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ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS

ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS Dispatches from the US Borderlands

by Stephanie Elizondo Griest | Read by Frankie Corzo

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Frankie Corzo delivers Griest's investigation of her own past as a Tejano, a Mexican-American living in Texas, and the ways her background has impacted her life. In doing so, Griest discovers that her people's history and experiences resonate with those of others in the U.S., in particular the Mohawks of the Akwesasne Nation in New York, who must straddle an imaginary... Read More

AMERICAN KINGPIN

AMERICAN KINGPIN The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

Earphones Award Winner

by Nick Bilton | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you didn't know any better, you'd swear this story was the concoction of a Hollywood screenwriter. Narrator Will Damron embodies the determination and frustration of driven but flawed federal agents who sought to bring down the world's largest website for the purchase of illegal drugs, weapons, and even deadly poisons. What is truly frightening is that this is the true story... Read More

THE BAD FOOD BIBLE

THE BAD FOOD BIBLE How and Why to Eat Sinfully

by Aaron Carroll | Read by Jeff Cummings, Kate Rudd

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and NEW YORK TIMES contributor, shares his somewhat controversial take on the most recently published research on nutrition, eating, health, and quality-of-life matters. With distinct vocal clarity, narrator Jeff Cummings conveys Carroll's perspectives in a relaxed, reassuring manner. Kate Rudd offers an unremarkable narration of Nina Teicholz's... Read More

BE FIERCE

BE FIERCE Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back

Earphones Award Winner

by Gretchen Carlson | Read by Gretchen Carlson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

When Carlson walked away from her job as a news anchor for Fox News to fight--and win--her sexual harassment case, she discovered that her story is just one of many that deserves to be told. In steady, measured tones, Carlson digs deep into the history of harassment cases, current laws in place to protect women, and why Human Resources isn't always your friend. At times,... Read More

BEAKS, BONES, AND BIRD SONGS

BEAKS, BONES, AND BIRD SONGS How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior

by Roger Lederer | Read by Charles Constant

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With an air of admiration and curiosity, Charles Constant narrates this concise, yet surprisingly dense, exploration of birds. Just as the title suggests, the audiobook covers birds from tips to tails and offers significant insight into their behavior and survival strategies, including their response to growing pressures from humans and climate change. Constant's upbeat tone... Read More

BORDER

BORDER A Journey to the Edge of Europe

by Kapka Kassabova | Read by Corrie James

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kassabova's travelogue of Bulgaria, where she spent her early years, and its Balkan neighbors is given an effective narration by Corrie James. Kassabova describes the Balkans as the place that delineated the communist from the non-communist, and still delineates the Christian from the Muslim, Europe from Asia. It is also an area where place, people, and ideas interact. Many of... Read More

BORED AND BRILLIANT

BORED AND BRILLIANT How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self

Earphones Award Winner

by Manoush Zomorodi | Read by Manoush Zomorodi

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Levity is mixed with earnestness as author and narrator Manoush Zomorodi sets forth the "Bored and Brilliant challenge," which encourages listeners to spark their creativity by detaching from their tech devices. In this spirited exploration of our relationship with technological devices, Zomorodi's melodic voice beckons and inspires listeners to develop a deeper understanding... Read More

BRAVING THE WILDERNESS

BRAVING THE WILDERNESS The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

by Brené Brown | Read by Brené Brown

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

It's hard to imagine a Brené Brown audiobook narrated by anyone other than Brené Brown. While her performance isn't perfect or polished, it's authentic--a strength that is no more clearly demonstrated than in a passage that includes her singing. And therein lies the power of her performance, especially when combined with the subject matter. In her latest work, Brown explores... Read More

BUNK

BUNK The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

by Kevin Young | Read by Mirron Willis

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Young systematically tackles the history of intentional misdirection in the U.S., exploring how deceit has harmed us through lenses such as popular culture, journalism, literature, race, history, and more. Mirron Willis's narration drives the prose from P.T. Barnum to Lance Armstrong and to President Trump, keeping listeners attuned with a deep voice and skillful pacing.... Read More

CAPTURED

CAPTURED The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

by Sheldon Whitehouse, Melanie Wachtell Stinnett | Read by Michael Bybee, Sheldon Whitehouse

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this provocative audiobook, Sheldon Whitehouse, a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, provides an insider's account of how corporate and moneyed interests have insinuated themselves into our government. His main point is that the Founders didn't see how the economy and corporations would change to the point where they could influence elections and policy. Michael Bybee is the... Read More

THE CHESSBOARD AND THE WEB

THE CHESSBOARD AND THE WEB Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

by Anne-Marie Slaughter | Read by Jo Anna Perrin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

An intriguing rethink of strategy in business and politics, this title will captivate listeners, despite a detached delivery from narrator Jo Anna Perrin. Author Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning, offers a conceptual framework for global politics conducted in an age when centralized, hierarchical players, such as the U.S.... Read More

THE CHICKENSHIT CLUB

THE CHICKENSHIT CLUB Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

by Jesse Eisinger | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Prosecutors who are too afraid to take action or worry too much about their next career move to risk a loss in court are said to belong to the title of this audiobook. And when you think about how many executives have been held responsible for the 2008 economic crash, you'll still have enough fingers left to grab a can of soda. Jonathan Todd Ross narrates this book with a... Read More

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451

by Annie Spence | Read by Stephanie Spicer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, which contains conversations with and notes to a variety of books (and to a bookshelf while at a cocktail party), will resonate with many bibliophiles. While the listener will enjoy the humorous and often snarky missives, the frequently monotone quality of Stephanie Spicer's narration, especially during the "recommended titles for every scenario" portion, may... Read More

THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD

THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD Science as a Candle in the Dark

by Carl Sagan | Read by Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane, Ann Druyan

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Although this audiobook contains information that was last released in 1997, it is still relevant because we humans continue to confuse myths with testable science. One only needs to read widely shared stories to see the effects of this error on such phenomena as immunizations, climate change, and alien abduction. The narration of this thoughtful audiobook is divided among Ann... Read More

DEVIL FINDS WORK

DEVIL FINDS WORK An Essay

by James Baldwin | Read by Dion Graham

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

James Baldwin's 1976 discussion of movies bears little resemblance to a conventional movie review. Narrator Dion Graham easily adapts to Baldwin's wide-ranging analysis of race as presented in films and their literary sources, including a dispiriting experience adapting THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X into a screenplay. Graham's hard-edged tone captures the author's anger at the... Read More

ELECTRIC OCTOBER

ELECTRIC OCTOBER Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever

by Kevin Cook | Read by Joe Barrett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This delightful slice of baseball history follows the lives of six lesser-known players and managers before, during, and after the 1947 World Series. Narrator Joe Barrett's voice is perfectly suited to recount the Golden Age of Baseball. His nimble delivery features a raspy timbre and a fast pace as he captures the spirits of the scrappy ballplayers--Bill Bevens, Al Gionfriddo,... Read More

GOOD BOOTY

GOOD BOOTY Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Powers | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

How did the suggestive rhythm and blues phrase "good booty" morph into Little Richard's 1956 smash teenage anthem "Tutti Frutti," with its veiled and nonsensical innuendo? Combining a sly sense of humor, the energy of a true fan, and the all-in attitude of a seasoned journalist, narrator Teri Schnaubelt takes the listener back to early-nineteenth-century New Orleans. There a... Read More

GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS

GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS

by Michael Portillo | Read by Nicky Henson, Michael Portillo

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

British journalist Michael Portillo's BBC series captured his personal quest to follow George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in as exploration of iconic railroad routes on the European continent. This audiobook version of the television series has Portillo presenting the introduction, while Nicky Henson narrates the bulk of the work. Covered are the engineering feats... Read More

THE GROUCHY HISTORIAN

THE GROUCHY HISTORIAN An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs

by Ed Asner, Ed Weinberger | Read by Ed Asner

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ed Asner, the 87-year old acclaimed character actor, delivers an audio tirade concerning American history and politics. It may be nearly entirely satiric or simply a flat-out comedic romp. Cowriting with the wonderful comedy writer Ed Weinberger, Asner takes a forceful counterpunch to the right-wing enthusiasts who know that America was founded with a hand from God and who take... Read More

HOW ENLIGHTENMENT CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

HOW ENLIGHTENMENT CHANGES YOUR BRAIN The New Science of Transformation

by Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman | Read by Fred Stella

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Two articulate researchers discuss fascinating brain scan studies that show how blood flow to specific parts of the brain changes when we are more or less controlling, are overloaded with mental static, feel agitated, or see ourselves as separated from others. The tasteful urgency in Fred Stella's performance fits this groundbreaking research; his phrasing and vocal quality are... Read More

I CAN'T BREATHE

I CAN'T BREATHE A Killing on Bay Street

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Taibbi | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Police brutality against African-Americans is depressingly common, but the 2014 case of Eric Garner was in a class by itself. A cell phone video captured his dying gasps--"I can't breathe"--as he was trapped in a choke hold by a police officer. Narrator Dominic Hoffman's gravelly timbre and tough tone are an ideal fit for this outstanding piece of journalism. There is a lot of... Read More

I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING

I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

by Erin Carison | Read by Amy Tallmadge

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Amy Tallmadge's adolescent overly enthusiastic tone does little to help the jumpy and convoluted rendering of thoughts, theories, and information on WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Erin Carlson's behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Nora Ephron does not do her brilliance justice. The research may be thorough and the tone bright and... Read More

IMPROBABLE DESTINIES

IMPROBABLE DESTINIES Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

by Jonathan B. Losos | Read by Marc Cashman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Is evolution a series of random accidents, or an inevitable path that would turn out similarly if you rewound and replayed the tape of history? Narrator Marc Cashman's pacing and friendly tone allow even general listeners to explore this challenging scientific question posed by Losos, an evolutionary biologist. His musing are written with clarity and humor, qualities that are... Read More

IN VINO DUPLICITAS

IN VINO DUPLICITAS The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire

by Peter Hellman | Read by Charles Constant

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The highly skilled Charles Constant does his best to maintain listener interest as he narrates Hellman's detailed factual account of a wine forger's exploits and ultimate undoing. Chinese-Indonesian Rudy Kurniawon, a most unlikely criminal, was the purveyor of choice for American intelligentsia seeking rare wines in the early 2000s. Hellman, a journalist whose work has often... Read More

INCARCERATION NATIONS

INCARCERATION NATIONS A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World

by Baz Dreisinger | Read by Christina Delaine

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Christina Delaine offers an emotionally driven narration of this mix of memoir and investigation. Baz Dreisinger, a prison teacher who founded the Prison-to-College Pipeline program in New York, became unnerved one day while teaching when she realized that prison had started to feel "normal." To challenge her own complacency, she journeyed to nine countries to see how justice... Read More

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER An Inconvenient Truth, Book 2

by Al Gore | Read by Al Gore, Sterling K. Brown, Danny Burstein, Marin Ireland, Shailene Woodley

Simon & Schuster Audio | Abridged
Contemporary Culture

The former vice president is back with more on his favorite subject-- and with more evidence that the earth is warming and that humans are contributing to unpredictable climate change. This audiobook is different from his earlier work, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, in that it includes concrete steps that people can take to confront the problem and attempt to solve it. The narration... Read More

INFERIOR

INFERIOR How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

by Angela Saini | Read by Hannah Melbourn

Beacon Press Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this hugely important book, Angela Saini debunks scientific studies that determined that women are intellectually and physically inferior to men. Topics include comparative brain size, medical trials, the ability to feel empathy, promiscuity, and why women are sicker than men but more likely to survive illnesses and live longer. Hannah Melbourn's narration is appealingly... Read More

INVISIBLE NO MORE

INVISIBLE NO MORE Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

by Andrea Ritchie | Read by Bahni Turpin

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ritchie's treatise explores the state of violence on people of color--specifically, girls, women, and those transgender. This audiobook serves as the perfect companion to Angela Davis's recently published POLICING THE BLACK MAN. To listen to narrator Bahni Turpin put voice to Ritchie's words can be heartrending as listeners hear about numerous cases of police brutality. But... Read More

LIFE 3.0

LIFE 3.0 Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Earphones Award Winner

by Max Tegmark | Read by Rob Shapiro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

It's hard to believe that a machine could replace Rob Shapiro's effective, nuanced narration of this audiobook, but then again it was once hard to believe there would be driverless cars and voice-activated homes. We are witnessing the baby steps of artificial intelligence (AI) research. But what happens when machines become more intelligent than humans? Will malicious redeyed... Read More

LOWER ED

LOWER ED The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

by Tressie McMillan Cottom | Read by Lisa Renee Pitts

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners follow the author's premise that the for-profit higher education industry exacerbates inequality and poor outcomes through predatory lending tactics aimed at vulnerable populations. Narrator Lisa Renee Pitts's slightly nasally voice navigates complex financial figures alongside the personal accounts of students. She manages both clarity amid the numbers and an... Read More

MAESTROS AND THEIR MUSIC

MAESTROS AND THEIR MUSIC The Art and Alchemy of Conducting

by John Mauceri | Read by John Mauceri

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In 18 years of working with conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein-- and having a career as a respected conductor in his own right--John Mauceri seems to have learned a great deal about communicating the subtleties of music to the public. Writing and reading this audiobook, he clarifies many of the mysteries of the conductor's art. While the book is dotted with famous names such... Read More

THE MAN FROM THE TRAIN

THE MAN FROM THE TRAIN The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery

by Bill James, Rachel McCarthy James | Read by John Bedford Lloyd

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator John Bedford Lloyd lends his commanding baritone to a grisly, fascinating exploration of a serial killer in early 1900s America. It's not that authors Bill James, a revolutionary baseball writer, and Rachel McCarthy James sensationalize the crimes. The facts of the cases--entire families murdered in their beds with the blunt side of an ax--are on their own difficult to... Read More

THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS

THE MOTHER OF ALL QUESTIONS

Earphones Award Winner

by Rebecca Solnit | Read by Tanya Eby

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Tanya Eby's careful diction and smooth delivery are ideal for Rebecca Solnit's powerful essays on feminism. Solnit simultaneously exhibits both anger and optimism about the world. Eby conveys the anger about the silencing of women through violence, fear, and rigid gender roles but sees hope in the "arrival of men (or something like that)" to the feminist movement.... Read More

NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE

NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing

by Ben Blatt | Read by Vikas Adam

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sad to say, not every title adapts readily to the audio format. Blatt's statistical analysis of the words used by different authors promises to be a hoot, and often is. And it offers a number of not-so-predictable insights into differences in gender, era, literary standing, and, most interestingly, authors' professed principles of style, which they often violate in practice.... Read More

THE NEW EDUCATION

THE NEW EDUCATION How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux

by Cathy N. Davidson | Read by Carolyn Cook

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Davidson starts this deep dive into higher education and where it should go by looking back at the last time higher education revolutionized itself--in second half of the late 1800s. Carolyn Cook deftly narrates this audiobook in a tone that captures Davidson's love of recent innovations in higher education--such as community colleges, MOOCs, and student-centered learning--and... Read More

ON BEING AWESOME

ON BEING AWESOME A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

by Nick Riggle | Read by Nick Riggle

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Southern California philosopher and rollerblader Nick Riggle has a hip, unfiltered way of writing and speaking that makes you like him right away. Narrating in a soft and intimate register, he sounds like he's reading but is so sincere and earnest that this doesn't hinder his connection with his listeners one bit. He has a rich knowledge of art and social trends and all the... Read More

PALE BLUE DOT

PALE BLUE DOT A Vision of the Human Future in Space

by Carl Sagan | Read by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ann Druyan reads her late husband's 1994 popular-science classic with the same optimism and sharp ear for scientific detail that he was known for. It was obviously a labor of love for Druyan to contribute to the audiobook, which explores an array of fascinating topics in the field of astrophysics. Still, it's an absolute revelation to hear how familiar, intelligent, and... Read More

PLAY LIKE A GIRL

PLAY LIKE A GIRL How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution

by Ellie Roscher | Read by Katherine Fenton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Katherine Fenton performs this audiobook about the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, a free secondary school in a Kenyan slum. Her narration is earnest and clear, enthusiastic and sensitive as she helps listeners navigate the details of life in a culture that will be foreign to most. Fenton becomes more expressive when she delivers direct quotes from the students, families,... Read More

RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN

RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland

by Miriam Horn | Read by Chris Ciulla

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Miriam Horn offers an audiobook about the interdependence of those making a difference in the environment. A Montana rancher whose land is protected by the Nature Conservancy, a Kansas farmer schooled in the latest soil preservation techniques, a Louisiana shrimper who helps Asian-Americans with fishing, and a barge owner's balancing act between the environment and business... Read More

RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES

RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES Connecting in a Disconnected World

by Dawna Markova, Angie McArthur | Read by Ellen Archer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook investigates the different ways we experience and understand our world. Ellen Archer's articulate narration highlights examples that show how to recognize our biases; for example, by examining the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. By doing so, we can grow to understand how others see their world and better connect by reconciling our differences. Archer... Read More

THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM

THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM

by Edward Luce | Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook argues that the rise of leaders who are challenging Western commitments to global connectedness, liberal freedoms, and the protection of refugees in both Europe and the U.S. presents the greatest threat to political order and to democracy since WWII. Narrator Julian Elfer delivers this message with conviction, supported by his strong, confident British accent and... Read More

SHAME NATION

SHAME NATION The Global Epidemic of Online Hate

by Sue Scheff, Melissa Schorr | Read by Erin Bennett

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Erin Bennett delivers the author's discussion of internet shaming with a mix of scary statistics, anecdotes of victims and perpetrators, and wishy-washy advice about how to be free from such derision in the digital world. Bennett narrates in an assertive voice with strong emphasis and effective pacing. She shows a more tender side when giving voice to people who... Read More

SIGNIFICANT ZERO

SIGNIFICANT ZERO Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games

by Walt Williams | Read by Kevin T. Collins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Kevin Collins gives listeners a bird's-eye view of professional life in the video game industry. The account is written by someone who happened to fall into it and now works some of the hottest games released annually. Collins makes for a complicated narrator in this production. His soft, wry delivery fits well with Williams's deadpan jokes and commentary on annoying... Read More

SLUGFEST

SLUGFEST Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC

by Reed Tucker | Read by Will Collyer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

People will like this audiobook, but comic book fans will go out of their minds. Reed Tucker has dug into the cracks and crevices of the two main comic book publishers, DC and Marvel, and shown how brilliant, stupid, and lucky both companies have been. Narrator Will Collyer clearly explains how the upstart Marvel Comics rocked the publishing world in the early 1960s by making... Read More

SOLITUDE

SOLITUDE In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World

by Michael Harris | Read by Kerry Shale

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The imaginary walks and doggerel poetry that sustained Dr. Edith Bone through seven years of isolation in a Hungarian prison in 1949 inspired author Michael Harris as well. He's interested in solitude, the sort that nurtures creativity and healing. Kerry Shale's reading delivers lots of information clearly as Harris discusses technological developments that threaten our... Read More

THIS BOOK IS GAY

THIS BOOK IS GAY

by Juno Dawson | Read by Christopher Solimene

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Dawson provides a sincere support book on understanding and accepting gender and sexual identities that is useful for parents, adults who work with youth, and the youth themselves. Narrator Christopher Solimene's delivery is gentle and inviting, the exact kind of voice listeners need for the sometimes complicated and uncomfortable conversations the audiobook guides them... Read More

TIDES

TIDES The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

by Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen [Foreword] | Read by Dan Woren

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Maintaining a pleasant, engaged pace, Dan Woren narrates this sweeping yet intimate meditation on tides. The author visited the sites of remarkable tidal phenomena around the world to experience them personally and to speak with experts; Woren performs their remarks with lightly applied accents, which some listeners may find off-putting. The pronunciation of technical and... Read More

THE VACCINE RACE

THE VACCINE RACE Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease in Postwar America

by Meredith Wadman | Read by Nancy Linari

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Meredith Wadman shows listeners that science was once a fascinating, twisty search for the truth conducted by committed researchers who operated in financial and ethical environments different from those of today. Narrator Nancy Linari has a lovely smooth voice, and she subtly renders the rivalries, professional slights, and outrageous ethical decisions embedded in the... Read More

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Read by Beresford Bennett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This collection of essays by Coates on the African-American experience contains one piece published in THE ATLANTIC magazine during each year of the Obama administration. Narrator Beresford Bennett's deliberate performance reflects his respect for the author, but his uneven cadences and unexpected emphases pull listeners out of the material. The essays--which cover topics... Read More

WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

by Ada Calhoun | Read by Ada Calhoun

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Ada Calhoun narrates her meditation on marriage--what occurs AFTER the wedding--with all its messy imperfections. Calhoun's reflections are an extension of her wildly popular NEW YORK TIMES essay "The Wedding Toast I'll Never Give.") She delivers her commentary on the pain and pleasure of married life in a candid, straightforward style. As she weaves her own intimate... Read More

WHAT MOTIVATES GETTING THINGS DONE

WHAT MOTIVATES GETTING THINGS DONE Procrastination, Emotions, and Success

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Lamia | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Cynthia Farrell's experience portraying strong female characters gives her narration of this audiobook magnetic appeal and authority. She has a strong repertoire of subtle pitches and intense tones that showcase but never overshadow the author's arresting insights. Written by a psychoanalyst with a gift for teaching, the audiobook avoids pejorative takes on... Read More

WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?

WHO ARE YOU, REALLY? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality

Earphones Award Winner

by Brian R. Little | Read by Brian R. Little

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author and narrator Brian R. Little sheds light on how our personal goals and projects are not simply a reflection of ourselves--they can actually shape who we become. While some aspects of our personality are affected by biological and social influences, Little explains that we can also control some of our traits for the purpose of reframing our goals and accomplishing them.... Read More

WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE

WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Wright | Read by Fred Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With his pleasing voice tone and sensitivity to the author's intentions, Fred Sanders's gentle but compelling performance shows how an actor's skill can make a complex book a joy to hear. His lack of self-consciousness is perfect for the author's humble and personable writing. Wright is captivated by Buddhism's focus on meditation, disengagement from attachments, and honesty... Read More

WILD THINGS

WILD THINGS The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

Earphones Award Winner

by Bruce Handy | Read by Bruce Handy

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners with even a passing interest in children's literature will enjoy this audiobook. Bruce Handy, author and narrator, has a style that is conversational, erudite, and humorous. His audiobook features observations and background information on books by classic writers, including Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, and E.B. White. When he's quoting his subjects, he captures the... Read More

WINE. ALL THE TIME.

WINE. ALL THE TIME. The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking

by Marissa A. Ross | Read by Marissa A. Ross

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Marissa A. Ross narrates this casual manual for confident wine drinking with the assurance of a stand-up comedian and the knowledge of a true devotee. Ross, wine writer for BON APPTIT magazine, puts her previous career as a comedy writer to good use in her irreverent audiobook on all things wine. As narrator, Ross has great timing, a potty mouth, and a sincere love for rosés,... Read More

THE WONDER OF BIRDS

THE WONDER OF BIRDS What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

by Jim Robbins | Read by Danny Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook delivers fascinating story after fascinating story about the science and biology of birds. Narrator Danny Campbell's approachable, slightly hoarse voice and conversational style match the material perfectly. He completely understands the author's sense of wonder--and the listener will feel it, too--at the complicated song of the chickadee, the innate and learned... Read More

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

by George Anders | Read by George Anders

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

George Anders reads his long refutation of the idea that liberal arts degrees are useless with amiable conviction. He makes his case systematically, sharing stories of people who turned years of studying subjects like literature and anthropology into interesting, surprising, sustainable careers. Anders doesn't just sound like he's defending the humanities and social sciences;... Read More

ZAPPED

ZAPPED From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light

by Bob Berman | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this wide-ranging survey of electromagnetic energy in all its forms, Berman provides historical detail on how we humans came up with the discoveries and conclusions that so enlighten (as it were) the modern era. Narrator Peter Ganim adds a smooth voice, authoritative and friendly at the same time, never stumbling over exotic names and technical phrases. Like any good... Read More

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