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AFRICAN SAMURAI

AFRICAN SAMURAI The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

by Thomas Lockley, Geoffrey Girard | Read by Gary Furlong

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gary Furlong narrates a vivid biography of the first non-native samurai in feudal Japan, who was also black. Yasuke has achieved almost mythical status in Japan, but he was very much human and flawed. While telling Yasuke's life story, the audiobook covers a staggering amount, including the topics of warfare and politics. Furlong capably imbues the well-researched and detailed... Read More

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 WAY

ALL THE WAY My Life in Four Quarters

by Joe Namath, Sean Mortimer, Don Yaeger | Read by Joe Namath

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

One of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Joe Namath, narrates his own work, and he's perfect for the dual role of storyteller and narrator. Namath describes his life--growing up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; his relationship with the legendary Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama; and his high-profile role with the New York Jets on the field and off. He narrates with an... Read More

AMATEUR

AMATEUR A True Story About What Makes a Man

by Thomas Page McBee | Read by Thomas Page McBee

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and columnist Thomas Page McBee narrates his thought-provoking memoir about masculinity with an engaging clarity and openness. McBee, who wrote about transitioning to male gender in his award-winning memoir, MAN ALIVE, is living with his girlfriend when the audiobook opens. Finding himself in a near fistfight with an aggressive jerk one day, the tattooed and... 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

THE AYE-AYE AND I

THE AYE-AYE AND I

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Oh, the utter delight of adventuring in Madagascar with the late English naturalist Gerald Durrell and his poly-voiced narrator, Rupert Degas, who beautifully channels Durrell's slightly raspy voice, his exuberant personality, and his enthusiasm for every variety of fauna, including human. The book describes a 1990s trip to Madagascar's remotest regions to find and collect a... Read More

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rupert Degas delivers a bang-up performance--including tiger growls and buffalo snorts--of Gerald Durrell's colorful and often comic memories of his first job as a student keeper at England's Whipsnade Zoological Park. Be forewarned that the legendary founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust wrote the book in 1970 about events in 1945. While he's forward-thinking about... 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

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

THE CLUB

THE CLUB Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

by Leo Damrosch | Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simon Vance is a master narrator, and a highly suitable choice for this lively history of a dining club composed of eighteenth-century London's most celebrated figures, including Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, David Garrick, Edward Gibbon, Joshua Reynolds--yes, all of them men. Their gatherings were a composite portrait of the arts and letters of their time, their individual... 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

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

DUTCH GIRL

DUTCH GIRL Audrey Hepburn and World War II

by Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti [Fore.] | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Stephen Graybill [Fore.]

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tavia Gilbert provides a sensitive and appropriately paced narration of actress, humanitarian, and UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn's early years. The five-year Nazi occupation of the Netherlands when she was a teenager provides the framework for this historical biography. The well-researched work creates a fiction-style narrative of the harrowing, malnourished realities of... 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

FREEDOM'S DETECTIVE

FREEDOM'S DETECTIVE The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror

by Charles Lane | Read by Jonathan Yen

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook chronicles the battles freed slaves faced as they sought to exercise their new rights after the Civil War. Of particular menace was the recently created Ku Klux Klan. Federal efforts to thwart the Klan were led by the Secret Service and its controversial leader, Hiram Whitley--"the man who masterminded America's first war on terror." Jonathan Yen is an engaging... 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

FURIOUS HOURS

FURIOUS HOURS Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

by Casey Cep | Read by Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Hillary Huber uses a slow, even pace and authoritative tone in her narration of this twisted true-crime story set in Alabama. What makes this audiobook even more engaging is that it is also a literary biography of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Harper Lee, who leaves an unfinished manuscript based on the incidents. That manuscript, THE REVEREND, was supposed to be similar to... Read More

GOOD TALK

GOOD TALK A Memoir in Conversations

by Mira Jacob | Read by Mira Jacob and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mira Jacob's graphic memoir is thoughtfully adapted to audio with members of a full cast narrating each voice. They create a sense of intimacy as listeners eavesdrop on a lifetime of conversations about race, racism, and colorism. Mira Jacob's voice reflects exasperation as she faces impossible questions from her young son, who is portrayed with curiosity by Kivlighan de... 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

GREEK TO ME

GREEK TO ME Adventures of the Comma Queen

by Mary Norris | Read by Mary Norris

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Part very personal memoir, part travelogue, part intellectual obsession--it's hard to know whom this audiobook is for. Mary Norris, former NEW YORKER copy editor, is here most interesting when discussing classical Greek language and literature, modern Greek, and the history of written languages. Norris's personal journey learning to speak Greek, and her passion for Greece the... Read More

HOW TO FORGET

HOW TO FORGET A Daughter's Memoir

by Kate Mulgrew | Read by Kate Mulgrew

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actress Kate Mulgrew delivers an emotive and finely tuned performance of her newest memoir, which centers on the period of time when she returned to her Iowa hometown to care for her dying parents. The book explores the often painful yet loving dynamics of their large Catholic family and examines how her parents' dissimilar temperaments and complex relationship shaped the lives... Read More

IN MY MIND'S EYE

IN MY MIND'S EYE A Thought Diary

by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jan Morris's quirky, endearing, stimulating collection of daily thoughts is given a wholehearted narration by Jennifer M. Dixon. Now that the renowned travel writer and essayist is in her 80s, opportunities for voyaging far and wide have diminished. Though she has settled into the Welsh countryside, her opinions haven't moderated. Dixon doesn't sound exactly like Morris, whose... Read More

INTERIOR STATES

INTERIOR STATES Essays

by Meghan O'Gieblyn | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Lowman's quiet but expressive performance perfectly captures O'Gieblyn's essays about coming of age in a Midwestern evangelical family before losing her faith altogether. O'Gieblyn is wry and affectionate as she riffs on her parents' stocking up on dried food rations in anticipation of the end of the world in 1999 or her own catching the intentionally convenient bus... Read More

JOY ENOUGH

JOY ENOUGH A Memoir

by Sarah McColl | Read by Sarah McColl

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Writer Sarah McColl narrates her memoir about love, the relationships between a mother and her children, and the end of a marriage, giving the listener brief views of her life. McColl tells her stories as a series of vignettes, seemingly going from one piece to the next with nary a breath between. Whether discussing her childhood, her mother's illness and death, or her failing... 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

KATHLEEN TURNER ON ACTING

KATHLEEN TURNER ON ACTING Conversations About Film, Television, and Theater

by Kathleen Turner, Dustin Morrow | Read by Kathleen Turner, Dustin Morrow

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In an Audible exclusive, Kathleen Turner answers questions on acting posed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Morrow. In her unmistakable deep, sultry voice, Turner tells us what it takes to make it in the world of show business. A Golden Globe winner for PRIZZI'S HONOR and ROMANCING THE STONE, Turner is a cultural icon. The singer Falco wrote a song called "The Kiss of... 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 PLAY TWO

LET'S PLAY TWO The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks

by Ron Rapoport | Read by Charley Steiner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Baseball broadcaster Charley Steiner narrates this illuminating biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks. Banks is well known for his stellar accomplishments on the baseball field and for his cheerful public persona. While this audiobook fully covers his twenty-year career in Chicago, it also portrays Banks as a complicated, conflicted man. It delves into his childhood in a... 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

MAMA'S BOY

MAMA'S BOY A Story from Our Americas

Earphones Award Winner

by Dustin Lance Black | Read by Dustin Lance Black

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ activist, narrates his family's heartwarming and poignant journey growing up across intersections of faith, poverty, and sexuality in the southern U.S. and California. Black's conversational storytelling illuminates his cherished mother Anne's irrepressible spirit and tenacity in the face of adversity and... 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

THE MATRIARCH

THE MATRIARCH Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

Earphones Award Winner

by Susan Page | Read by Kate Levy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kate Levy scores a triumph with her first audiobook narration, masterfully delivering this exhaustively researched biography of First Lady Barbara Bush. Even listeners with only the most casual interest in Mrs. Bush will find themselves transfixed by complex and fascinating insights that are short on sentiment and long on family dynamics. Levy's narration is appealing,... Read More

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

by Lori Gottlieb | Read by Brittany Pressley

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Brittany Pressley performs this audiobook at a fast pace that will be familiar to listeners who live in large, bustling cities. But she knows how to moderate her energy for the tender sections, and her overall performance sounds authentic, conversational, and true to the core intentions of the author's story. Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, describes her experiences trying to... 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

MERCURY AND ME

MERCURY AND ME

by Jim Hutton, Tim Wapshott | Read by Patrick Moy

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY who are hungering for more about Freddie Mercury may find a bit of satisfaction in this work cowritten by Mercury's longtime lover, Jim Hutton--but ultimately the audiobook is more about Hutton than Mercury. Narrator Patrick Moy lends gravitas to the work, skillfully interpreting the author's memories of a complicated relationship, but... 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

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 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 BEY

QUEEN BEY A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

by Veronica Chambers [Ed.] | Read by January LaVoy, Sullivan Jones

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrators January LaVoy and Sullivan Jones smoothly trade chapters of a collection exploring the influence of pop star Beyoncé. Jones voices the peppy, more lighthearted contributions, while LaVoy is the steady-paced voice narrating more academic pieces. Together they explore a wide range of topics from the artist's rise as a household name to the marital conflict that became... 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

RIDING THE ELEPHANT

RIDING THE ELEPHANT A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations

by Craig Ferguson | Read by Craig Ferguson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If eclectic, sharp-witted observations on a well-lived life presented in a lyrical style are your cup of tea, Craig Ferguson's words and skillful audio performance will amuse and entertain. Ferguson, best known for his 10 years at the helm of CBS's "Late Late Show," liberally employs his Scottish lilt in a narration that enhances the stronger pieces and strengthens the weaker... 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

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

SISSY

SISSY A Coming-of-Gender Story

by Jacob Tobia | Read by Jacob Tobia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

LGBTQ+ activist Jacob Tobia narrates their own coming-of-age memoir, focusing on childhood through their college graduation. As a child, Tobia was the frequent victim of gender policing, in their case, being forced into traditionally masculine pursuits and aesthetics. As a teen, they came out as a gay man, although they knew that this identity wasn't entirely accurate. It... 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

THINGS MY SON NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

THINGS MY SON NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

by Fredrik Backman | Read by Santino Fontana

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Santino Fontana gives an animated performance of this collection of essays and musings on fatherhood from Fredrik Backman. Fontana brings a perfect balance of acerbic wit and tenderness. With his theater background, it's not surprising that his delivery is reminiscent of a one-man show; his rhythm even includes slight pauses where the listener might laugh. The essays in... Read More

THROUGH A WINDOW

THROUGH A WINDOW My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

by Jane Goodall | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Pearl Hewitt deftly continues the story renowned primatologist Jane Goodall began in her first memoir of her work with chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. That book was titled IN THE SHADOW OF MAN. Once more, listeners will strongly relate to the chimpanzees, as does Goodall--she defies scientists by naming (not numbering) them and maintains that they have... Read More

UNBECOMING

UNBECOMING A Memoir of Disobedience

Earphones Award Winner

by Anuradha Bhagwati | Read by Anuradha Bhagwati

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Forthright and uncompromising, Anuradha Bhagwati narrates her memoir with same strong voice that her prose exhibits. Bhagwati takes listeners through her life as a Marine after graduating from Yale. Following an honorable discharge, Bhagwati dedicated herself to fighting the military's culture of gender discrimination and sexual abuse. She recounts intense and painful... Read More

THE WHISPERING LAND

THE WHISPERING LAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

There's a moment in this enchanting audiobook that displays narrator Rupert Degas's talent to the full. It occurs when the naturalist author is at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires and has to talk to a pompous Englishman whose dismissive attitude towards Argentinians offends the young Durrell. Degas imitates this Brit's accent in such a fine tone that it sounds like he is... 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

WORKING

WORKING Researching, Interviewing, Writing

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert A. Caro | Read by Robert A. Caro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As an audiobook performer, Robert Caro doesn't display much polish, but there could be no finer voice for describing his career as an investigative writer. Caro, the esteemed biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, portrays the painstaking research and years of writing and rewriting behind his books in a voice that is pure New York City: "sawer" for "saw" and "idear" for... 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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