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AFTER EMILY

AFTER EMILY Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

by Julie Dobrow | Read by Andrea Gallo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Andrea Gallo instructively narrates the intriguing true story of two women of Amherst, Massachusetts, Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, who brought Emily Dickinson's literary genius to light after her death. Gallo's clear, steady assertiveness conveys an unfolding audio docudrama filled with surprises about who and what shaped the poet, whom the world... Read More

ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED

ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

by Katharine Smyth | Read by Brittany Pressley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Brittany Pressley's stunning narration captures the difficult process of a cancer diagnosis, hospice care, and, ultimately, losing a parent--all of which is heard through a loving analysis of the writing of Virginia Woolf. As a young college student, Smyth studies the works of Woolf and also comes face to face with the diagnosis of her father's bladder cancer. Pressley steps... Read More

THE ART OF LEAVING

THE ART OF LEAVING A Memoir

by Ayelet Tsabari | Read by Ayelet Tsabari

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ayelet Tsabari narrates her own version of womanly soul-searching, reminiscent of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, in a pensive voice. Her journey is far from smooth. We join her as she recounts with raw honesty bouncing from Israel to the United States, Canada, Thailand, and India. Listeners will be drawn in by her direct, unflinching revelations of aspects of her life-- from the untimely... Read More

ARTHUR ASHE

ARTHUR ASHE A Life

by Raymond Arsenault | Read by Desean Kevin Terry

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This exhaustive biography covers the tennis great's life--his childhood in Virginia, his time at UCLA and then his career. Desean Terry's narration remains steady as he recaps Ashe's emergence as a quiet athlete who slowly begins immersing himself in knowledge and books to shape his opinions of world affairs, eventually becoming a respected leader off the court. Terry produces... Read More

THE BETRAYAL OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

THE BETRAYAL OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival

by Kate Williams | Read by Anne Flosnik

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As Anne Flosnik narrates, listeners learn of Mary Stuart's life as she moves from Scotland to France and back again. After a tumultuous reign, she flees across Scotland to safety in England under the protection of Queen Elizabeth I. This biography focuses on betrayals in the various courts where Mary lived. Betrayed by her Scottish counselors and spouses before, during, and... Read More

BEWARE OF LIMBO DANCERS

BEWARE OF LIMBO DANCERS A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times

by Roy Reed | Read by Marlin May

University Press Audiobooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Marlin May inhabits Arkansan Roy Reed in his memoir. A correspondent for the NEW YORK TIMES, he was in Selma on Bloody Sunday and shares his heartrending observations of police brutality toward the marchers. May humorously delivers Reed's comments that he had to learn "New York speak," while the TIMES staff had to master his Southern drawl. Listeners will gasp to hear... Read More

BITWISE

BITWISE A Life in Code

by David Auerbach | Read by David Marantz

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Marantz's narration does not do justice to the mind of author and software engineer David Auerbach. Marantz's narration is too dry and feels automatic rather than playful, as Auerbach's prose suggests. His voice seems more concentrated on consistency than on instilling life into the scenes that Auerbach weaves together. Bringing together the life of the mind and the... Read More

THE BOLD WORLD

THE BOLD WORLD A Memoir of Family and Transformation

by Jodie Patterson | Read by Jodie Patterson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author-narrator Jodie Patterson, who is a social activist and entrepreneur, shares her relatable struggle to find a harmonious balance of self, family life, and career. Her conversational style engages listeners with her account of her formative New York City childhood and undergraduate years at Spelman College. Patterson's love and respect for her family are at the heart of... Read More

BOOKWORM

BOOKWORM A Memoir of Childhood Reading

by Lucy Mangan | Read by Lucy Mangan

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Lucy Mangan is British, charming, and wryly funny. She's also a bookworm. As a child, she read voraciously, found fictional life to be more compelling than real life, and wasn't sure how being sent to her room by herself was a punishment. This delightful tribute to the joys of reading is further elevated by Mangan's warm tone, appealing accent, and... Read More

BOOT LANGUAGE

BOOT LANGUAGE

by Vanya Erickson | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Vanya Erickson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Nicol Zanzarella portrays Vanya Erickson as resilient and forgiving in her memoir about her erratic upbringing by a father suffering from PTSD after WWII and a Christian Scientist mother. Zanzarella plunges herself into Erickson's life and surroundings to sincerely describe the strong feelings of isolation that would leave the author feeling paralyzed with fear.... Read More

BROWN WHITE BLACK

BROWN WHITE BLACK An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

by Nishta J. Mehra | Read by Nishta J. Mehra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this audiobook, there is a disconnect between what author Nishta J. Mehra writes and how she conveys it in her narration. Mehra shares how she navigated the challenges of being an Indian-American growing up in the South, coming out to her family, and adopting an African-American baby with her wife. Her narration is decent but can sound flat--as if she is saying the words but... Read More

BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS

BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury

by Deb Brandon | Read by Helen Lloyd

She Writes Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Helen Lloyd's voice often sounds remarkably calm as she narrates Deb Brandon's recollections of medical emergencies and sensory overloads. That calm accentuates the moments of sheer panic that Brandon experienced in her recovery from brain hemorrhages and multiple surgeries. Brandon, a Carnegie Mellon University math professor, shares the frustrations of relearning... Read More

CROWDED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

CROWDED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America

by Bo Brock | Read by Lewis Arlt

Rare Bird Publishing Company | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lewis Arlt portrays veterinarian Bo Brock so realistically that it feels like he's speaking from Brock's clinic or a farmyard. His Texas accent adds authenticity as Brock details his childhood of loving and caring for animals. Listeners will be delighted to meet Pawpaw, whose kindness and wisdom influence the vet's entire career. Arlt's timing and tone demonstrate the... Read More

DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE

DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE

by Yiyun Li | Read by Jennifer Ikeda

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Despite her best efforts, the youthfully vibrant quality of Jennifer Ikeda's narration is not an ideal match for this mature and complex material. In her powerfully intimate first work of nonfiction, Chinese-American author Yiyun Li reveals the difficulties of living with suicidal depressive tendencies and, in particular, her strong conviction that the struggles she and others... Read More

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

by Olivia Newton-John | Read by Olivia Newton-John

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Australian music and screen star Olivia Newton-John narrates her thoughtful, candid look at her life and career. Articulate and laced with self-deprecating humor, this is an enjoyable romp that also examines the darker realms of her life, including her cancer diagnoses and treatments. Of particular interest in her warm and evocative performance is her belief in the late Louise... Read More

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

by Tommy Tomlinson | Read by Tommy Tomlinson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tommy Tomlinson narrates his audiobook in a voice filled with the honest heart and soul-baring courage of his writing. Tomlinson, diagnosed as morbidly obese, grew up in a loving household, a love demonstrated through meals. He discusses openly his experiences of having to navigate a world not built for people his size. He describes his reflexive ability to consume food, a... Read More

THE EYE

THE EYE An Insiders Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art

by Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne [Trans.] | Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robertson Dean narrates this audiobook in an authoritative style that suits the high culture of its subject. He delivers an appropriately high-brow tone--for this audiobook may be categorized as appealing mostly to those in the specialized world of art appreciation, authentication, and the evaluation of provenance. The author, a French "Eye," takes the listener through the... Read More

FAY WRAY AND ROBERT RISKIN

FAY WRAY AND ROBERT RISKIN A Hollywood Memoir

by Victoria Riskin | Read by Julia Whelan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Julia Whelan's tone is just right for this intimate look at Hollywood's Golden Age. A lovely tribute, this dual biography describes the lives of Riskin's parents. Her mother, actress Fay Wray, made over 120 films and is best remembered for being the beauty the beast falls for in KING KONG. Her father, Academy Award-winning producer and screenwriter Robert Riskin, is... Read More

FIGURING

FIGURING

Earphones Award Winner

by Maria Popova | Read by Natascha McElhone

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's difficult to imagine a better narrator than Natascha McElhone for this exploration of how art, music, writing, science, and love intersect across time and space, folding in on themselves and changing our worldviews and self-images. McElhone's soft voice and poetic cadence guide listeners into the personal and professional lives of groundbreaking women such as astronomer... Read More

FIRST

FIRST Sandra Day O'Connor

Earphones Award Winner

by Evan Thomas | Read by Kirsten Potter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You know an audiobook is good when you have to choose between listening and sleeping during an overnight transoceanic airplane flight. Kirsten Potter narrates this biography of America's first female Supreme Court justice with enthusiasm and clarity. She adjusts her tone to suit the subject matter, ranging from warmly personal in family sections to evenhandedly serious in... Read More

FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY

FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY An Inaugural Poet's Journey

by Richard Blanco | Read by Richard Blanco

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Poet Richard Blanco discusses important aspects of his life, commenting in particular on being an openly gay Latino immigrant and on having been named an inaugural poet by President Barack Obama. He also talks about struggling to find his place in America as a new immigrant. This short work features four poems, narrated in a haunting tone. "Where did I come from? Where do I... Read More

FOURSOME

FOURSOME Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

by Carolyn Burke | Read by Amanda Carlin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Amanda Carlin delivers a straightforward performance of this biography of four influential artists of the early twentieth century. The story centers around the established photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz and his complicated relationships with the young painters Georgia O'Keefe and Rebecca Salsbury and his protégé photographer, Paul Strand. The artists... Read More

FUNNY MAN

FUNNY MAN Mel Brooks

by Patrick McGilligan | Read by Stephen Hoye

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Film historian McGilligan offers the first full biography of comedy icon Mel Brooks. Narrator Stephen Hoye picks up on McGilligan's snarky tone, delivering the numerous negatives about the mercurial writer/actor/director/producer with admirable objectivity. Brooks, the comedy genius who created YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, BLAZING SADDLES, and THE PRODUCERS, was also a fractious... Read More

GRATEFUL AMERICAN

GRATEFUL AMERICAN A Journey from Self to Service

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary Sinise, Marcus Brotherton | Read by Gary Sinise

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Gary Sinise's familiar gravelly voice evokes genuine emotion as he tells of his struggle to find his place in the acting world and how he was inspired to give back to the men and women who serve in the U.S. military and to first responders like police and firefighters. Sinise uses his skills as a director and writer to bring order to the scenes described in the story. He... Read More

HERSHEY

HERSHEY Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Weath, Empire, and Utopian Dreams

by Michael D'Antonio | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jonathan Yen's voice takes listeners to a place where "the air smells like sweet cocoa." This biography tells the story of Milton S. Hershey's life as well as the birth and growth of his famous chocolate company, the town named after him, and the progressive ideas of an earlier era. Hershey, Pennsylvania, was created from Hershey's vision of a utopia, a vision that was... Read More

HOLLYWOOD'S EVE

HOLLYWOOD'S EVE

by Lili Anolik | Read by Jayme Mattler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jayme Matler's husky timbre and broad tonality are a good match for this biography, a highly personal appreciation of Eve Babitz, goddaughter of composer Igor Stravinsky. But Babitz's experiences as a beautiful, bisexual young woman in 1960s and '70s Hollywood are confusing at best. Her story is set deeply within the movie, music, and drug scenes of that time. She is... Read More

I AM YOURS

I AM YOURS A Shared Memoir

by Reema Zaman | Read by Reema Zaman

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Reema Zaman delivers her memoir in a bold, firm voice full of strength as she describes how she came to be a feminist writer living in Oregon. Her story begins in a traditional Bangladeshi home when she is a girl. She draws the listener in as though we were sitting down for coffee and swapping stories of our youth. In a contemplative tone, Zaman describes her mother's limited... Read More

I.M.

I.M. A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Isaac Mizrahi | Read by Isaac Mizrahi

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fashion designer and television personality Mizrahi recounts the challenges of growing up gay in 1960s Brooklyn in a Syrian-Jewish Orthodox family. His story is told in dryly witty tones illuminated by moments of unbridled raw emotion. It was a time when everything was conservative except clothes for young women--who were decked out to attract rich husbands. Mizrahi speaks... Read More

JOHN MARSHALL

JOHN MARSHALL The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

by Richard Brookhiser | Read by Robert Fass

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The music that frames the beginning of Robert Fass's narration sets the tone for the rest of this audiobook about John Marshall, who became the Supreme Court's chief justice in 1801. The work is classy, dramatic, and important, and Fass doesn't disappoint as he uses his warm, low tone and clear diction to interpret the author's words so that we can enjoy and learn from them.... Read More

KARAMO

KARAMO My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

by Karamo Brown | Read by Karamo Brown

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In deep tones that will be familiar to viewers of Netflix's "Queer Eye," social worker and cultural commentator Karamo Brown narrates his debut audiobook. Blending memoir with inspirational lessons, he recounts the joys and challenges of his life, including his unorthodox routes to fame and fatherhood, his experiences with addiction and abuse, and his ambitious drive. He... Read More

THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

by Mallory O'Meara | Read by Mallory O'Meara

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mallory O'Meara offers her first audiobook after a career in the independent film and new media industries. Her pleasant but mostly unvaried narration does little to shed light on her well-researched portrait of the first of very few women who have designed monsters for horror films, former Disney animator and special effects designer Milicent Patrick. Much of the audiobook... Read More

THE LAMBS

THE LAMBS My Father, a Farm, and the Gift of a Flock of Sheep

by Carole George | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audio memoir--about the author's relationship with her father and the flock of sheep she comes to know and love--also fits the genre of personal transformation. Ann Marie Lee captures the author's thoughtful tone as George comes to reflect on her successful urban law career and reconsider what matters most to her, including rediscovering the thread of her literary life. As... Read More

THE LAST GIRL

THE LAST GIRL My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

by Nadia Murad, Amal Clooney [Intro.] | Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a harrowing account of the ISIS targeting of the Yazedi people, particularly the women, as written by one of the survivors. Ilyana Kadushin narrates in a respectful, somber tone that belies the strength of the author. At a measured pace, she pays tribute to the many who were subjected to unspeakable atrocities, including the abduction and murder of family... Read More

LET'S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK)

LET'S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK) A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

by Jeff Tweedy | Read by Jeff Tweedy

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the alternative rock band Wilco would likely be upset if anyone other than its leader, Jeff Tweedy, performed his audiobook memoir. The occasional Wilco snark and meandering monologue herein are in keeping with his onstage persona. Maybe a professional narrator might have had an easier time with the pacing, but he couldn't capture the spirit. This work will also delight... Read More

A LIFE OF MY OWN

A LIFE OF MY OWN A Memoir

by Claire Tomalin | Read by Penelope Wilton

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Penelope Wilton narrates this memoir in Claire Tomalin's voice. Her accent fits the voice of this British writer and editor as she recounts the events of a life spent immersed in the literary world of the twentieth century. Tomalin has certainly written some well-received biographies--of Dickens and Mary Shelley for example--and lived an interesting life that should have made... Read More

A LIGHT SO LOVELY

A LIGHT SO LOVELY The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of a Wrinkle in Time

by Sarah Arthur | Read by Simona Chitescu-Welk

Zondervan | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simona Chitescu-Weik narrates this introspective tribute to the life and work of Madeleine L'Engle. She does so in a heartfelt, pensive voice that takes listeners through the writer's childhood and influences. Fans of the Wrinkle in Time trilogy and other work by the prolific author will find insights here, including an exploration of L'Engle's complex spirituality.... Read More

LOVE FROM BOY

LOVE FROM BOY Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother

by Donald Sturrock [Ed.] | Read by Thomas Judd, Andrew Wincott

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Andrew Wincott and Thomas Judd narrate this collection of letters written by author Roald Dahl to his mother from the time he was a child in boarding school until he was well into middle age. Judd shines as the young Dahl, opening with a clipped, boyish cadence and enthusiasm that match the breathless tone of Dahl's descriptions of life at school, and various requests and... Read More

MAID

MAID Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

by Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich [Foreword] | Read by Stephanie Land, Molly Parker Meyers [Foreword]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At times, Stephanie Land's frustration, fatigue, and fear can be heard in her voice as she narrates her memoir about making ends meet as a single mother while recovering from an abusive relationship and trying to become self-reliant. Although the insights about her experiences, her growth, and the limited support available for people in poverty make this audiobook worth... Read More

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS The True Life of Mary Stuart

Earphones Award Winner

by John Guy | Read by Lucy Rayner

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lucy Rayner's melodic narration of this full-length biography of Mary Queen of Scots is a unique experience. Her sweet voice and sweeping tones are reminiscent of an epic poem as opposed to a history of this tumultuous period of English and Scottish history. From Stuart's birth and before, through her marriages, reigns in France and Scotland, and imprisonment in the Tower of... Read More

MEMOIRS

MEMOIRS

by David Rockefeller | Read by Dan Woren

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dan Woren narrates the late David Rockefeller's memoirs in the matter-of-fact style they were written. With his passing in March 2017, an important period in the Rockefeller family came to a close as did a dynamic era in American history. Woren's aptitude for simply delivering the information in the text empowers listeners to make their own judgments of Rockefeller's seemingly... Read More

MIRACLE IN SHREVEPORT

MIRACLE IN SHREVEPORT A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium That Launched a Dream

by David Benham, Jason Benham | Read by David Benham, Jason Benham

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham, sons of a baseball-loving pastor, narrate their own story of growing up in Texas, where they dreamed of becoming ballplayers good enough to get drafted. Throughout their youth they focused on one goal: playing together in a stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The genuine tone of the brothers' narration lends authenticity to their audiobook.... Read More

NATIVE COUNTRY OF THE HEART

NATIVE COUNTRY OF THE HEART A Memoir

by Cherrie Moraga | Read by Cherrie Moraga

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Cherrie Moraga's gravelly voice and impeccable pronunciation aptly convey the harsh lives of her family of origin, especially her Mexican mother and Anglo father. She convincingly compares her own life as a lesbian woman with her mother, Elvira's, experiences as a poor, uneducated Hispanic woman. The well-rendered poetic text and spirited descriptions create an authentic... Read More

NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET

NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET

by Craig Brown | Read by Eleanor Bron

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Eleanor Bron confidently uses her British accent to charm and mildly hypnotize listeners with this disappointing loose biography of Queen's Elizabeth's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret. The royal herself was vivacious, artsy, and elegant--and often known to exhibit sudden changes in mood. This audiobook ultimately gives no clear understanding of or even... Read More

NINTH STREET WOMEN

NINTH STREET WOMEN Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Gabriel | Read by Lisa Stathoplos

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lisa Stathoplos maintains a steady pace throughout this lengthy and interesting story of five female abstract expressionist painters who were often overshadowed by their more famous husbands and fellow artists. Stathoplos's thoughtfully placed emphasis on the many quotes taken from interviews, journals, and critical writings keeps the narrative exciting. Lee Krasner,... Read More

NO HAPPY ENDINGS

NO HAPPY ENDINGS A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Nora McInerny | Read by Nora McInerny

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and podcaster Nora McInerny narrates this story of finding something new and unexpected in the aftermath of great loss. Her second memoir focuses on the reverberations of three deaths over a short time period. First, she loses a baby to miscarriage, and then both her father and her young husband die of cancer. McInerny's narration captivates the listener with its depth... Read More

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein | Read by Kwame Onwauchi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

What if your dream to open a fine dining restaurant came true and then died as it closed three months later? Kwame Onwuachi is memoirist turned narrator. His style is characterized by an unblinking honesty through which he reveals the story behind one of the most talked about new restaurants in Washington, DC. Onwuachi's indignation at the restaurant industry, and chronicle of... Read More

THE ONLY GIRL

THE ONLY GIRL My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

by Robin Green | Read by Robin Green

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Robin Green narrates her own #metoo story of life as the only woman at the boys' club that was ROLLING STONE magazine. The audiobook is an unabashed account of sex, drugs, more sex, and, oh yes, groundbreaking journalism. The weakest aspect of the work is Green's narration. A voice that sounds like too many years of cigarettes coupled with unintentional pauses makes the... Read More

THE PERFECT PREDATOR

THE PERFECT PREDATOR A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug

by Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson, Teresa Barker | Read by Christine Lakin, Dan Woren

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Christine Lakin is the principal narrator of Strathdee's story of her terrifying and frantic mission to save her husband, psychologist Thomas Patterson, from the deadly and multidrug-resistant superbug A. BAUMANNII. Lakin sweeps listeners into an account as terrifying as it is enthralling. When every approved treatment fails, Strathdee looks for any alternatives, finding a... Read More

THE PIANIST FROM SYRIA

THE PIANIST FROM SYRIA A Memoir

by Aeham Ahmad, Emanuel Bergmann [Trans.] | Read by Nezar Alderazi

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's not often an audiobook alters your worldview, but this story makes the disaster in Syria vivid and human in a way that headlines never could. Ahmad is a Palestinian growing up in Yarmouk, an "unofficial" Damascus refugee camp where his blind violinist father moves heaven and earth to enable him to become a musician. When, with Yarmouk in rubble and starving under Isis... Read More

QUEEN OF THE WORLD

QUEEN OF THE WORLD Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman

by Robert Hardman | Read by Robert Hardman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robert Hardman impeccably narrates his insightful new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In a smooth tone that is dignified yet warm, Hardman recounts highlights of the monarch's reign. Rather than a chronological biography, this account groups historical events into specific topics, such as royal overseas visits, working relationships with prime ministers, and state banquets.... Read More

QUEEN VICTORIA: TWENTY-FOUR DAYS THAT CHANGED HER LIFE

QUEEN VICTORIA: TWENTY-FOUR DAYS THAT CHANGED HER LIFE

by Lucy Worsley | Read by Lucy Paterson, Lucy Worsley [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lucy Paterson provides a charming portrayal of a mother, matron, minx, and monarch--Queen Victoria of England. Delivering 24 vignettes of the most important events in the queen's life, Paterson helps provide fascinating details about the reign of one of Britain's most famous royal figures. This audiobook is especially engaging because its format makes it more... Read More

RISK!

RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share

by Kevin Allison [Ed.] | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Robin Miles, Kevin Allison

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is derived from the RISK! podcast, which encourages people to take risks by disclosing personal stories. Its slogan is "True Tales, Boldly Told." Sadly, the "boldly told" feature got lost in the conversion of the podcast to an audiobook. Instead of allowing each author to tell their story, as is the case in the podcast, only three narrators, including host Kevin... Read More

RUSH

RUSH Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father

by Stephen Fried | Read by John H. Mayer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

John H. Mayer narrates this well-researched biography of Benjamin Rush, "America's Hippocrates," like an enthusiastic history professor who is eager that you appreciate the contributions made by this little known Founding Father. In his clear, likable voice he tells us that Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, an advocate for female education, an abolitionist,... Read More

THE SAKURA OBSESSION

THE SAKURA OBSESSION The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossoms

by Naoko Abe | Read by Ellen Archer, Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ellen Archer narrates this audiobook with grace and precision. In addition, Englishman Nicholas Guy Smith delivers the long quotations from the story's protagonist, Collingwood Ingram. The dual approach adds to this evocative and engrossing historical biography of the English plant collector whose passion for Japanese flowering cherry trees saved Japan's most indelible species... Read More

THE SALT PATH

THE SALT PATH A Memoir

by Raynor Winn | Read by Anne Reid

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Anne Reid narrates Winn's memoir in a thin voice that carries hints of reflection and weariness. It's perfect for the emotions that Winn shares about her hike along the Salt Path of the British coastline with her husband, Moth. Having lost their home and learned of Moth's debilitating illness, their story is often one of frustration. Reid makes listeners feel every blister,... Read More

SAVAGE FEAST

SAVAGE FEAST Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (a Memoir with Recipes)

by Boris Fishman | Read by Boris Fishman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Boris Fishman, whose family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the U.S., narrates this buoyant, revealing, and socially conscious family memoir, which includes many, many recipes. His resonant baritone is easy to enjoy; one notices his kind and relatable tone and judicious pace. The impact of the Holocaust is never far from the core of his articulate writing. On the... Read More

SAVE ME THE PLUMS

SAVE ME THE PLUMS My Gourmet Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Reichl | Read by Ruth Reichl

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Like her lively writing, Ruth Reichl's performance is inviting and engaging. Reichl's latest memoir is a juicy account of her decade as the editor in chief of the fabled culinary magazine GOURMET. Her fans will be happy to discover that, once again, she narrates her own work, and new listeners are in for a treat. Her clear affection for her co-workers, her passion for food and... Read More

THE SOONG SISTERS

THE SOONG SISTERS

by Emily Hahn | Read by Nancy Wu

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nancy Wu narrates this historical biography with little emotion or engagement. The work recounts how three daughters of American-educated Chinese businessman and Methodist missionary Charlie Soong became influential in the twentieth-century history of China. The three sisters, Soong Ai-ling, Soong Ching-ling, and Soong Mei-ling, were themselves products of American education... Read More

STORIES OF WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES

STORIES OF WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES

by Marie Teresa Brolis, Joyce Myerson [Trans.], Franco Cardini [Fore.] | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley transforms the English-language version of Italian historian Maria Teresa Brolis's medieval biographies into an engaging audiobook production centered on the lives of 16 women. Brolis's extensive scholarship draws from archives in Bergamo, Italy, to portray women of varying occupations and social class. Wiley distinguishes between quoted legal... Read More

SURVIVAL MATH

SURVIVAL MATH Notes on an All-American Family

by Mitchell S. Jackson | Read by Mitchell S. Jackson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Mitchell S. Jackson has created a provocative story about his family's history. Through it, he illuminates the African-American experience while offering insight into the specific circumstances of growing up in Portland, Oregon. Blending first- and second-person narratives, along with expository interludes and poetry, Jackson invites listeners to consider... Read More

THE TEMPORARY BRIDE

THE TEMPORARY BRIDE A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran

by Jennifer Klinec | Read by Laurence Bouvard

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jennifer Klinec's audiobook is a food memoir woven into an account of forbidden romance. Laurence Bouvard narrates in a light tone while describing Klinec's culinary adventures. Then, when the author makes a sharp turn from food to love, Bouvard's voice seems too musical for the topic: a secret romance in repressive Iran. Furthermore, Bouvard's pace and delivery of Iranian... Read More

TRAILBLAZER

TRAILBLAZER A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

Earphones Award Winner

by Dorothy Butler Gilliam | Read by January LaVoy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Using an understated conversational style, narrator January LaVoy performs journalist Gilliam's memoir, which covers both the trajectory of her professional life and the story of a country experiencing the turmoil of change. Gilliam's journey from pastor's daughter with a narrow future to first black female reporter and columnist for the WASHINGTON POST spanned the Civil Rights... Read More

THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE

THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

by Julie Yip-Williams | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Joshua Williams [Epilogue]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers one gut punch after another as she beautifully expresses the author's emotions while confronting her mortality. Yip-Williams cheated death as an infant when her grandmother ordered her parents to visit an herbalist to have her poisoned (he refused) and again when her family escaped North Vietnam on an overcrowded boat, but she can't beat... Read More

WILD BILL

WILD BILL The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

by Tom Clavin | Read by Johnny Heller

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Johnny Heller does a fine job narrating Clavin's well-researched and entertaining biography of the famous Western lawman and scout Wild Bill Hickok. Sifting through the legends and folklore, Clavin presents the real Wild Bill, who was more than a dime-novel titan and every bit a larger-than-life character. An active participant in the "Bleeding Kansas" troubles, he served as a... Read More

WISE GUY

WISE GUY Lessons from a Life

by Guy Kawasaki | Read by Dan John Miller

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dan John Miller will have listeners smiling as Kawasaki recounts his story of the time he got the rare chance to fly in a fighter jet but ended up being investigated over a wisecrack. Miller brings a friendly, engaging tone to the stories drawn from the former Apple marketing guru's life. Kawasaki's not just sharing funny stories, though. Even if his flight didn't go... Read More

THE WRONG END OF THE TABLE

THE WRONG END OF THE TABLE A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In

by Ayser Salman, Reza Aslan [Fore.] | Read by Ayser Salman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author-narrator Ayser Salman regales listeners with stories of her misfit childhood as an Iraqi immigrant in America's Midwest. She looks back with humor at the ups and downs of being the odd one out most of the time in school. As narrator, Salman sets a rapid pace that carries listeners along from pre-Saddam Hussein Baghdad to day care in Lexington, Kentucky. She recounts... Read More

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG DOING RIGHT

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG DOING RIGHT How a Child of Poverty Rose to the White House and Helped Change the World

by Robert J. Brown | Read by Dominic Hoffman, Robert J. Brown [Prologue], Steadman Graham [oreword]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Robert Brown uses a soft-spoken tone and steady pace as he reads the prologue of his memoir, both of which narrator Dominic Hoffman picks up on and delivers throughout the bulk of this audiobook. The love of his grandmother, his faith, and his moral code shaped Brown's life, and these shine through as he chronicles his ascent from poverty in the Jim Crow South to a life... Read More

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