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AGAINST CIVILITY

AGAINST CIVILITY The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

by Alex Zamalin | Read by Adam Barr

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Adam Barr uses a persuasive style to emphasize the core message of this audiobook, which is that calls for civility actually fuel racism, rather than combat it. Barr's delivery is polished and consistent throughout the 200 years of history covered in these chapters. His measured pace allows listeners to ponder the wide range of ideas being presented on a variety of... Read More

AMERICAN COVENANT

AMERICAN COVENANT

by Michael A. Soukup, Gary E. Machlis | Read by Danny Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Danny Campbell delivers this eloquent appreciation of our national parks in his somewhat hoarse-sounding and sometimes wavering voice. Once the listener is accustomed to his timbre, this audiobook delivers an informed celebration of the National Parks System (NPS) but also offers a critique of its management. The authors say the system has focused more on visitor... Read More

THE BEARS OF BROOKS FALLS

THE BEARS OF BROOKS FALLS Wildlife and Survival on Alaska's Brooks River

by Michael Fitz | Read by John Pruden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With this stellar audio production, listeners can journey by ear to south-central Alaska's little known yet spectacular Katmai National Park. Narrator John Pruden moves briskly through the author's vivid descriptions of the park's geology, beginning in 1912 with the largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century, which occurred in Katmai. The author worked as a park ranger... Read More

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICA

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICA For the Immigrant and the Curious

by Roya Hakakian | Read by Roya Hakakian

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Roya Hakakian's voice softens as she recalls her first view of America, which took place from a plane after fleeing Iran in 1984. Even as she describes Iran's customs in calm tones, her voice takes on excitement when she describes her new freedom from strict dress codes. Her writing offers advice for new immigrants with a passion that comes from her own "bifurcated life" in... Read More

THE BIG BOOK OF MARS

THE BIG BOOK OF MARS From Ancient Egypt to The Martian, a Deep-Space Dive into Our Obsession with the Red Planet

by Marc Hartzman | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Johnny Heller is an inspired choice for this fun audiobook about the fourth rock from the sun. Not so long ago, people believed Mars had intelligent life that roamed its surface, constructing canals. Now humans dream of visiting there. Heller is equal parts tour guide, scientist, and observer as he shares this comprehensive look at why Earth's inhabitants are so... Read More

BLACK, WHITE, AND THE GREY

BLACK, WHITE, AND THE GREY The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant

by Mashama Bailey, John O. Morisano | Read by Mashama Bailey, John O. Morisano

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano smoothly alternate delivering the chapters of their memoir, which is part reminiscence of their friendship and part the story of the restaurant business they built together. Bailey's warm, sincere tone holds listeners close as she details her experiences as a Black female chef. Morisano, who is white, has a humorous take on getting to know... Read More

BLUE

BLUE In Search of Nature's Rarest Color

by Kai Kupferschmidt | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Jonathan Yen has fun with this scientific and historical exploration of the color blue. Listeners who are looking for a unique title that approaches a deep topic from a variety of angles will be pleased with this experience. Yen creates the persona of a broadcaster, and his jovial tone and quick pace sustain interest. From India to Egypt and elsewhere, he explains, the... Read More

BROKE IN AMERICA

BROKE IN AMERICA Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty

by Joanne Samuel Goldblum, Colleen Shaddox | Read by Joanne Samuel Goldblum, Colleen Shaddox, JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This listen will educate--and infuriate. The authors and JD Jackson describe how poverty could be eradicated and why it hasn't been. Listeners get explanations on why bad policy, not personal failure, lies at the root of poverty. Jackson conveys just the right amount of exasperation, frustration, and understanding to make this a compelling listen. It's never preachy or... Read More

THE BUBBE DIARIES

THE BUBBE DIARIES

by Paula Span | Read by Paula Span

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

You don't have to be a grandparent to enjoy this brief but compelling compendium of wisdom on grandparenting. Author/narrator Paula Span completely engages listeners with her heartfelt, often very funny account of becoming a first-time grandparent. With her warm, friendly delivery, Span expresses her delight at her daughter's pregnancy, her attempts to control herself from... Read More

CHILDREN UNDER FIRE

CHILDREN UNDER FIRE An American Crisis

by John Woodrow Cox | Read by Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Graham Halstead gives children a true voice in this heartbreaking, infuriating, and devastating account of the impact of gun violence on kids and their families. When quoting children, he treats them with respect by making them sound youthful without infantilizing their voices. Cox has done a truly remarkable job of humanizing the horrific effects of gun violence on... Read More

CHILE PEPPERS

CHILE PEPPERS A Global History

by Dave DeWitt | Read by Gary Tiedemann

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Food historian Dave DeWitt offers listeners the ability to travel the globe through their earbuds with this comprehensive volume on those brightly-colored plants that add spice to life--commonly known as chiles. It's all here: botanical classifications, history, varieties, and uses--from the lowest to the highest on the Scoville heat scale. Gary Tiedemann provides a well-paced,... Read More

CONFLICTED

CONFLICTED How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes

by Ian Leslie | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies does a lovely job performing this array of stories, research, and expert advice on how productive disagreements can lead to better outcomes. At first, the polish of his British accent and his obvious delight with the material seem mismatched, but that soon becomes a nonissue. With his engagement and sincerity never in doubt, his performance... Read More

COOK, EAT, REPEAT

COOK, EAT, REPEAT Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Nigella Lawson | Read by Nigella Lawson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Nigella Lawson exuberantly narrates her latest cookbook, sharing her passion for food and cooking. Lawson's background as a chef, food writer, and TV personality all come into play in this well-rounded audiobook. Each chapter's long introduction has Lawson displaying her love of food in lushly expressive language. Listeners will be clamoring to try her recipes after the first... Read More

THE DAY THE WORLD STOPS SHOPPING

THE DAY THE WORLD STOPS SHOPPING How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves

by J.B. MacKinnon | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Kaleo Griffith is methodical, precise, and steady in his delivery of this look at the dangers of consumerism. He treats listeners to this in-depth examination of how current purchasing trends are intertwined with climate change. Griffith's narration has an academic tone that reflects this well-researched work. This will be a popular title for those who would like to... Read More

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW A Black Power Manifesto

by Charles M. Blow | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

"Manifesto" is the perfect word to use to describe this compelling, provocative listen. Narrator JD Jackson's gravelly voice and deliberate delivery match the insightful content and thoughtful argument presented. Blow's argument challenges listeners to think beyond the current conversations about race, politics, and white supremacy. Instead, he presents a step-by-step... Read More

EMPIRE OF ANTS

EMPIRE OF ANTS The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary Lives of Earth's Tiny Conquerors

by Susanne Foitzik, Olaf Fritsche | Read by Cat Gould

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The authors' admiration for ants is evident throughout Cat Gould's narration of this audiobook. Listeners won't have the urge to bring ants home for research, as Suzanne Foitzik's team does, but they might find themselves liking the tiny creatures a little more. That's easy as listeners hear how ants sacrifice themselves for their colonies and measure distance in their brains.... Read More

EXERCISED

EXERCISED Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

by Daniel Lieberman | Read by Sean Runnette

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Harvard biology professor Daniel Lieberman offers a plethora of information on the history of physical activity, what it does to the body, and why it is important to commit to moving. Narrator Sean Runnette presents the material with clarity and encouragement. Using a professional tone, he emphasizes the author's supportive and compassionate approach when speaking to those who... Read More

FATHOMS

FATHOMS The World in the Whale

by Rebecca Giggs | Read by Shiromi Arserio

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Shiromi Arserio's voice conveys sadness and grief as she relates the author's experience with the vigil for a dying humpback whale on an Australian beach. The sadness returns elsewhere in Giggs's meditation on whales, especially when her thoughts turn to the plastic and other human objects found inside the massive sea animals. When Giggs tells of the one time she tasted whale... Read More

FESTIVAL DAYS

FESTIVAL DAYS

by Jo Ann Beard | Read by Suehyla El Attar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Suehyla El Attar sounds like a familiar friend telling us about the ups and downs of an exceptional day. She delivers the essays in this collection in a lively and engaging manner that makes this audiobook a quick listen. Dramatic settings and situations--from India to New York, from dying pets to buildings on fire--make up these nine works. Those looking for something... Read More

FOOD AMERICANA

FOOD AMERICANA The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories Behind America's Favorite Dishes

by David Page | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Yen is an engaged and engaging narrator of this tour of American foods. His delivery has energy, enthusiasm, and just the right tone for tracking the many restaurateurs and locals who enhance the histories in this audiobook. Speaking in a conversational style and informative tone, Yen serves the text well. Author David Page, producer of "Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives,"... Read More

FREEDOM

FREEDOM

by Sebastian Junger | Read by Sebastian Junger

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Like Hemingway, Orwell, or Churchill himself, Sebastian Junger is intoxicated by life's perilous extremities. He's chased the front in Bosnia, Serbia, and--most famously--Afghanistan. His voice is like a fingerprint, a baritone played on vocal cords pulled almost to the breaking point. Now the writer meditates on independence and interdependence as he, three friends, and a dog... Read More

FULFILLMENT

FULFILLMENT Winning and Losing in One-Click America

by Alec MacGillis | Read by Danny Gavigan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Alec MacGillis writes for ProPublica--a New York City-based organization that carries out investigative journalism in the public interest. Here he offers a detailed, expansive, and well-researched examination of Amazon with a special focus on its impacts on citizens of varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Danny Gavigan's workmanlike narration maintains a reasonable... Read More

THE GOD EQUATION

THE GOD EQUATION The Quest for a Theory of Everything

by Michio Kaku | Read by Feodor Chin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Feodor Chin's smooth, unflagging, could-listen-to-it-forever voice makes palpable and even delectable the most austere and formidable of subjects--the mysteries of quantum physics, string theory, and the origins of time and matter. Author Michio Kaku gives us a complete history of physics and the great physicists in as accessible and concise a fashion as any layperson... Read More

HALFWAY HOME

HALFWAY HOME Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

by Rueben Jonathan Miller | Read by Cary Hite

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Cary Hite's strong performance enhances an ultimately tragic look at post-incarceration life in America. Miller's text is part academic work and part life story--he is a sociologist and chaplain who has close relatives who have done time. He draws on his personal experience to illustrate what the research shows: Once people are released from prison, they still are not... Read More

A HANDFUL OF EARTH, A HANDFUL OF SKY

A HANDFUL OF EARTH, A HANDFUL OF SKY The World of Octavia Butler

by Lynell George | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Lynelle George shares the creative process of MacArthur Fellow Octavia Butler, who is known for her literary science fiction. Adenrele Ojo is full of personality in her narration. She captures the way Butler announces who she will become in the world and how she will get there. The poignant questions Ojo verbalizes throughout this work provide insightful ways of... Read More

THE HARD CROWD

THE HARD CROWD Essays 2000-2020

by Rachel Kushner | Read by Rachel Kushner

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Rachel Kushner narrates these essays precisely and warmly. Her voice, assured and practiced, moves the text along. An admired novelist, she's a fine storyteller who uses pace well. She gives life to the many real-life characters--artists, writers, activists, daredevils--who fill this audiobook. The collection includes personal profiles, creative nonfiction, literary analysis,... Read More

HEARTWARMING

HEARTWARMING How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human

by Hans Rocha Ijzerman | Read by Basil Sands

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Basil Sands's voice might strike listeners as a little detached as he explains social thermoregulation--the relationship between physical warmth and social warmth. Sands mostly keeps to the familiar tones of an announcer to guide listeners through a lot of terms and concepts. He lets in an occasional flourish, reflecting author Ijzerman's humility when a study's... Read More

HOLDING BACK THE RIVER

HOLDING BACK THE RIVER The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways

by Tyler J. Kelley | Read by Samantha Desz

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Samantha Desz narrates with careful pacing and an intelligent "facts first" approach. Her clear delivery fits this inquiry into how the rerouting of rivers has worked and for whom. She allows the anecdotes of engineers, barge captains, and, most tellingly, farmers and homeowners whose lands have been destroyed to tell their stories. Her crisp voice works to elucidate the tough... Read More

HOOKED

HOOKED Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions

by Michael Moss | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The journalistic quality of Scott Brick's narration is perfectly suited to this eye-opening investigation of the food industry and how it gets us hooked on poor-quality foods. This exploration of the science behind our desire for certain foods reveals why they can be more addictive than drugs and cigarettes, and how our chemical responses to food are exploited by the companies... Read More

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

by Clint Smith | Read by Clint Smith

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Poet and journalist Clint Smith's debut work of nonfiction captivates as he explores the ways that we Americans confront and reckon with the legacy of slavery in the United States. His resonant voice moves with a poet's rhythm as he takes listeners to former plantations, on historical tours, and to Angola Prison. Many sites are in the American South, though he also includes... Read More

THE HUMMINGBIRDS' GIFT

THE HUMMINGBIRDS' GIFT Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

by Sy Montgomery | Read by Sy Montgomery

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a wonder-filled voice, nature writer Sy Montgomery (THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS) recounts the time she assisted with the rehabilitation of two orphaned hummingbird chicks. Originally published as a chapter in Montgomery's 2010 book BIRDOLOGY and with a new introduction here, this brief audio is a hummingbird-sized meditation on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of these... Read More

THE ICEPICK SURGEON

THE ICEPICK SURGEON Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

by Sam Kean | Read by Ben Sullivan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Ben Sullivan's strong, clear voice and intentional pacing complement these tales of scientific misdeeds perfectly. In the name of progress, Thomas Edison, John Money, and John Charles Cutler, to name a few, disregarded ethics to achieve scientific glory. Hindsight shows that meaningful scientific progress is impossible to achieve through nefarious methods because the... Read More

LET THE LORD SORT THEM

LET THE LORD SORT THEM The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty

Earphones Award Winner

by Maurice Chammah | Read by Kevin R. Free

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kevin Free's approachable narration of Chammah's multifaceted historical investigation of the death penalty makes the topic easier to bear while simultaneously delivering a gut punch as one realizes the horror of it all. In 1972, SCOTUS found the nation's death penalty laws to be unconstitutional, prompting states to rewrite them. Chammah explores the sentence's racist origins,... Read More

LIFE'S EDGE

LIFE'S EDGE The Search for What It Means to Be Alive

Earphones Award Winner

by Carl Zimmer | Read by Joe Ochman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This fascinating and thoroughly engaging audiobook will appeal to a great many listeners beyond those who follow developments in contemporary science. Popular science writer Carl Zimmer surveys a wide array of life forms and states of existence to answer some of the most fundamental questions about life. Joe Ochman is a narrator who knows how to pace a sentence in a way that... Read More

NALA'S WORLD

NALA'S WORLD One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe

Earphones Award Winner

by Dean Nicholson, Garry Jenkins | Read by Angus King

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Angus King captures tattooed, bearded party guy Dean Nicholson, who loses his heart to an abandoned kitten he names Nala at the start of an around-the-world journey. Listeners will join the duo as they bike around mostly remote parts of Europe and Asia. King nails Nicholson's strong Scottish brogue, along with the diverse accents of the people man and feline encounter.... Read More

THE NARROWS OF FEAR

THE NARROWS OF FEAR (Wapawikoscikanik)

by Carol Rose GoldenEagle | Read by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Inanna Publications | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This initially heartbreaking but ultimately joyful audiobook is about the interconnected lives of a group of family and friends in a small Cree community in Northern Canada. The story moves through the points of view of several Indigenous women (and a few men), most of whom are dealing with intense trauma. Carol Rose GoldenEagle's narration is powerful and steady. Her voice is... Read More

THE NEW AGE OF EMPIRE

THE NEW AGE OF EMPIRE How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World

by Kehinde Andrews | Read by Kehinde Andrews

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Professor Kehinde Andrews of Birmingham (England) University narrates his work in an assured voice that is fitting for an audiobook intended to provide a new context for examining systemic racism. Andrews provides clear background on the destructive workings of colonialism and white supremacy. He targets the myths of white philosophers historically held in high regard within... Read More

NOISE

NOISE A Flaw in Human Judgment

by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Todd Ross is an expert narrator who keeps listeners engaged throughout this densely researched book about how we make decisions and, in doing so, sometimes make mistakes. He sets a measured pace that helps listeners keep track of the many complex ideas, anecdotes, and data explored. Ross has the delivery style of a gifted professor. He is steady, consistent, and clear... Read More

OF HUMAN KINDNESS

OF HUMAN KINDNESS What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Read by Janet Metzger

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Janet Metzger presents Cohen's well-researched and well-written arguments about the lessons on empathy to be learned from Shakespeare. While Metzger delivers the somewhat academic lectures in a carefully articulated manner, she dramatically performs the excerpts from Shakespeare's plays that illustrate the author's points. Cohen's thesis centers on Shakespeare's... Read More

OUR ONLY HOME

OUR ONLY HOME A Climate Appeal to the World

by Dalai Lama, Franz Alt | Read by Brian Nishii, Angelo Di Loreto

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a collection of speeches, letters, and quotations by the world-renowned spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on the crisis of climate change. Some of the audiobook features interviews between the two authors as they discuss environmental activism and climate justice from a Buddhist perspective. It's impossible for any narrator to embody the Dalai Lama's ineffable... Read More

THE SCHOOL I DESERVE

THE SCHOOL I DESERVE Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

by Jo Napolitano | Read by Dani Cervone

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Dani Cervone narrates journalist Jo Napolitano's thorough examination of an often overlooked area of American prejudice--unequal access to education among refugees, in this case in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Napolitano tells the story of what happens when a Sudanese refugee and five of her peers try to enroll in high school. Their public school district refuses them entry due to... Read More

STOP SAVING THE PLANET!

STOP SAVING THE PLANET! An Environmentalist Manifesto

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Price | Read by Hillary Huber

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Hillary Huber narrates this intrepid audiobook with controlled irony. Her plaintive interrogative tone highlights its striking critique on why so little has been achieved in five decades of battling climate change. She smoothly handles the many uses of "riddle me this," "duh," and "however" that ramp up the performance. The narration of this audiobook, subtitled "An... Read More

THE SUM OF US

THE SUM OF US What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

by Heather McGhee | Read by Heather McGhee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Writer/narrator Heather McGhee, current chair of Color of Change's board and former president of the nonpartisan think tank Demos, engagingly explains how racism damages all Americans. Her expertise as a researcher and author of economic legislation is combined with reports from her personal tour of the U.S. She interviews other experts and ordinary people to expose the fallacy... Read More

SURE, I'LL BE YOUR BLACK FRIEND

SURE, I'LL BE YOUR BLACK FRIEND Notes From the Other Side of the Fist Bump

by Ben Philippe | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

James Fouhey narrates this witty, perceptive collection of essays from writer and professor Ben Philippe, who was born in Haiti, was raised in Montreal, and currently resides in New York City. Phillipe's conversational memoir discusses his experiences in diverse cultures navigating cultural divides. Speaking to white audiences as their new Black friend--or boyfriend, student,... Read More

TAKEOVER

TAKEOVER How a Conservative Student Club Captured the Supreme Court

by Noah Feldman, Lidia Jean Kott | Read by Noah Feldman

Pushkin Industries | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Harvard law professor Noah Feldman offers a reasonably balanced examination of the Federalist Society, a private conservative organization that was founded in 1982 by law students from Harvard, Yale, and the University of Chicago. Its members want to check federal power and advance their view of liberty. Six of our sitting Supreme Court justices are or have been Society... Read More

THIS IS THE FIRE

THIS IS THE FIRE What I Say to My Friends About Racism

by Don Lemon | Read by Don Lemon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Much like his popular CNN show, Don Lemon's new audiobook is well researched, thoughtful, and passionate. The book includes a collection of personal stories and observations mixed with a detailed history of racism and analysis of current events. Of particular note are Lemon's reflections on his visit to Africa with his mother to trace his family's ancestry. His emotional... Read More

UPSWING

UPSWING How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

by Robert D. Putnam , Shaylyn Romney Garrett [contributor] | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Arthur Morey delivers statistical concepts with insightful tonal variations that enhance comprehension and maintain the listener's interest. Robert Putnam posits that the last 120 years of economic history have followed an "I-we-I" trajectory. The Gilded Age was marked by massive inequality and exploitation of workers. Then the New Deal and civil rights shared gains... Read More

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT A Slow Food Manifesto

by Alice Waters | Read by Alice Waters

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

While her voice is thin and sometimes quavers, chef/food activist Alice Waters narrates with a lifetime of knowledge, commitment, and passion. Subtitled "A Slow Food Manifesto," this important audiobook provides a cri de coeur for reconsidering why, how, and what we eat. Famed as the grand dame of the farm-to-table movement and for her legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in... Read More

WHEN WOMEN INVENTED TELEVISION

WHEN WOMEN INVENTED TELEVISION The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today

Earphones Award Winner

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong | Read by Nan McNamara

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Nan McNamara brings her enthusiastic storytelling skills to this illuminating examination of TV pioneers Gertrude Berg, Hazel Scott, Irna Phillips, and Betty White. Listeners are treated to a revelatory history of the transition from radio to television in the 1940s and '50s, including the devastating impact of the McCarthy era. McNamara is perfectly in tune with... Read More

WHY PEACOCKS?

WHY PEACOCKS? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird

by Sean Flynn | Read by Vikas Adam

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Vikas Adam uses jaunty humor while performing Flynn's memoir of his experiences with unusual pets--specifically peacocks. Adam's ironic tone gives this audiobook the feel of a novel, and his excellent timing contributes to a laugh-out-loud listening experience. The overall effect is that of a unique story being told by a very dramatic friend. Deftly woven throughout is... Read More

WHY WAKANDA MATTERS

WHY WAKANDA MATTERS What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication

by Sheena C. Howard [Ed.] | Read by JD Jackson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

JD Jackson narrates this essay collection about the social effects of the film BLACK PANTHER. The premise is that it is more than a comic- book movie--it is an inspirational work of art that will change the lives of those who see it. In order for this premise to work, the narrator has to sell it, and Jackson brings the gravitas that the audiobook needs. His powerful voice and... Read More

THE WOMAN WHO STOLE VERMEER

THE WOMAN WHO STOLE VERMEER

by Anthony M. Amore | Read by Karen Cass

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

British narrator Karen Cass vividly narrates this captivating audiobook. She realistically delivers the upper-class English accents and Irish brogues of those featured in this true account of a 1970s aristocrat turned revolutionary. In an engaging style and intelligent tone, Cass recounts how wealthy Rose Dugdale, a conservative debutante who attends Oxford and gains a PhD in... Read More

WORLD TRAVEL

WORLD TRAVEL An Irreverent Guide

by Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever | Read by Laurie Woolever, Steve Albini, Shep Gordon, Christopher Bourdain, Jen Agg, Matt Walsh, Bill Buford, Claude Tayag, Nari Kye, Vidya Balachander

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listening to this posthumous collection of commentary by chef Anthony Bourdain on his favorite places is like joining him for one final adventure. From Argentina to Vietnam, each brief chapter starts with a quick but detailed overview of airports, transportation, and hotels, narrated by Bourdain's assistant, Laurie Woolever. This is followed by Bourdain's thoughts about the... Read More

THE ZOOLOGIST'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

THE ZOOLOGIST'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens--and Ourselves

by Arik Kershenbaum | Read by Samuel West

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners may smile at the droll humor as narrator Samuel West delivers the author's account of how New Caledonian crows make tools. What does this have to do with life across our galaxy? It shows how intelligence evolves to fit needs. Arik Kershenbaum believes alien life forms can be understandable, but first listeners need to take a look at life forms here on Earth. Thus,... Read More

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