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ABOVE SUSPICION

ABOVE SUSPICION

by Joe Sharkey | Read by Marc Cashman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This true-crime audiobook has all the elements of a fictional potboiler, right down to its surprise ending. An FBI agent cultivates a source who is a drug addict; she falls in love with him, insinuates herself into his personal life, and, well, you'll have to listen. Narrator Marc Cashman has the requisite low, masculine voice usually associated with such stories. However, his... Read More

AN AMERICAN FAMILY

AN AMERICAN FAMILY A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

by Khizr Khan | Read by Khizr Khan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Khizr Khan gained public attention at the Democratic National Convention when he talked about the loss of his son in combat and challenged Donald Trump's vision of America. This audiobook explores his journey from Pakistan to the United States, a true modern immigrant success story. His interest in America was piqued when, as a student in Pakistan, he read the Declaration of... 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

A BEAUTIFUL WORK IN PROGRESS

A BEAUTIFUL WORK IN PROGRESS

by Mirna Valerio | Read by Mirna Valerio

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Runner Mirna Valerio reads her memoir with the steady pace and cheerful spirit she brings to her ultra-marathons and 50k races. Her enthusiasm is palpable as she shares her story, which winds from her early days of discovering the joys of being an athlete to dire warnings she received when she was neglecting her health and then to her dedication and triumphs on the trail. She... Read More

THE BEST OF US

THE BEST OF US A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Joyce Maynard | Read by Joyce Maynard

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this soul-baring journey of love, tragedy, and recovery, author Joyce Maynard's satin voice delivers every emotion fluidly. In her mid-50s, Maynard finds the love of her life, and all is right with world. A year later, her husband is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With great skill Maynard modifies her pitch and tone to reflect a register of emotions from joy to... Read More

THE BIG CHAIR

THE BIG CHAIR The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager

by Ned Colletti, Joseph A. Reaves | Read by Ned Colletti

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A veteran baseball front-office executive for three teams details his life from his upbringing in Chicago to the nitty-gritty of his tenure with the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ned Colletti's authentic narration extends throughout the audiobook, which offers a great vantage point for any fan who wants to understand what a general manager... 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

CAPITAL GAINES

CAPITAL GAINES The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff

by Chip Gaines, Mark Dagostina | Read by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, Rachel Agee, Gabe Wicks

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Entrepreneur Chip Gaines, a construction expert, and his wife, Joanna, a designer, are well known for their HGTV "Fixer Upper" shows and their Magnolia business entities. Here Chip offers a memoir filled with life lessons. The bombshell here is his announcement that their TV series will end after the current season concludes. The reason given is their need for more family time... Read More

CHASING GRACE

CHASING GRACE What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life

by Sanya Richards-Ross | Read by Sanya Richards-Ross

Zondervan | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As she humbly shares the lessons she's learned about track, life, and God, Sanya Richards-Ross encourages listeners to never stop striving to run the good race. Richards-Ross begins her story by inviting listeners into her family's home in Jamaica, where she is preparing for one of her earliest races. She transitions into each new chapter as she would into the next stretch of a... Read More

DARE NOT LINGER

DARE NOT LINGER The Presidential Years

by Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa, Graça Machel [Prologue] | Read by Adrian Lester

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This important audiobook is the second volume of Mandela's memoirs, which were left unfinished when he died in 2013. It's more a collection of speeches than a finished narrative, but it gives us a fuller picture of this extraordinary man. Narrator Adrian Lester takes immediate control of the work, lending it a serious, consequential, worldly air. His Jamaican-tinged British... 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

ENDURANCE

ENDURANCE A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

by Scott Kelly | Read by Scott Kelly

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fulfilling the responsibilities of both author and narrator, astronaut Scott Kelly shares his memoir of his preparation, training, and execution of a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. While he effectively describes the unique challenges of lengthy spaceflight, Kelly's monotone, sadly, does little to enhance his story. He fails to to breathe much life... Read More

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

ERNEST HEMINGWAY A Biography

by Mary V. Dearborn | Read by Tanya Eby

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Everyone has heard of Ernest Hemingway, but not everyone knows the man behind the classic novels. Tanya Eby offers a wonderful narration of this in-depth biography of the literary giant. While a female voice reading a biography of a male figure may cause some dissonance to the listener, it does have the feel of sitting with a loving daughter who is recollecting her many fond... Read More

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT A Political Life

by Robert Dallek | Read by Rick Adamson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Franklin D. Roosevelt is remembered for his leadership during the Great Depression and WWII, dealing with his disability from polio, and his efforts in conservation--but this work focuses on his political sense and accomplishments. Rick Adamson offers an even, easy-on-the-ears narration. He varies his tone slightly, which makes some of the more arcane sections flow without... 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

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

I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP

I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP Life Lessons

by Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss | Read by Kevin Hart

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

Fans of Kevin Hart's stand-up comedy will find much to admire in this frank, funny, honest look at a harsh childhood. Hart's sense of humor comes through in his narration. From the moment his mother finds out about her unwanted pregnancy to the time his father presents a lost dog as a pet, the anecdotes are told at a rapid-fire pace that lessens the sorrow of the child and... Read More

JANE & ME

JANE & ME My Austen Heritage

by Caroline Jane Knight | Read by Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Austen fans will be excited by the new insights into their favorite author provided in this memoir by an Austen relative--who actually lived in the family home. Narrator Alison Larkin certainly bubbles with excitement for her subject. She enthuses over author Caroline Jane Knight's late-gained appreciation for her "very great" great-aunt and the rest of her historic family. The... Read More

L'APPART

L'APPART The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

by David Lebovitz | Read by Graham Halstead

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners may well find that this is pretty much the most charming audiobook about a home renovation disaster that they can imagine. American cookbook author David Lebovitz decides to buy and renovate an apartment in Paris, and narrator Graham Halstead captures both the horror and the humor as the process spirals wildly out of control. Halstead pronounces copious French words... Read More

THE LEGACY OF LUTHER

THE LEGACY OF LUTHER

by R.C. Sproul, Stephen J. Nichols | Read by Bob Souer

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bob Souer accomplishes the rare feat of narrating an academic work that permits the listener to become so immersed in the life of the Great Reformer, Martin Luther, that it is easy to lose track of time. Because of Souer's strong and authoritative voice, anyone who listens to this work will quickly realize that he or she is being treated to a graduate-level study and discussion... 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

LOU REED

LOU REED A Life

by Anthony DeCurtis | Read by Peter Coleman

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

ROLLING STONE magazine contributor Anthony DeCurtis has written a subtly drawn portrait of Lou Reed, the man generally credited to have created alternative rock. Narrator Peter Coleman delivers a nuanced, passionate performance, and the overall listening experience is as dark, jagged, and contradictory as Reed himself. Reed died at age 71 in 2013. The iconic, complex musician... Read More

LOVING ROBERT LOWELL

LOVING ROBERT LOWELL

by Sandra Hochman | Read by Dawn Harvey

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Aside from a tendency to mispronounce Hebrew and Yiddish words, Dawn Harvey does a mostly fine job of narrating this memoir. The text, however, seems hurriedly written and poorly edited. While we learn much that we may not have known about the author's life, there is little about the great mid-twentieth-century poet Lowell that will be new to anyone who has read a biography.... Read More

MARITA

MARITA The Spy Who Loved Castro

by Marita Lorenz | Read by Carol Monda

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Marita Lorenz was traveling with her father, a ship owner, when she met Fidel Castro. The passion in Carol Monda's voice as she narrates this first-person account suggests that Lorenz fell hard for the Cuban leader. But that didn't keep her from becoming involved with an an American plot to kill him. As she tells of that involvement, Monda's voice suggests an undercurrent of... Read More

MICROBE HUNTERS

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

MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS

MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Perry | Read by Michael Perry

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Would you enjoy listening for five hours to a Wisconsin volunteer fireman discoursing on a sixteenth-century French essayist? You bet. Michael Perry is a contemporary equivalent of the traditional American humorist exemplified by Mark Twain and Finley Peter Dunne's "Mr. Dooley"--a faux rube who balances common sense with a droll, biting wit. Far from the wise yokels of old,... 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

NIXON'S WHITE HOUSE WARS

NIXON'S WHITE HOUSE WARS The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever

by Patrick J. Buchanan | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Former White House Communications Director and political commentator Pat Buchanan reminds listeners that today's political devisiveness runs deep and is of a more historic nature than we are willing to admit. Narrator Arthur Morey's grizzled voice suggests a man who fondly recalls his past work with the president of the United States (Reagan) yet has a twinge of regret.... 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 BLINDNESS

NOTES ON BLINDNESS A Journey Through the Dark

by John Hull | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Novel Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Nicholas Guy Smith touchingly portrays academic-theologian-writer John Hull as he descends into blindness days before his son is born. Hull kept a meticulous diary on audiotape as he adjusted to his disability. Smith delivers Hull's graphic descriptions of caring for his children, walking to work, and delivering lectures--all without vision. Listeners will share his... 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

OUT OF LINE

OUT OF LINE A Life of Playing With Fire

by Barbara Lynch | Read by Christina Delaine

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Christina Delaine narrates this audiobook with effervescent joy. Her enthusiasm for the cooking, dining, and restaurant experiences of chef Barbara Lynch makes her narration especially satisfying. Lynch's tough background and extraordinary success are well told and read with candor, exhilaration, and empathy. Whether it's the tough times growing up as a "wicked pissah" in south... 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

RANGER GAMES

RANGER GAMES A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime

Earphones Award Winner

by Ben Blum | Read by Johnathan McClain

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

What would incite an Army Ranger with a spotless record and boundless potential to rob a bank and throw his career away? That's the question Ben Blum sets out to answer in this outstanding piece of personal journalism about his cousin Alex, who committed this inexplicable crime. Narrator Johnathan McClain's pacing is ideal. He carries the narrative briskly along, using more... Read More

READING WITH PATRICK

READING WITH PATRICK A Teacher, a Student and a Life-Changing Friendship

by Michelle Kuo | Read by Michelle Kuo

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Michelle Kuo narrates her memoir about her relationship with Patrick, a student she first met as a young teacher in the Mississippi Delta who made a lasting mark on her life. Kuo's straightforward narration provides clarity, although her lack of nuance in pitch and tone gives everything the same weight, whether it's her ambivalence about starting law school or the news years... 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

SOUL SURVIVOR

SOUL SURVIVOR A Biography of Al Green

by Jimmy McDonough | Read by JD Jackson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lauded author and journalist Jimmy McDonough tackles the tough assignment of helping to define one of the greatest soul singers of all time, Al Green. Green is well known to be elusive, mysterious, and eccentric. Narrator JD Jackson provides a perfectly suited narration--hip, urbane, articulate, polished, and musical. There's little question that there are multiple... 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

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

UNSTOPPABLE

UNSTOPPABLE My Life So Far

by Maria Sharapova | Read by Maria Sharapova

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The tennis star reads her life story, which is split into two halves: her formative years as a young girl with her father after they immigrated to the United States, and then her career on the courts. She reads with little intonation, save for occasional introspective moments, but she is clear throughout her story. It isn't the most stunning narration, but her background, take... Read More

VACATIONLAND

VACATIONLAND True Stories from Painful Beaches

Earphones Award Winner

by John Hodgman | Read by John Hodgman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's no surprise that an audiobook by humorist John Hodgman is funny. More surprising, though, are the emotional depths Hodgman reaches in this assortment of essays. Hodgman is known for his work on "The Daily Show" and as the stodgy personification of a PC in Apple's "Get a Mac" commercials. He brings the expected dose of sardonic humor to his narration but is also a gifted... 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

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS A Writer's Memoir

by Amy Tan | Read by Amy Tan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Add capable audiobook narrator to the list of Amy Tan's many talents. Her unique memoir is made all the more accessible and personal through her animated performance, which puts the emphasis on survival and perseverance instead of obstacles and hardships. In this nonlinear overview of her life, Tan talks not only about her struggles with health issues, her mother's bouts of... 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

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