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AMERICAN FIRE

AMERICAN FIRE

by Monica Hesse | Read by Tanya Eby

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Tanya Eby tells a fascinating story. From late 2012 through early 2013, Accomack County, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, endured 86 fires, all set by an elusive arsonist. But listeners shouldn't expect a prolonged whodunnit. The culprits, a local couple, are revealed early on. Instead author Monica Hesse paints a vivid portrait of a struggling rural community that... Read More

THE ART OF FLAVOR

THE ART OF FLAVOR Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food

by Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel | Read by John Lescault

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator John Lescault's voice is well matched to the task at hand as Daniel Patterson, a Michelin chef and restaurateur, Mandy Aftel, a renowned perfumer, take a deep dive into the concept of flavor, including its aroma components. The writing is articulate, considered, and balanced, but the effort as a whole is a rather pompous and dry treatise. Lescault's narration is as dry... Read More

ATOMIC ADVENTURES

ATOMIC ADVENTURES Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder; A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science

by James Mahaffey | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Remember the cold fusion brouhaha back in 1989? That scientific debacle, in which the author played a part, is only one episode in this collection of stories about atomic research gone wrong--and occasionally right. The writing is crisp and engaging, and through well-paced modulation and comfort with challenging vocabulary, narrator Keith Sellon-Wright captures Mahaffey's... 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

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 Brene Brown | Read by Brene 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

CAESAR'S LAST BREATH

CAESAR'S LAST BREATH Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Earphones Award Winner

by Sam Kean | Read by Ben Sullivan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sam Kean opens with the classic argument that the "ghosts of breaths past" are still in the air we breathe today. It's not just Julius Caesar's assassination that's recalled by the gases of our atmosphere, though. Narrator Ben Sullivan makes the stories of scientists like James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Alfred Nobel entertaining, reading with humor, humanity, and drama.... 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 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

COSMOS

COSMOS A Personal Voyage

by Carl Sagan | Read by Seth MacFarlane, LeVar Burton, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Carl Sagan's classic (1980) examination of the cosmos, released for the first time as an audiobook, combines accessible writing, poetic imagery, and awe-inspiring imaginings grounded in science. Narrator LeVar Burton's intuitive pacing and tone guide listeners through discussions of landmark scientific discoveries, human culture and history, life on Earth, and our connections... Read More

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

by Nancy MacLean | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Are you ready for an audiobook that will uncover, finally, the plot to privatize every aspect of American life, including Social Security, education, infrastructure, and the workforce? The author traces our present right-wing revolution back to the 1950s and an economist named James McGill Buchanan. The rest is, well, dependent upon your political persuasion. Bernadette Dunne... 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

EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE

EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem

by Bill Nye | Read by Bill Nye

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Part memoir, part inspirational tome, and part gag reel, this audio production seems to be everything Nye wants the listener to know about himself, his beliefs, the universe, and whatever else is on his mind. Born of inquisitive parents and encouraged to explore the world around him, Nye implores his listeners to pursue knowledge, fight mindlessness, and work to save the world.... Read More

FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN

FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN Sex, Gender, Feminism

by Camille Paglia | Read by Camille Paglia

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Social critic Camille Paglia refers to herself as "abrasive, strident, and obnoxious." And those words also apply to her narration. This intelligent, opinionated academic offers an array of provocative philosophical and historical perspectives that span a range of topics. She covers Madonna, Queen Nefertiti, Freud, and the importance of understanding football as a strategy for... Read More

GOOD BOOTY

GOOD BOOTY Love and Sex, Black and 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

HOW EMOTIONS ARE MADE

HOW EMOTIONS ARE MADE The Secret Life of the Brain

by Lisa Feldman Barrett | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Cassandra Campbell sounds like an engaging professor of a seminar. Unless you are a neurological specialist, much of this popular science audiobook will take you by surprise. Emotions are not hardwired into compartments of the brain, it would seem. They are mental constructs reacting to lifelong neural input. Such input varies from culture to culture. Consequently,... 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

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

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

MAKE IT STICK

MAKE IT STICK The Science of Successful Learning

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter C. Brown, Hanry L. Roediger,III, Mark A. McDaniel | Read by Qarie Marshall

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A lot of what we think we know about learning is wrong, according to 10 years of research carried out by a team of 11 cognitive psychologists. Written by a professional storyteller, this audiobook flows with melodic sentences that are made even more appealing to hear by narrator Qarie Marshall. His effortless-sounding articulation and broad phrasing palette make this a... Read More

MIRACULOUS ABUNDANCE

MIRACULOUS ABUNDANCE One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World

by Perrine Herve-Gruyer, Charles Herve-Gruyer | Read by Tim Bruce

Chelsea Green Publishing Company | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A chameleon with language, British narrator Tim Bruce clearly enunciates the many French words in this visionary audiobook. He captures the ameliorative tone of this tribute to micro-farming and the organic life. His considerable ability adds authority to a globe-spanning work that asks the listener to conceive of a future of tiny market gardens replacing vast tracts of corn... 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

MUCK CITY

MUCK CITY Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

by Bryan Mealer | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author dives into the world of high school football at a Glades Central in Belle Glade, Florida. The school has produced an amazing number of players who have gone on to the NFL. Narrator Dion Graham gives each sentence an emotional charge, so fitting for the drama and challenges the players and coaches face in this tough corner of the country. The author's close vantage of... 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

ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER

ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER Essays

by Scaachi Koul | Read by Scaachi Koul

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Canadian humorist Scaachi Koul performs her collection of biographical essays, which range from amusing to illuminating. Addressing topics like living between cultures, anxiety, and body image, Koul's precise and understated delivery allows listeners time to consider her words as she finds humor and interest in unexaggerated reality. These strengths are especially useful when... Read More

OTHER MINDS

OTHER MINDS The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

by Peter Godfrey-Smith | Read by Peter Noble

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A philosophy professor focuses on one of our most distant human ancestors, the octopus, in this provocative audiobook about the evolution of intelligence. Narrator Peter Noble is a wonderful fit for the material. Along with his measured fascination with these issues and his intelligent-sounding South African accent, he conveys the warmth necessary to keep listeners connected to... 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

POLICING THE BLACK MAN

POLICING THE BLACK MAN Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

by Angela J. Davis [Ed.] | Read by Robin Miles, Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Professor Davis collects a powerful range of authors with critical legal perspectives that unpack the how racist ideology has been intertwined with the legal system throughout history and into the present. Robin Miles and Kevin Kenerly trade off narrating the essays according to each author's gender. Miles's matter-of-fact voice is coupled with a skill for timing and emphasis... Read More

THE POLITICS OF RESENTMENT

THE POLITICS OF RESENTMENT Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker

by Katherine J. Cramer | Read by Coleen Marlo

Post Hypnotic Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Before the 2016 election, the author immersed herself in the lives of conservative rural citizens in Wisconsin to understand their disposition towards government and certain aspects of American culture. Coleen Marlo provides a clear and direct voice that rightly emphasizes Cramer's key points but can also vocally pivot to capture the charm and sincerity in the banter that she... Read More

PROGRESS

PROGRESS Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

by Johan Norberg | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, Johan Norberg argues that life has evolved to be radically better in every way. With a deliberate pace, Derek Perkins uses modulation in a flawless narration that is serious and informative as well as entertaining. The audiobook details how civilization has made phenomenal progress in freedom, sanitation, income, life... 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

SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT

SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

by Samin Nosrat | Read by Samin Nosrat

Simon & Schuster Audio | Abridged
Contemporary Culture

Samin Nosrat's narration of her innovative cooking guide is informative and conversational. Nosrat is a helpful friend by your side in the kitchen, cheerfully imparting culinary wisdom through a combination of accessible scientific explanations and tales of past cooking disasters--and triumphs--of her own. She distills the complexities of the kitchen to four essential... Read More

SCALE

SCALE The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

by Geoffrey West | Read by Bruce Mann

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Bruce Mann uses an appropriately professorial tone for this exciting scientific adventure involving network systems, fractals, and the odd coherence of many large systems. Listeners will hear, for example, how a shrew scales up to a blue whale and subatomic particles to galaxies. Mann's experience narrating hard science makes even the most difficult concepts... 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

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

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

by Ben Sasse | Read by Ben Sasse

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Former college president and now U.S. Senator Ben Sasse reads with the clarity and confidence of a voice pro in this friendly warning aimed at America's parents, teachers, and governing officials. Offering accessible examples and data to back his concerns, he says that too many of today's youth lack persistence and become "bizarrely fuzzy-headed when actual real-world problems... 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

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

WHAT SHE ATE

WHAT SHE ATE Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

by Laura Shapiro | Read by Kimberly Farr, Laura Shapiro

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this culinary biography, a newly established genre, food historian and journalist Laura Shapiro provides a different take on the lives of famous women, among them Eva Braun, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Gurley Brown. Her focus is on the language of food. The author narrates the beginning and ending of the audiobook, and adds little. Principal narrator Kimberly Farr, however,... 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

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

WOOLLY

WOOLLY The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures

by Ben Mezrich | Read by Ben Mezrich

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Mezrich's book is a somewhat jumbled look at genomic research and the possibility of cloning extinct species, especially a mammoth. His reading is energetic and expressive, and his voice, while not especially strong, is agreeable enough. His manner is amiable and his pacing good. However, he frequently emphasizes words within a phrase or sentence in a way that's either... 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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