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ALL HAPPY FAMILIES

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES A Memoir

by Jeanne McCulloch | Read by Gabra Zackman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Although the author's wedding frames the events of this memoir, it is her mother--imperious, manipulative, intelligent, and protective--who is the focus of this memoir, thanks in part to Gabra Zackman's evocative narration. Just days before the wedding, McCulloch's alcoholic father suffered a stroke and went into a coma that he never emerged from. McCulloch uses the occasion of... Read More

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

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 BOY ON THE BEACH

THE BOY ON THE BEACH My Family's Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home

by Tima Kurdi | Read by Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At the end of the summer of 2015, the image of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian migrant boy whose body washed up onshore after a failed attempt to cross the Mediterranean, circulated worldwide and remains indelible. His story, and that of his family, is narrated by Soneela Nankani, who treats the entire account with tenderness and sorrow. Nankani retells the complicated series... Read More

BRUCE LEE

BRUCE LEE A Life

by Matthew Polly | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this authoritative biographical audiobook, the efforts of Bruce Lee to bring his philosophy and his martial arts expertise to the U.S. are well documented. Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's performance brings Lee to life with exuberance and energy. He was relentless in his pursuit of fame, and Ross conveys that frenzy with his rhythm, tone, and timing. Lee died suddenly at the... Read More

CAMP AUSTEN

CAMP AUSTEN My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan

by Ted Scheinman | Read by Ted Scheinman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Humor and tenderness abound as author and narrator Ted Scheinman recollects how he became a Jane Austen superfan. An avid and eclectic reader and the son of a devoted Jane Austen academic, Scheinman was immersed in literature and the world of Jane Austen at an early age. In graduate school he founded a Jane Austen Summer Camp, which gave him a glimpse of the secret society of... 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

CRUX

CRUX A Cross-Border Memoir

by Jean Guerrero | Read by Jean Guerrero

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook succeeds because the author's performance is as powerful and emotionally driven as the story she tells. Guerrero's father, Marco Antonio, a Mexican immigrant, was an enigmatic presence. At times a genius, at times unstable, he was an erratic and elusive person whose brilliance was interrupted by numerous demons, including alcohol, drugs, and mental illness.... 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

FASHION CLIMBING

FASHION CLIMBING

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als [Preface] | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bill Cunningham was something like a secular monk whose high church was fashion. The joy with which he pursued his devotions is so contagious and charming that not only is this a delightful listen, it is a life lesson in how to celebrate creation. This memoir covers his early career as a milliner long before his career-capping photographic stint as the NEW YORK TIMES'... 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

FLY GIRLS

FLY GIRLS How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

by Keith O'Brien | Read by Erin Bennett

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Erin Bennett's clear, crisp articulation highlights the stories of five female pilots who sought to compete in air races from 1927 to 1936. The story culminates with the best-known event of the period, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Bennett reflects the author's horror at the many accidents suffered by pilots over the years, as well as his indignation at the... Read More

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL A Memoir

by Beck Dorey-Stein | Read by Beck Dorey-Stein

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

President Obama's stenographer has a ton of great stories to share from her time in the Oval Office--from how she got the job (an unassuming ad on Craigslist!) to her questioning of aspects of the subsequent administration, which led to her decision to quit. This wealth of fascinating information is compromised by Dorey-Stein's narration of her own beautiful prose. The lack of... 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

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

IN PIECES

IN PIECES

by Sally Field | Read by Sally Field

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Sally Field, who has won two Academy Awards, delivers a powerhouse performance of her first memoir. Her aging timbre doesn't detract from the sensitivity that her personal narration brings to the story of her troubled childhood, early television roles, and ultimate success as a sophisticated and well-modulated actor and producer. In many respects, Field states, the volume... Read More

JELL-O GIRLS

JELL-O GIRLS A Family History

by Allie Rowbottom | Read by Allie Rowbottom

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Allie Rowbottom's family has enjoyed several generations of privilege due to an ancestor's purchase of the patent for Jell-O. Part memoir, part family history, Rowbottom's writings weave together a story that imparts how, along with benefiting from the riches gleaned from Jell-O sales, the family has suffered more than a century of pain and loss. Though the... 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

LIVE LONG AND...

LIVE LONG AND... What I Learned Along the Way

by William Shatner, David Fisher | Read by William Shatner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

William Shatner's latest audiobook effort offers an authentic, moderately paced narration dotted with self-deprecating humor. While this work is still another memoir at its core, his performance emphasizes many realities of growing older. Shatner's familiar voice periodically has a bit of a stammer that seems unintended yet entirely natural, and not a bit distracting. At the... 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

THE MAN WHO CLIMBS TREES

THE MAN WHO CLIMBS TREES The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Camerman

Earphones Award Winner

by James Aldred | Read by Samuel Roukin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Samuel Roukin expertly runs the gamut of emotions narrating wildlife photographer James Aldred's memoir of climbing trees for a living. In exchange for wielding a camera for the BBC and National Geographic, Aldred communes with monkeys, takes in the view, and builds tree houses. Roukin conveys Aldred's awe at these gigantic trees and the magic of the wildlife, as well... Read More

MARILYN MONROE

MARILYN MONROE The Private Life of a Public Icon

by Charles Casillo | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Thérèse Plummer's over-the-top narration and several mispronunciations of celebrated people's names are distracting elements in this audiobook. The author presents it as having both new information and new perspectives on the troubled life and somewhat mysterious death of American movie icon Marilyn Monroe. Emphasizing her final two years, the audiobook has an emotional tone... 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

THE NEVER-ENDING PRESENT

THE NEVER-ENDING PRESENT The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Barclay | Read by George Stroumboulopoulos

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Relatively unknown in the U.S., the rock band known as the Tragically Hip is wildly popular in their native Canada. They achieved mythic status during their final tour in 2016, when their singer, Gord Downie, was suffering from terminal brain cancer. George Stroumboulopoulos, a TV and radio broadcaster who knew the band well, is the ideal voice for this comprehensive chronicle... 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

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

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

RENAISSANCE WOMAN The Life of Vittoria Colonna

by Ramie Targoff | Read by Justine Eyre

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Italian Renaissance poet Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara, comes to life through Targoff's extensive research and compelling narrative. Narrator Justine Eyre's fluid and flavorful pronunciation of Italian words and expressions transports listeners deeper into Vittoria's privileged world. Born into a powerful Italian family, Vittoria held a front-row seat to an era rife... Read More

ROBERT F. KENNEDY: RIPPLES OF HOPE

ROBERT F. KENNEDY: RIPPLES OF HOPE Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Father's Impact on Their Lives

by Kerry Kennedy | Read by Rory Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Peter Gallagher, Catherine Keener

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Multiple narrators discuss Robert F. Kennedy's lasting influence 50 years after his 1968 assassination. Daughter and author Kerry Kennedy narrates her portion of interviews with political, media, and business leaders and celebrities with little variation in inflection. While Peter Gallagher gives some character traits to the men whose words he is narrating, some unusual... 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

SICK

SICK A Memoir

by Porochista Khakpour | Read by Yetta Gottesman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As the title suggests, this audiobook depicts Khakpour's lifelong struggle with chronic illness and the complications that come along with it. Narrator Yetta Gottesman does an excellent job voicing a complex story that follows the lead of memory rather than chronology. Her voice inspires empathy, and her performance of dialogue is organic and easy to follow. Understandably, the... 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

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

by Kenny Leon, Samuel 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

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

THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS

THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

by Claudia Renton | Read by Claudia Renton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Claudia Renton presents the parlors, penchants, and peccadillos of the outrageously rich Wyndham family and their fellow aristocrats, politicians, and power brokers in late-Victorian and Edwardian England. With genteel accents appropriate to the period, Renton delivers lyrical descriptions of the beautiful and charming Wyndham sisters, Mary, Madeline, and... Read More

TICKER

TICKER The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart

Earphones Award Winner

by Mimi Swartz | Read by Lydia Mackay

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lydia Mackay's bread and butter is providing voices for anime characters; her work as an audiobook narrator is rare, but it goes straight to the heart in this performance. This compelling story of the ongoing efforts to build a viable artificial heart combines first-rate journalism with a pitch-perfect voice. Swartz is a marvelous reporter and storyteller who must have built a... 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

WOULD YOU RATHER?

WOULD YOU RATHER? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out

by Katie Heaney | Read by Katie Heaney

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Katie Heaney wrote her first memoir at age 25 (NEVER HAVE I EVER). At that time she was still searching for the right guy to sweep her off her feet. Amid a lot of soul-searching over the next three years, she realized that she is a lesbian and that she was really looking for the right woman. In this essay collection, Heaney recaptures the anxiety and tension of having crushes... 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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