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#NEVERAGAIN

#NEVERAGAIN A New Generation Draws the Line

by David Hogg, Lauren Hogg | Read by David Hogg, Lauren Hogg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Extraordinary acts often result in extraordinary responses. The February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida elicited a response from brother-and-sister David and Lauren Hogg that was--and remains--extraordinary. This audiobook is their story of that horrific day when a classmate gunned down 14 fellow students and three faculty members. David and... Read More

AND THEN WE DANCED

AND THEN WE DANCED A Voyage into the Grove

by Henry Alford | Read by Henry Alford

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author gives a humorous and informative overview of dance, and the listener quickly falls into his narration. Henry Alford takes a memoirish approach to his topic, so listeners will glean a bit about all things dance--from quick bios on the likes of Twyla Tharp and Isadora Duncan to an understanding of new expressive movements in the art form. He takes a while to warm up,... Read More

THE ANGRY CHEF'S GUIDE TO SPOTTING BULLSH*T IN THE WORLD OF FOOD

THE ANGRY CHEF'S GUIDE TO SPOTTING BULLSH*T IN THE WORLD OF FOOD Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony Warner | Read by Jonathan Cowley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

It's difficult not to break into a smile when narrator Jonathan Cowley dons the persona of the Angry Chef and begins his tirade on ridiculous claims about food and diets. Speaking with a British accent, Cowley adds humor to author Anthony Warner's frustration and explanations of the pseudoscience that celebrities use as the basis for their diet plans. Cowley's enthusiastic... Read More

THE ART OF THE GOOD LIFE

THE ART OF THE GOOD LIFE 52 Surprising Shortcuts to Happiness, Wealth, and Success

by Rolf Dobelli | Read by Keith Wickham

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Keith Wickham's cheery performance is pleasing to hear, despite pitch and phrasing patterns that sound repetitive. His lively vocal personality captures the wisecracking tone of the Dobelli's writing, which uses entertaining examples and vignettes to illustrate the mental errors we make in managing our lives. Drawing from his background in economic philosophy and his prodigious... Read More

ASK A NORTH KOREAN

ASK A NORTH KOREAN Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World's Most Secretive Nation

by Daniel Tudor | Read by P.J. Ochlan, Greta Jung

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is composed of short essays from North Koreans who have defected to other countries. P.J. Ochlan and Greta Jung provide matter-of-fact narrations of these compelling perspectives on life in totalitarian North Korea. Pop culture, sexual identity, and daily livelihood are all covered. In one passage, two Koreans notice the glimmering lights of China in the distance... Read More

THE BATTLE FOR PARADISE

THE BATTLE FOR PARADISE Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists

by Naomi Klein | Read by Erin Bennett

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This short audiobook packs as potent a punch as the hurricanes that devastated the island of Puerto Rico in 2017. Its intent is to clear a path forward for the people and institutions that are still subject to American rule but who wish to remake Puerto Rico into a sustainable, unique place to live. The author also warns about those who want to profit from its pain. Narrator... Read More

THE BILLIONAIRE RAJ

THE BILLIONAIRE RAJ A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age

by James Crabtree | Read by Shridhar Solanki

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The riches of India's prominent families are magnified because they exist alongside the abject poverty of the masses. Narrator Shridhar Solanki's tenor voice casts a questioning tone on their lifestyles and a system that allows so much wealth inequality. He presents to us the author's anecdotes and analysis of India's billionaires in a storytelling style that makes us shake our... Read More

BORN WITH WINGS

BORN WITH WINGS The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

by Daisy Khan | Read by Daisy Khan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Daisy Khan is the feminist Muslim voice we need in our turbulent global climate. She narrates her memoir on spirituality, resilience, and change using the informal tones of a friend chatting to the listener over a cup of coffee. Khan sounds down to earth, lively, and engaging as she recounts her journey from Catholic school student to feminist activist based in New York City... Read More

CELESTIAL BODIES

CELESTIAL BODIES How to Look at Ballet

by Laura Jacobs | Read by Tiffany Morgan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this audiobook, the author sets out to convince listeners that there's more to ballet than first meets the eye. It's not a compilation of tips on on how to watch ballet--it's an all-encompassing primer on dance that will enlighten novices and ballet enthusiasts alike. Narrator Tiffany Morgan is the perfect pairing for this listen. Her friendly but scholarly sounding style... Read More

CHASING NEW HORIZONS

CHASING NEW HORIZONS Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

by Alan Stern, David Grinspoon | Read by Alan Stern, David Grinspoon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author and narrator David Grinspoon takes listeners behind the scenes of New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto, which passed by the planet in July 2015. This illuminating account reveals how stakeholders, Plutophiles, and advocates overcame numerous obstacles--including the securing of approvals, funding uncertainties, and inter-agency rivalries--to reach this planet.... Read More

CHASING THE DEMON

CHASING THE DEMON A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It

by Dan Hampton | Read by John Pruden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In today's world of jets, helicopters, drones, and spacecraft, it can be hard to remember it was only in 1903 that the first heavier-than-air machine took to the skies. Of the many obstacles in the quest to go faster, farther, and higher, breaking the sound barrier was one that presented challenges some thought impossible to overcome. Fortunately for author Dan Hampton, and for... Read More

CHEFS, DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL

CHEFS, DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL How Food Lovers, Free Spirits, Misfits and Wanderers Created a New American Profession

by Andrew Friedman | Read by Roger Wayne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, vigorously narrated by Roger Wayne, covers a lot of ground. It is packed with stories of celebrity chefs, influential restaurateurs, and their lives and times. Wayne is more than an adept narrator, he aptly interprets Friedman's accounts of the chefs who would become stars. If you want to hear the origin stories of Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Paul... Read More

CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM

CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

by Earl Swift | Read by Tom Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author's journalistic style and poetic eye for description combine with narrator Tom Parks's conversational tone to make this story about Virginia island life easy to listen to. Tangier Island, 12 miles off the Virginia coast, is home to a few hundred hardy souls who have one foot in the past--an economy based on commercial crabbing--and one in the present--a changing... Read More

THE COMMON GOOD

THE COMMON GOOD

by Robert B. Reich | Read by Robert B. Reich

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The title will tell you much of what you need to know about what this thoughtful audiobook has to say. Having served in three presidential administrations, the author, and narrator, Robert Reich has the knowledge and perspective to offer real solutions to why we are so divided as a nation. The United States was founded on the idea of the common good. Reich's point is that we... Read More

THE DEATH OF TRUTH

THE DEATH OF TRUTH Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

by Michiko Kakutani | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Versatile narrator Tavia Gilbert performs this significant audiobook with a sure sense of its importance. Her focused reading suits the intent of its thought-provoking treatise on how and why truth and reason are vanishing from our national politics and discourse. The literary allusions and philosophical insights packed into the work would create a challenge for any narrator.... Read More

DIRECTORATE S

DIRECTORATE S The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

by Steve Coll | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The title of this taut audiobook refers to a small wing of the Pakistani Intelligence Service, the I.S.I., whose job it was to train and arm Taliban fighters to expand Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan after 9/11. The work of this directorate had a direct and negative effect on the United States' ability to successfully prosecute a war that continues to this day. Narrator... Read More

DOPESICK

DOPESICK Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Earphones Award Winner

by Beth Macy | Read by Beth Macy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this razor-sharp indictment of the government, doctors, and Big Pharma, Beth Macy, author and narrator of this audiobook, exposes their attempts to control what is now an epidemic of opioid addiction among people of all walks of life in our nation. Doctors who do not understand the depth of the problem are overprescribing pain medications for small injuries and creating drug... Read More

THE EDEN EXPRESS

THE EDEN EXPRESS A Memoir of Insanity

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Vonnegut | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This compelling true story chronicles Vonnegut's experience with mental illness and recovery in the late '60s and early '70s. Pete Cross imbues his narration with plenty of good humor and jaunty warmth, helping the listener to empathize with the author's experience. Young Vonnegut sets forth in his VW with his girlfriend, Virginia, some recreational drugs, and his loyal dog,... Read More

EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN

EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BURN Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

by Vegas Tenold | Read by Vegas Tenold

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Vegas Tenold narrates his shocking audiobook on the rise of white supremacy in the United States. Tenold embeds himself in the homes and offices of white supremacists, witnessing street fights, riots, and everyday bickering. Part of what makes Tenold's on-the-ground reporting even more striking--and equally disturbing--is the mundane nature of the members of these hate groups.... Read More

THE FEATHER THIEF

THE FEATHER THIEF Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

by Kirk Wallace Johnson | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author became obsessed with the true story of a young American flautist with a penchant for tying salmon flies who stole hundreds of rare dead birds from the Natural History Museum in London to sell feathers to other collectors and flytiers. MacLeod Andrews's narration is so engaging and enthusiastic that he gives this engrossing story extra zip. In particular, he perfectly... Read More

FRENEMIES

FRENEMIES The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)

by Ken Auletta | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Longtime NEW YORKER contributor Ken Auletta intelligently discusses the changes in global advertising, emphasizing the perspectives of the most powerful players and influencers. A great deal of our economy is directly tied to media used for advertising and marketing. Both are fraying around the edges, resulting in those who desire to promote products, those who broker... Read More

HAPPINESS HACKS

HAPPINESS HACKS 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective!

by Alex Palmer | Read by Stephanie Spicer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Despite the encyclopedic nature of this collection of research findings, Stephanie Spicer's performance conveys enough enthusiasm to make it sound like an interesting and helpful documentary. She's a pleasing narrator whose interpretations are creative and unambiguous. Though the title suggests a discussion of obstacles to happiness, the audiobook is actually focused on the... Read More

HAS ANYONE SEEN THE PRESIDENT?

HAS ANYONE SEEN THE PRESIDENT?

by Michael Lewis | Read by Michael Lewis

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Michael Lewis shares his insights on the Trump administration, specifically key moments and the figures connected to them. Though his analysis can be light, he enhances them through his insightful descriptions coupled with a deadpan delivery intended to say more without saying a thing. Lewis's exploration of unconsidered details in the Stormy Daniels scandal, his reflections on... Read More

THE HERITAGE

THE HERITAGE Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism

by Howard Bryant | Read by Ron Butler

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bryant crafts a powerful commentary on black athletes' efforts to leverage their influence into a more meaningful conversation about racial inequality in the face of an increasingly politicized sports environment. As narrator, Ron Butler pulls off a superb performance. First, he delivers the straightforward content at a clear and steady clip made all the more inviting by his... Read More

HOMEY DON'T PLAY THAT!

HOMEY DON'T PLAY THAT! The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution

by David Peisner | Read by JD Jackson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The TV comedy show "In Living Color" proved to be the culmination of numerous black comedians' efforts in an industry that had limited their voices in the prior 30 years. It was also the birthplace of a diversifying of black comedians for the next 30 years. In narrating the history of the show's rise, its height, and its aftermath, JD Jackson moves seamlessly from recounting... Read More

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

by Michael Pollan | Read by Michael Pollan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With an intriguing blend of investigative research and personal exploration, Michael Pollan takes a deep dive into the science of psychedelics in an effort to examine their potential to enhance our inner lives and offer relief from emotional or physical disturbances. Pollan's narration matches his journalistic approach: He's calm and measured, though not immune to the delight... Read More

HOW WE GET FREE

HOW WE GET FREE Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

by Keeanga -Yamahtta Taylor | Read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Taylor interviews some original members of the Combahee River Collective, one of the first black feminist groups that emerged from the Civil Rights movement. The interviewees include Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Narrator Lisa Reneé Pitts creates distinct voices for each of the interviewees that align well with their personalities. While the editorial choices... Read More

HUMAN INSTINCT

HUMAN INSTINCT How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will

by Kenneth R. Miller | Read by Fred Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Tackling the thorniest of thorny issues--human development and the nature of humanity itself--Kenneth R. Miller sets out to retell the story of our evolution. Thankfully, Fred Sanders offers a steady performance, unflagging despite the breadth, depth, and spiritual weight of the subject matter. In the fields of science and philosophy, human development is most often considered... Read More

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSE-COLORED GLASSES

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSE-COLORED GLASSES

by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella | Read by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Are you and your mother as funny as Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella? If not, these authors will keep you laughing as they share their meditations on life with vigor, energy, and pluck. The ladies are hilarious as they hold forth on lost scarves, old dogs, and missed connections. Serritella's chapters are told in a sassy voice that keeps you listening as she details the... Read More

I'M STILL HERE

I'M STILL HERE Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

by Austin Channing Brown | Read by Austin Channing Brown

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Austin Channing Brown enters the conversation on race, gender, class, and inequality in America, in particular discussing her experiences growing up as a black Christian woman. Her vocal delivery is sincere, languid, and well tempered. Often, she vocally balances her incredulity at the challenges she encounters as an intelligent black woman and her ability to be calm in the... Read More

INTO THE RAGING SEA

INTO THE RAGING SEA Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the EL FARO

by Rachel Slade | Read by Erin Bennett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Another audiobook that describes the tragedy of a ship sinking in a hurricane and the drowning of her crew? Not so fast. This true story involves the captain's questionable decisions based on outdated weather maps, the unrelenting demands of global capitalism, corporate bottom lines, and a crew that was caught in the middle while desperately trying to do their jobs. Erin... Read More

KEEP MARCHING

KEEP MARCHING How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World

by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Read by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author and narrator Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner delivers an enthusiastic, practical guide for women who want more than a shot at breaking the glass ceiling. Rowe-Finkbeiner is the executive director of MomsRising and was one of the speakers at the January 2017 Women's March on Washington, the largest protest of its kind in the history of the nation. Her audiobook is full of... Read More

KINGS OF THE YUKON

KINGS OF THE YUKON One Summer Paddling Across the Far North

by Adam Weymouth | Read by Charlie Anson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Charlie Anson does a fantastic job making listeners feel as though they are right beside the author as he travels the length of the Yukon--all 2,000 miles of it--in a canoe. KINGS OF THE YUKON is, ostensibly, the story of the salmon that once thrived in one of North America's great rivers. During his travels, Weymouth describes, and Anson conveys expertly, the... Read More

KINTSUGI WELLNESS

KINTSUGI WELLNESS The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

by Candice Kumai | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Reading the introduction, the author sounds natural and excited about the ideas she offers in this inspiring audiobook. Caitlin Kelly's heartfelt narration, in contrast, communicates a gentle urgency that doesn't interfere with the learning but takes something away from the writing's relaxed optimism. This audiobook offers principles of living, growth, and repair that draw on... Read More

THE MARGINALIZED MAJORITY

THE MARGINALIZED MAJORITY Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

by Onnesha Roychoudhuri | Read by Priya Ayyar

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Priya Ayyar narrates this audiobook with empathy and conviction. Her enunciation is on point, and her clear delivery of humorous anecdotes as well as serious analysis works. Her cadence brings this cultural critique to life. The author charts her course from journalist to activist in this impassioned plea to the "marginalized minority"--women, Latinos, LGBTQs,... Read More

MEET THE FRUGALWOODS

MEET THE FRUGALWOODS Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Willard Thames | Read by Ann Marie Gideon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Ann Marie Gideon warmly delivers author Thames's encouraging call to create a deep sense of fulfillment by living frugally. In this enlightening and entertaining narrative, Thames explains how working the 9-to-5 grind in urban Cambridge, Massachusetts, inspired her to let go of everything that was not deeply important to her and pursue a simpler life. Gideon's... Read More

NIGHT THOUGHTS

NIGHT THOUGHTS

by Wallace Shawn | Read by Wallace Shawn

Haymarket Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This is a curious little listen. You likely know Wallace Shawn in one of three ways: 1. As the son of famed NEW YORKER editor William Shawn; 2. As the costar of the acclaimed film MY DINNER WITH ANDRE; or, 3. As Vizzini from THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Shawn's voice has the power to captivate and engage. This extended essay, which is meditative and, at times, meandering, touches on... Read More

OBAMA

OBAMA An Oral History

by Brian Abrams | Read by Tom Parks, Fred Stella, Emily Sutton-Smith

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This collection of remembrances sounds like the bones for a more complete history of the Obama presidency. All that's lacking is text to tie the quotes together--the flesh that would bring these bones to life. The snippets are revealing, at times even fascinating. But listeners will need a fairly solid knowledge of the facts for these episodes to have significance. The... Read More

THE ORDER OF TIME

THE ORDER OF TIME

by Carlo Rovelli | Read by Benedict Cumberbatch

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Keep your finger near the rewind buttons as you listen to this stunning exploration of the physics and philosophies of time. Rovelli is a patient teacher, but the subject matter is very difficult to grasp. Fortunately, we have narrator Benedict Cumberbatch's talents to carry us along. His velvety bass voice is a delight to listen to--comforting and companionable, with perfect... Read More

ORIGIN STORY

ORIGIN STORY A Big History of Everything

by David Christian | Read by Jamie Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners' minds will soar as this audio history reaches across billions of years to trace the origin of our universe, and our own hospitable but fragile sphere of living things. This "Big History of Everything" is a comfortable listening length, and Jamie Jackson narrates it at a natural pace. He maintains the immediacy of the narrative even when the subject is as vast as the... Read More

OUR TOWNS

OUR TOWNS A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

by James Fallows, Deborah Fallows | Read by James Fallows, Deborah Fallows

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Scattered across the nation, from Maine to Oregon, Arizona to Georgia, there are small towns doing amazing things. OUR TOWNS, written and read by James and Deborah Fallows, offers an engrossing, entertaining, and, at times, surprising look at some of these places. Over the course of five years (from 2012-2017), the Fallowses flew their single-engine plane to the four corners of... Read More

OUT OF THE CLOUDS

OUT OF THE CLOUDS The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings

by Linda Carroll, David Rosner | Read by Kevin T. Collins

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook proves that everyone loves an underdog--or, in this case, an "underhorse." The story is more than a one-trick pony; it also highlights the history of horse racing in the 1930s and 1940s. Narrator Kevin Collins's delivery is an excellent complement to the narrative, particularly his natural-sounding surprise at the success of trainer Hirsch Jacobs. A pigeon racer... Read More

THE PEOPLE VS TECH

THE PEOPLE VS TECH How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it)

by Jamie Bartlett | Read by Sandro Monetti

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bartlett exposes the tension between democratic societies and technologies that are often anything but democratic. Sandro Monetti narrates with a consistent flow and solid emphasis throughout the production. Yet Monettii's genial voice with its British accent may turn off listeners. Her tone comes across as condescending or insincere and, as such, may discourage listeners from... Read More

THE PERFECT WEAPON

THE PERFECT WEAPON War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

by David E. Sanger | Read by Robertson Dean

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sanger offers a scouring critique of our nation's failure to prepare for the cyberattack on the 2016 election and those ahead, particularly given how active the U.S. has been in enacting cyber warfare abroad. Sanger's concerns sound all the more ominous in the gravelly voice of narrator Robertson Dean. There is a soft element to his deep voice that comes through in useful ways,... Read More

PLANET FUNNY

PLANET FUNNY How Comedy Took Over Our Culture

by Ken Jennings | Read by Ken Jennings

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

According to this audiobook, funny is the coin of the realm, the price of admission to our culture, the hip way to make yourself known, heard, famous, and rich. After all, news shows now include funny stories, advertisements rely on comedy to sell goods, and politicians need to be seen as funny by their audiences in order to get elected. Ken Jennings narrates his own audiobook,... Read More

THE PLANT MESSIAH

THE PLANT MESSIAH Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species

by Carlos Magdalena | Read by Roy McMillan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Roy McMillan puts passion into Carlos Magdalena's vows not to let endangered plants become extinct on his watch. Magdalena's love of plants was instilled in him by his mother in Spain. It played a role in his early jobs, whether he worked as a sommelier or a bird counter. Now his work for Kew Botanical Gardens in England gives him the chance to teach others how to... Read More

THE POISONED CITY

THE POISONED CITY Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

by Anna Clark | Read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The tainted and harmful water supply of Flint, Michigan, did not happen accidentally. It resulted from an ongoing failure of individuals and institutions and reflects how our nation values some lives over others. To communicate such a blunt message, Xe Sands is the perfect narrator because her voice is smartly intimate. Her inviting tone comes through like a confidante's... Read More

POLITICAL TRIBES

POLITICAL TRIBES Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

by Amy Chua | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This intriguing audiobook looks at how the U.S. has failed to recognize the power of tribalism, the propensity of societies to break down along ethnic, religious, or clan identities, in its foreign policy and its domestic politics. The author prescribes a healthy dose of unity and common purpose as the cure and says that this will not be easy, but it is essential to our... Read More

RETHINKING SCHOOL

RETHINKING SCHOOL How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education

by Susan Wise Bauer | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bauer takes traditional schooling to task for the ways it disregards the needs of dynamic individual learners for the sake of convenience. Narrator Christina Moore communicates Bauer's frustration with the standardization of learning but also captures the enthusiasm that Bauer has for discovering the right strategies for learning for each child. Moore's slightly mature voice... Read More

REWIRING EDUCATION

REWIRING EDUCATION How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential

by John D. Couch, Jason Towne, Steve Wozniak [Fore.] | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

From his perch as Apple's first vice president of education, Couch engages listeners with another manifesto on how technology will improve education in ways hitherto unknown. Narrator P.J. Ochlan's voice, with its slight nasal resonance, conveys Couch's writing in a congenial style but fails to be as inspiring as Couch's message. Even as the author waxes on about excited and... Read More

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DINOSAURS

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DINOSAURS A New History of a Lost World

by Steve Brusatte | Read by Patrick Lawlor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A new dinosaur turns up every week, Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh says. Thus, human knowledge of the giant beast who still exists in smaller avian form needs filling in. Patrick Lawlor's narration injects Brusatte's enthusiasm into the informative writing. Brusatte's timeline updates the dinosaur saga, emphasizing their storylines while mixing in stories of... Read More

SAVING CENTRAL PARK

SAVING CENTRAL PARK A History and a Memoir

by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers | Read by Erin Bennett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers has devoted much of her adult life to restoring and preserving New York City's Central Park according to designer Frederick Olmstead's vision. Narrator Erin Bennett's rich voice is clear and expressive, with a lively pacing that maintains the listener's attention even when Rogers goes deep into the weeds of the history of Central Park. Rogers charms rich... Read More

SHARP

SHARP The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

by Michelle Dean | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The 10 women writers Bernadette Dunne brings to life in this provocative audiobook share a quality women are thought to dislike: All of them relished expressing strong opinions in print, regardless of whether they would hurt feelings or invite retaliation. A sisterhood this is not; none of these women thought of herself as a feminist. Confrontation is a fascinating subject for... Read More

SHE HAS HER MOTHER'S LAUGH

SHE HAS HER MOTHER'S LAUGH The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

by Carl Zimmer | Read by Joe Ochman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you've submitted your DNA to one of the popular ancestry services and would like to increase your ability to interpret the results or are just curious about heredity, biological inheritance, and genetic research, this is the audiobook for you. Narrator Joe Ochman's personable delivery helps listeners become caught up in these accessible explanations of the meaning and... Read More

SPYING ON WHALES

SPYING ON WHALES The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

by Nick Pyenson | Read by Nick Pyenson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Nick Pyenson, the Smithsonian's curator of fossil marine mammals, is fascinated by whales--not only the massive ones living in our oceans but also the smaller prehistoric land whales that once lived in what is now India. Pyenson's narration often bubbles with excitement. When he takes listeners on a tour of a whale bone vault, he finds delight in the waxy oil smell. His voice... Read More

TAMING THE SUN

TAMING THE SUN Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet

by Varun Sivaram | Read by Barry Abrams

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Think of the world of 2050. It could be a polluted world of droughts, floods, and heat waves. It could also be a solar world, with carbon emissions stored or used in industry. Varun Sivaram, a senior adviser to Los Angeles' mayor, reviews the hurdles in both policy and the technology itself as he offers glimpses of a brighter solar future. Narrator Barry Abrams captures the... Read More

TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW

TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Jaron Lanier | Read by Oilver Wyman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Oliver Wyman brings his full complement of vocalizations to this polemic on social media and what it is doing to us. His cadence and delivery are spot-on, and his modulation of tone is especially effective when delivering the recurrent exhortation: "Delete your accounts." Author Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality and longtime Silicon Valley guru, has created a... Read More

THIS IDEA IS BRILLIANT

THIS IDEA IS BRILLIANT Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know

by John Brockman [Ed.] | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Charles Constant

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook consists of 206 short essays by just as many authors on important but neglected scientific ideas: memes such as Navier-Stokes equations, confirmation bias, surreal numbers, and so many more, covering a great variety of thinkers from antiquity to the Middle Ages and to modern times. Charles Constant presents those from the male contributors, and Cassandra Campbell... Read More

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back

by Ken Ilgunas | Read by Andrew Eiden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Andrew Eiden gives this utopian audiobook a focused and remarkably convincing reading. Eiden's tone is spot-on, and his reading is thoughtful overall. He lets listeners immerse themselves in a work that celebrates walking and promotes the idea that trespassing is as American as property rights. The author's mission is to tear down the notion that "good fences make good... Read More

THRILLING CITIES

THRILLING CITIES

by Ian Fleming | Read by Barnaby Edwards

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Barnaby Edwards narrates Ian Fleming's travel pieces with the right accent (upper-class Brit), cadence (breezy), and timbre (Fleming-esque). His stylized emulation of the famed creator of James Bond gives this audiobook an authentic feeling. Fleming's global peregrinations in 1959 and 1960 for the LONDON TIMES reveal his sharp-edged observations, patrician tastes, and... Read More

TYRANT

TYRANT Shakespeare on Politics

by Stephen Greenblatt | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Stephen Greenblatt is not only a Shakespeare scholar who teaches at Harvard but also a key figure among literary theorists who view fiction in its historical context. But when narrator Edoardo Ballerini opens this audiobook by asking, "How is it possible for a whole country to fall into the hands of a tyrant?", it's clear the subject is not Elizabethan England. Greenblatt's... Read More

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

UPON FURTHER REVIEW The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

by Mike Pesca | Read by Mike Pesca, Shira Springer, Peter Thomas Fornatale, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Lindbergh, and a Full Cast

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Mike Pesca assembles a cadre of "what-if?" questions from the sports world. Malcolm Gladwell starts things off with a cerebral foreword, which precedes more than 30 stories written in varying styles. Some are potentially history altering--such as Mary Pilon's "What If Title IX Never Was?"--some are thought provoking and creative--such as Jonathan Hock's "What If Jerry... Read More

THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY

THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY Dispatches from the Forgotten America

by Sarah Kendzior | Read by Sarah Kendzior

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sarah Kendzior narrates her essays from the past several years, political critiques of American labor, power, and injustice, in this powerful audiobook. While the title invokes the American Midwest, and portions of the audiobook are written directly from that perspective, the overall theme of social injustice is not exclusive to that region. Actions often thought to be pillars... Read More

WAR ON PEACE

WAR ON PEACE The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

by Ronan Farrow | Read by Ronan Farrow

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This timely audiobook is a warning: Because of deep cuts to the State Department and the change in the current administration's focus concerning diplomacy, the United States is facing a crisis regarding its global power. Written by the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Public Service, the audiobook draws on interviews with diplomats to make its case. Ronan Farrow also narrates... Read More

THE WEATHER DETECTIVE

THE WEATHER DETECTIVE Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs

by Peter Wohlleben, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook will inspire you to go out into your garden and look at it closely, with new understanding. Wohlleben's tour of the natural world just outside your door is given a genial and avuncular narration by Brit Nicholas Guy Smith. As Wohlleben (THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES) explores the secrets and seasons of the garden--from which plants can predict rain to which wildlife,... Read More

WHAT THE EYES DON'T SEE

WHAT THE EYES DON'T SEE A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

by Mona Hanna-Attisha | Read by Mona Hanna-Attisha

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Pediatrician Hanna-Attisha presents a personal story of Flint, Michigan, as it deals with its health crisis, which began in 2014. Her narration is just as pivotal and profound as her book's content. There is a nurturing passionate and faintly humorous side to Dr. Mona's spoken words. The shock of what is occurring in the city--high levels of lead in the water--is evident from... Read More

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

by Francine Prose | Read by Allyson Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In the follow-up to her bestseller, READING LIKE A WRITER, author and critic Francine Prose recommends some of her favorite literary works. Narrator Allyson Johnson perfectly evokes Prose's conversational tone. Some of these essays have been published before and some not. A handful of classic novels are covered, as well as lesser-known works and authors. Throughout her... Read More

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson | Read by Michael Eric Dyson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy met with influential African-Americans, including James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Harry Belafonte, and others from various walks of life, to discuss civil rights issues. Here Michael Eric Dyson weaves together the original icons, along with contemporary figures such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Jay-Z, to... Read More

WHITE FRAGILITY

WHITE FRAGILITY Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson [Fore.] | Read by Amy Landon

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller in print, is instructive, informational, and clear. The author provides an introduction to the social phenomenon called "white fragility," in particular its discomforts and pushback. As part of the discussion, she explains various racial terms and their history. Narrator Amy Landon's objective tone allows the audiobook to speak for... Read More

YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED

YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back

by Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever | Read by Alex Salkever

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Coauthor Alex Salkever narrates this timely audiobook in an uninflected manner. While he's far from a dramatic reader, his earnest style suits the seriousness of the issues he raises. He is convincing. The authors share their personal stories, each in a kind of mea culpa for what inspired this project: email addiction leading to failing health for Wadhwa and a near... Read More

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