Lifelong friends become reluctant lovers in this sweet performance by Tess Sharpe. Penny and Tate are opposites: Tate is a coolheaded swimmer who wants to get out of her hometown, while Penny is an upstanding yet wild overachiever who wants to stay. When their mothers agree to bring their families to Sacramento for a medical procedure, Penny needs to learn to let go of her... Read More
Narrator Clifton Duncan's ease with German accents helps immerse listeners in the milieu of the Soviet sector of Berlin, where a German couple find themselves in 1945, expecting twins. The division of the city after WWII mirrors the later experience of their sons, aspiring artists Peter and Rudi, in 1961. At first, they are in opposition over contradictory beliefs, and, then,... Read More
Narrating this highly personal audiobook about the biggest social issues of our day, Cary Hite and Deanna Anthony sound so in sync with the authors' message that many listeners will look twice to make sure it isn't the authors performing. The narrators take turns delivering the chapters (written alternately by the two authors) and provide the panache needed for listeners to... Read More
An ensemble of voices delivers this candid collection of interviews with gender-nonconforming teens who struggle to be accepted. The diverse compilation of narratives presents two trans feminine, two trans masculine, and two nonbinary young people. Tanya Eby voices author Susan Kuklin, narrating in a neutral yet respectful tone that allows the more emotional content conveyed by... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings boundless energy to her narration of this action-packed fantasy. At the end of LEGENDBORN, Bree Matthews has unlocked new powers in herself, and now she must learn to control them in order to reunite and protect her court, and her friends. Abbott-Pratt embodies all of Bree's determination and verve--as well as her exhaustion and rage--while also... Read More
Jennifer Jill Araya narrates the viewpoints of teenagers Eiric Halvorsen and Reginn Eiklund in alternating chapters as their separate journeys weave through this story. In the years since Ragnarok, the human realm of the Midlands has struggled from receding magic and fruitless lands. When Reginn finds herself performing a miracle in front of two wyrd spinners, she is offered an... Read More
Any listener familiar with holiday rom-coms will know that when 16-year-old Shira Barbanel and her nemesis, Tyler Nelson, are snowed in together on the first night of Hanukkah, they're destined for romance. A deal the two strike for Tyler to give Shira flirting lessons to help her attract her great-uncle's assistant provides further opportunities for them to spend time... Read More
Shannon Gibney narrates her memoir/speculative fiction with authenticity. Adopted soon after birth by a white middle-class couple, Gibney was 19 when she began to imagine the identity of Erin Rebecca Powers, the person she would have been if she had stayed with her alcoholic birth mother. The references to this audiobook's protagonist frequently switch from first to third... Read More
Author and narrator Neal Shusterman invites listeners back to the thrilling Arc of the Scythe series with this short story collection featuring multiple narrators. His warm, companionable delivery reveals secrets and origin stories of existing and new characters. Narrator Greg Tremblay's familiar vocal versatility and Fiona Hardingham's English accent and humorous tone make the... Read More
Cashore's 2008 novel about a fantasy world in which some individuals have special abilities gets a fresh recording by Xanthe Elbrick, who has narrated the rest of the audiobooks in the series. If you're new to the series, lucky you. If you've followed it since the beginning, it's fascinating to revisit GRACELING through Elbrick's performance. Katsa has always been an... Read More
Fred Sanders offers a straightforward narration of this young adult adaptation of THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE. Many mistakenly believe Native American civilization ended in the late 1800s, but this part historical, part autobiographical audiobook delves into thriving Native American cultures as they exist today. In particular, the author addresses his own Ojibwe upbringing on... Read More
Amina Koroma and Jonathan Andrew Hume bring liveliness and charm to this utterly delightful YA debut from a beloved British romance author. Koroma delivers all the snark and wit of Celine, a stellar student, confident weirdo, and TikTok star who is ready to take on the world--starting with a wilderness survival expedition that could win the attention of her hero. Unfortunately,... Read More
Hope Newhouse narrates this cozy winter romance about two lesbians who meet in the most unlikely way--through a car accident. After she hits May while driving, Shani never expects to see the pissed-off girl again. Then she accidentally ends up being May's dog walker. The last thing the heartbroken college freshman Shani wants to think about during her Smithsonian... Read More
From the beginning, Michael Crouch's narration stresses the insecurity and discomfort of 16-year-old Dale Cardigan, who can't determine how to express his private feelings. Diary entries, pretend pen pal, writing about himself in third person? He decides on letters to his father, who died seven years earlier. Crouch's portrayal embraces the morose, lonely world of a brilliant... Read More
Piper Goodeve's talents are showcased in this young adult fantasy. Charged with safeguarding a portal to the Otherworld, Jack has dutifully performed his job for hundreds of years. Things change when he crosses paths with the young witch Ember O'Dare. When Ember slips Jack's protection and finds her way into the Otherworld without his help, he leaves his post to save her.... Read More
The author's note about setting her story in the Bengali community of Paterson, New Jersey, invites listeners into this story. Reena Dutt further extends that welcome with a narration that beautifully differentiates its two generations of characters. In an American accent, Dutt briskly portrays practical 18-year-old Zahara Khan, particularly the sense of family responsibility... Read More
Narrator Caitlin Davies brings her talents to this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. Steeped in mystery, the story features Winnie, a smart, strong female protagonist who is brought to life by Davies. The story, set in Hemlock Falls, includes a cast of secondary characters with well-differentiated voices. Winnie is hoping to become one of the elite monster hunters who protect her town... Read More
Mark Deakins returns as narrator of this sixth audiobook in the Maze Runner series, the first installment of a planned trilogy within the series. The story is set 73 years after the Flare, an infectious disease that led to an apocalypse that is chronicled in the first five audiobooks. Descendants of people who were immune to the Flare and sent to live on an island are forced to... Read More
Enjoy this rambunctious performance by glowing narrators Barrie Kreinik and Natalie Naudus. Skye and Maya have two things in common: They're both exes of Jordy, and they're both invited to participate in a dating game show to win back his affections. While Maya is dead set on exposing Jordy as a master manipulator, Skye is optimistic that she might rekindle love again. Both... Read More
Narrators Joe Jameson and David Stagg tenderly deliver this touching audiobook. Nick, voiced by Stagg with optimistic confidence, can't stop talking about how excited he is to start university. Charlie, voiced by Jameson with breathy uncertainty, fears facing his last year in high school without his boyfriend. Nick can't tell what's going on as Charlie's anxiety spirals out of... Read More
Christa Lewis's affecting performance illuminates the types of social and political resistance taken up by teenagers in Nazi Germany during WWII. Lewis's smooth transitions between English and German accents immerse listeners in the world of underground jazz clubs that queer Berlin teen Charlie Klaus and her friends, Geli, Minna, and Renate, discover. What begins as a reprieve... Read More
Three Nubian refugees navigate postapocalyptic New York City. Amir Abdullah narrates chapters involving the male characters Uzochi and Lencho, and Emana Rachelle narrates those involving the female characters Zuberi and Sandra. Jeorge Bennett Watson voices the short sections from Adisa, along with the timeline and prologue. Together, they weave a story of struggling teenagers... Read More
Juliette Goglia embraces the enthusiastic viewpoint of Gerda Pohorylle, a German Jewish teenager who is thrilled to be studying in Switzerland, falling in love, and taking pictures with her uncle's portable camera between the wars. Gerda's passion takes a more adult turn when she is taken in for questioning by the Gestapo and flees to Paris for safety. There she meets... Read More
Rebecca Lowman narrates eight of the nine romantic stories in Rainbow Rowell's first short story collection. The stories involve new, diverse settings. In one, a line of people wait for days for a Star Wars opening; in another, a fantastical imaginary girl falls for an imaginary boy as both await becoming characters in a book. Whether she's portraying whimsical or realistic,... Read More
Narrator Xanthe Elbrick delivers the first-person perspective of prickly Hava in the fifth installment of this complex and compelling fantasy series. Twenty-one-year-old Hava is young Queen Bitterblue's half sister and spy; she has the ability to disguise herself as objects and deflect people's attention, and she's a survivor of childhood trauma. Elbrick distinguishes between... Read More
Narrator Kimberly Woods is the solemn voice of Dylan, a senior who is laser focused on her violin audition for Juilliard. With only a few weeks of preparation to go, her ex-best friend, Langston, crashes into her family, trying to recover from his high-publicity antics. Woods's dazzling characterization of Langston radiates the swagger and vulnerability of the boy who suddenly... Read More
Narrator Johnathan McClain offers a propulsive reading of Adam Makos's true story of tank warfare during WWII. This young adult adaptation of Makos's bestselling work takes listeners behind enemy lines, focusing on 21-year-old American tank gunner Corporal Clarence Smoyer of the 3rd Armored Division and 17-year-old German tank crewman Private Gustav Schaefer. Both are caught up... Read More
Marisol Ramirez passionately narrates this fantasy audiobook. The city of Leithon is under imperial rule, and twins Arian and Liam assist the Resistance by stealing magical artifacts. Arian is voiced with confidence as she skillfully traverses rooftops despite the peril. Liam's burgeoning magic is outlawed, and Ramirez incorporates his complicated emotions into a gentle voice.... Read More
Saskia Maarleveld sublimely narrates this highly anticipated return to the world of Elfhame. Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, fled to the human world to live in the woods, where she helps release humans from their bargains with the fae. Her mother, Lady Nore, has taken over the Ice Needle Citadel, and prince Oak of Elfhame needs Suren's help to stop her. Maarleveld... Read More
Narrator Nancy Wu gives a passionate and commanding performance in this fantasy retelling of the Chinese classic ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS. Despite being orphaned at a young age, Zephyr's ambition earns her the title of best strategist in the kingdom. She faithfully serves under the warlordess Xin Ren, whose goal is to claim the entire continent. When she has no other... Read More
Julie Lumsden portrays 18-year-old Lou, a biracial Métis. Lumsden's steady pacing captures the stresses of Lou's continual encounters with racism, violence, financial insecurity, and the repercussions of the lies she's told to survive. Lumsden's performance also reflects Lou's complex feelings about her wealthy white biological father, who raped her mother. As Lou's... Read More
André Santana provides an energetic voice for a small Brazilian house as it tells the interconnecting stories of its teen inhabitants in three different time periods. Author Vitor Martins's story is warm, compelling, and highly unusual as each of the teens reaches a new stage of comfort with their sexual identity. What this means at the cusp of the new millennium, in 2010, and... Read More
Maggi-Meg Reed flavors her nonfiction narration with lilts that lend drama to the story of the Thompson submachine gun (Tommy gun) in America in the 1920s and '30s. Reed first turns her attention to John Thompson, a Spanish-American army officer who believed the military needed a more efficient weapon during WWI. Later, Reed notes the inventor's dismay when the weapon finds its... Read More
Daniela Acitelli delivers an honest and straightforward performance in this introductory audio guide for transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming youth. This audiobook serves to provide and clarify the language we use when we talk about gender identity and being trans by using inclusive language that considers each person's unique journey toward discovering their true... Read More
Actor Donald Corren brings his vocal skills to this tale of an angel and a demon who leave the shtetl for America to do a mitzvah and to seek excitement. Their fortunes become entangled with a human girl's in an adventure that balances laugh-out-loud humor, Jewish tradition, and gentle affirmation of queer identities. Corren expertly manages it all with his Yiddish-inflected... Read More
This young adult title offers a plot revealed in reverse: The audiobook begins a year to the day after Nina's death; her little sister Leo's grief moves backward toward the fateful night of the accident, bringing listeners along to discover the painful details. Sarah Goer's performance is clear and quiet, punctuated by moments of enthusiasm. For the most part, the audiobook is... Read More
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