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ALL UP

ALL UP

Earphones Award Winner

by J.W. Rinzler | Read by Paul Woodson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Paul Woodson's rapid-fire delivery of this nail-biting work of speculative fiction follows the race to develop rockets and space exploration by way of WWII and Hitler's rise to power. Woodson deftly navigates a melting pot of accents--often within the same scene--to depict major aerospace engineers Wernher von Braun from Germany, Sergei Korolev from Soviet Russia, and the... Read More

THE ARCHER

THE ARCHER

by Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa [Trans.] | Read by Vikas Adam

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Vikas Adam employs a measured narration to convey the wisdom of this audiobook. A boy leads a stranger to Tetsuya, a local carpenter who the stranger alleges is a gifted former archer. After the stranger challenges Tetsuya to a competition, Tetsuya provides lessons to the boy that cover more than "the way of the bow." In effect, these lessons can be seen as a metaphor... Read More

ARNOLD FALLS

ARNOLD FALLS

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlie Suisman | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Charles Suisman | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie doesn't miss a beat presenting the quirky town of Arnold Falls (named after Benedict Arnold), in the Hudson Valley, New York. Its lovably eccentric residents and the author's charming writing are enhanced by MacDuffie's sublime delivery. Listeners meet Jeebie Walker, a gay 40-something New York City transplant, and his wide circle of friends.... Read More

AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK

AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK

by David Diop, Anna Moschovakis [Trans.] | Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham's haunting narration reveals the heartbreaking costs paid by soldiers who experience the horror of trench warfare. Alfa is a "Chocolat," a Senegalese man fighting for the French in WWI alongside his childhood friend, Mademba. When Mademba dies under impossibly painful circumstances, Graham channels Alfa's enormous grief and subsequent descent into madness as every... Read More

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2020

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2020

Earphones Award Winner

by Curtis Sittenfeld, Heidi Pitlor [Eds.] | Read by Curtis Sittenfeld [Intro.], Soneela Nankani, Peter Ganim, Robert Petkoff, Kevin T. Collins, et al.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

This varied collection of short stories, selected by author Curtis Sittenfeld, includes works from authors T.C. Boyle, Mary Gaitskill, Elizabeth McCracken, and others, all of which originally appeared in publications ranging from THE NEW YORKER to MCSWEENEY'S. Sittenfeld herself provides an extensive introduction to the audio collection, describing her criteria for selecting... Read More

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME

by Julia Claiborne Johnson | Read by David Aaron Baker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Finding the perfect combination of good-hearted ease, innocence, and high spirits, narrator David Aaron Baker has a wonderful time giving voice to Ward--a down-on-his-luck, Ivy-League-educated cowpoke who finds himself in Reno, Nevada, in Depression-era 1938. He is working at the Flying Leap Dude Ranch, which caters exclusively to well-heeled women waiting for their speedy... Read More

BLACK BUCK

BLACK BUCK

Earphones Award Winner

by Mateo Askaripour | Read by Zeno Robinson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

What if, one day, a spontaneous decision plucked you from obscurity and challenged you to pursue a whole new life? In this audiobook, Darren provides his account of that exact experience. Zeno Robinson's narration is outstanding--he sounds likable and real, with the warm voice of a friend and the brisk pacing of an effective leader. When Darren leaves his barista job for a... Read More

BOY

BOY

by Brent Van Staalduinen | Read by James Fouhey

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

In a steady, measured voice, narrator James Fouhey presents the challenging circumstances faced by Boy (so named after Boy George) Cornelius McVeigh, a Canadian 18-year-old in his last year of high school. Boy contends with a difficult family life. His sister died in a car crash, his father is incarcerated, and his alcoholic mother and her boyfriend neglect his baby brother.... Read More

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlie Mackesy | Read by Charlie Mackesy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author and narrator Charlie Mackesy presents a heartwarming performance of an unlikely group of friends as they converse about life, hope, fear, and kindness while exploring the world around them. Delicate music and real wildlife sounds transform this audiobook into a meditative and therapeutic experience, which more than makes up for missing the illustrations in the print... Read More

CAUL BABY

CAUL BABY

by Morgan Jerkins | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Joniece Abbot-Pratt's sweet voice and vibrant characterizations entice listeners into this first novel by bestselling writer Morgan Jerkins. Known for her memoirs and essays, Jerkins here blends magical realism and a story about the challenges faced by contemporary Black women. Harlem's Melancon women survive by selling pieces of their life-giving caul to white people... Read More

THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

by Jamie Harrison | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jane Oppenheimer's narration is thoughtful and appropriate in this story about memories and family. Polly has recently had an accident resulting in short-term memory issues. Trying to regain her independence, she begins to analyze what she remembers. Bouncing between past and current events, listeners will wonder along with her what is real and what has been imagined. In... Read More

THE CHICKEN SISTERS

THE CHICKEN SISTERS

by KJ Dell'Antonia | Read by Xe Sands, Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Xe Sands and Cassandra Campbell deliver a story told from the alternating perspectives of two sisters who work at feuding fried chicken restaurants. Amanda, who works for Frannie's, has a timid and kind nature that is reflected in Campbell's warm, soft tones. Older sister May, who is helping her mother run Mimi's chicken restaurant, is voiced confidently by Sands.... Read More

CLIFF FALLS

CLIFF FALLS The Missing Pieces Edition

by C.B. Shiepe | Read by Santino Fontana

Cliff Falls Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Santino Fontana delivers the powerful story of Clay Grant, a child star who has been in hiding since a mysterious fire took place on a Hollywood studio back lot 15 years earlier. Haunted by his past and the exploitive handler who hunts him, Clay seeks refuge in the town of Cliff Falls in the hope of finding peace at last with a pastor's family. Fontana's narration... Read More

THE COYOTE WAY

THE COYOTE WAY Vanished Series, Book 3

by B.B. Griffith | Read by Paul L. Coffey, Kirsten Leigh, Ryan Jordan McCarthy, Stina Nielsen

Griffith Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Paul L. Coffey, Kirsten Leigh, Ryan Jordan McCarthy, and Stina Nielsen return to narrate the third in The Vanished series. It's been several years since Grant, who is now a teenager, found the mystical bell. He and his guardians continue to look for the rogue dark spirit that has escaped into our world, not knowing that is exactly what he hopes will happen. As with the previous... Read More

CROSSHAIRS

CROSSHAIRS

by Catherine Hernandez | Read by Catherine Hernandez

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Catherine Hernandez narrates her own work, set in a dystopian Canada. As fascism arises, people of color, disabled people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are sent to labor camps. When Kay loses her gig as a drag queen, she doesn't realize that one day she will use a gun to fight for her freedom. Hernandez uses a strong voice and dramatic pacing to elevate her work,... Read More

DETRANSITION, BABY

DETRANSITION, BABY

by Torrey Peters | Read by Renata Friedman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Renata Friedman narrates this messy, smart, and bighearted debut with a beautifully light touch. The story follows three women caught up in the complicated task of redefining family for themselves: Reese, a trans woman who let go of her dream of motherhood when her relationship imploded; Ames, Reese's ex, who is now living as a man, and Katrina, Ames's girlfriend. These... Read More

THE DIVINE BOYS

THE DIVINE BOYS

by Laura Restrepo, Carolina De Robertis [Trans.] | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo ramps up the tension in this literary crime story based on a true account. Five male friends in Bogotá, Colombia, bond over drink, drugs, and women. When one of them, Muñeco, crosses the line by torturing and raping a child, their loyalty to one another is tested. De Ocampo skillfully creates a haunting atmosphere as he relays the intense emotions of... Read More

THE DIVINES

THE DIVINES

by Ellie Eaton | Read by Imogen Church

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Imogen Church's nuanced narration builds a sense of mystery as she portrays Josephine, a journalist whose work and journey into motherhood have her reckoning with her past. She refers to "the scandal" often while recalling her adolescence at St. John the Divine, an elite English boarding school. Josephine's unraveling comes to a head at an alumni event, where listeners get the... Read More

DOGS GET TEN LIVES

DOGS GET TEN LIVES One Dog's Journey of Self Discovery

by Edward J. McFadden III | Read by Jack de Golia

Trident Audiobooks | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jack de Golia's friendly, engaging voice brings a childlike quality to canine Luna's story as she tells her mate about her nine previous lives. There's warmth in de Golia's voice as Luna recalls beloved human companions and then sadness and anxiety as her previous selves adjust to changes in the humans' lives. Her experience as a street dog, teaming up with another dog... Read More

THE DROWNING KIND

THE DROWNING KIND

by Jennifer McMahon | Read by Joy Osmanski, Imani Jade Powers

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Joy Osmanski and Imani Jade Powers shine in this haunting novel. Osmanski voices the story of Jax, a social worker who is distanced from her complicated family history in 2019. When her sister reaches out during a manic episode and then winds up dead, Jax knows there is more to the story. Jax's contemporary story alternates with the 1929 story of Ethel Monroe, voiced... Read More

EARTHEATER

EARTHEATER

by Dolores Reyes, Julia Sanches {Trans.] | Read by Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Frankie Corzo brings her velvety voice to this Argentinian story featuring a character who has visions of violence that has taken place against women. As a child, Eartheater discovers that her desire to consume earth is matched by an ability to magically see into the lives of others. After alarming her school by revealing her teacher's grisly death, she's expelled, and... Read More

EVENING

EVENING

by Nessa Rapoport | Read by Erin Moon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Erin Moon shares her talents in an audiobook revolving around a woman's misconceptions about her family members. After her older sister, Tam, dies from cancer, 35-year-old Eve returns home to the city she couldn't wait to escape. Each day, as the family sits shiva, Eve discovers more about her sister's secrets and works through her changing view of their relationship.... Read More

THE FABERGE SECRET

THE FABERGE SECRET

by Charles Belfoure | Read by Nancy Peterson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nancy Peterson impeccably delivers the multiple accents required for this novel covering the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. Set in St. Petersburg, in 1903, the fictional account follows Prince Dimitri Markhov; his vindictive wife, Lara; Czar Nicholas II, and Czarina Alexandra. The plot illuminates Prince Dimitri's awakening to the filth and poverty of the... Read More

FIFTY IN REVERSE

FIFTY IN REVERSE

by Bill Flanagan | Read by Michael Crouch

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Who has not stared at a darkened bedroom ceiling and fantasized about what they would do if they could live life over? To the hero of this audiobook, Peter Wyatt, this is a reality. One day, the 65-year-old man wakes up in the body of himself at age 15 in 1970. Narrator Michael Crouch sounds like a desperate yet earnest teenager who is equipped with decades of knowledge of... Read More

THE FOREVER GIRL

THE FOREVER GIRL The Wildstone Series, Book 6

by Jill Shalvis | Read by Erin Mallon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Four estranged friends reunite as one of them is about to get married, and narrator Erin Mallon brings the listener on the emotional journey that ensues. The bride, Cat, persuades Maze, Heather, and Walker to spend the week. Mallon gives each a distinct voice that allows listeners to easily follow along. The youngest, Heather, has a light voice. The pacing quickens as Cat's... Read More

THE FORGER'S DAUGHTER

THE FORGER'S DAUGHTER

by Bradford Morrow | Read by Christina Delaine, Phil Thron

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The dual narration of this audiobook is unique in that both characters are voicing the same character, Will, a forger being extorted into doing a special job. At first, it might take the listener aback, but it does not mar the performance as both voices are woven seamlessly into the story. When Will's wife, Meghan, speaks, Christina Delaine shapes her voice with appropriate... Read More

FORTNIGHT ON MAXWELL STREET

FORTNIGHT ON MAXWELL STREET

Earphones Award Winner

by David Kerns | Read by Doug MacKechnie

David Kerns | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Doug MacKechnie introduces Nick Weissman and his Northwestern University medical school classmates, who spend two weeks in 1968 working for the Chicago Maternity Clinic. Listeners will be awed and shocked as Weissman and a midwife journey around one of Chicago's most dangerous areas to deliver babies for the very poor. They use kitchen tables, newspapers, sheets, and... Read More

THE FORTUNATE ONES

THE FORTUNATE ONES

by Ed Tarkington | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator MacLeod Andrews's subtle Southern accent and gentle cadence help establish the Nashville setting of this coming-of-age story. It's about what happens when Charlie, who was raised on the wrong side of the tracks, is given the opportunity to attend a prestigious private high school. After he and his single mother move into their benefactor's pool house, the teen gets an... Read More

THE FOUR WINDS

THE FOUR WINDS

by Kristin Hannah | Read by Julia Whelan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan brings vivid characterizations to Kristin Hannah's bestselling saga about the 1930s Dust Bowl, as told from a woman's perspective. Elsa Wolcott is tall, gangly, unloved by her family, and trapped in a spinster's life in a Texas Panhandle town when an encounter with handsome Rafe Martinelli leads to a shotgun wedding. Life on the Martinelli farm offers... Read More

GOOD COMPANY

GOOD COMPANY

by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney | Read by Marin Ireland

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Marin Ireland expertly shares the story of two couples through the ups and downs of their complex, long-standing friendship. The Good Company of the title is a theater group that three of the four friends were active in. It could also refer to the value of long-term, intertwined relationships as their dynamics shift. Ireland serves as a sympathetic narrator and... Read More

HARLEM

HARLEM

by Eric Jerome Dickey | Read by JD Jackson

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Fiction

JD Jackson portrays a character named Harlem without overdramatizing the violence and brutality of his life. This subtle approach works. Harlem is a killer who is locked up in a mental hospital. It's strangely compelling to hear his cruel crimes described in such casual--or even sometimes wronged--tones. Jackson's rough-hewn voice is very appropriate. There's nothing soft about... Read More

HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE

HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Cherie Jones | Read by Danielle Vitalis

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Set in Barbados, a paradise to all but those who live there, this audiobook captures the mythical qualities of Jones's debut novel. Narrator Danielle Vitalis's slow, dreamlike performance is perfect for the tragic story of Lala, a hair-braider; Adan, her husband, a sadistic, small-time crook; Mira, who once lived on the island; and Peter, the white man she married. Mira and... Read More

THE INFINITE BLACKTOP

THE INFINITE BLACKTOP Claire DeWitt, Book 3

by Sara Gran | Read by Madeleine Maby

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Claire DeWitt is a private eye like no other, and narrator Madeleine Maby embraces her feisty personality. Three subplots covering three time frames make up DeWitt's latest story. In the present, someone has just tried to kill her and may try again. In flashbacks to her childhood, listeners learn how she came to be a detective. And in the middle, linking the two, DeWitt solves... Read More

INSIDE JOBS

INSIDE JOBS Tales from a Time of Quarantine

by Ben H. Winters | Read by Scott Aieloo, Kevin T. Collins, Ellen Archer

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble cast cleverly captures the details of coping with COVID-19, particularly the irritations of being confined at home. Of the stories, "Crimson Parrot" is the standout as narrator Scott Aiello introduces Mafia boss Mickey "Thumbs" DeGraw, who struggles during Zoom meetings with his less technologically adept henchmen, Sal "Jughead" Vincent and "Wheels" McIlvenny. Their... Read More

JUDGE'S GIRLS

JUDGE'S GIRLS

by Sharina Harris | Read by Theresa Buchheister, Lori Gardner, Machelle Williams

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

A stellar narration by Theresa Buchheister, Lori Gardner, and Machelle Williams transcends this deeply emotional story of mutual support after a loved one passes away. The late Judge Donaldson designates three women in his family to divide his assets--if they agree to live together at the family lake house. Once they move in, resentment ensues between Jeanie, Donaldson's second... Read More

THE KINDEST LIE

THE KINDEST LIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Nancy Johnson | Read by Shayna Small

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Shayna Small's sumptuous voice and on-the-mark character portrayals enhance this beautiful story, rich with themes of familial bonds, reconciliation, and racial prejudice. Ruth Tuttle, a successful engineer living in Chicago, returns to her hometown in search of the child she was forced to give up for adoption as a teenager. She finds much more. Small's lush voice is... Read More

LANDSLIDE

LANDSLIDE

by Susan Conley | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this fine audiobook, Jill Archer refers to her two teenage sons as "wolves"--restless, often snappish, constantly hungry. Narrator Rebecca Lowman's performance is a strong one; her calm delivery bridges the gaps between Jill's philosophical patience and emotional frayed ends as she tries to care for the men in her life. When her husband is injured on a fishing boat and taken... Read More

THE LIAR'S DICTIONARY

THE LIAR'S DICTIONARY

Earphones Award Winner

by Eley Williams | Read by Kristen Atherton, Jon Glover

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Words, their meanings and sounds, their actual and implied associations, and, in particular, their sometimes fraudulent appearance in dictionaries, provide the fuel for Williams's dazzling first novel, its imagination and wit here expertly enhanced for the ear. Kristen Atherton and Jon Glover, two highly talented narrators, alternate chapters. Each of the 26 is titled... Read More

THE LOST SHTETL

THE LOST SHTETL

by Max Gross | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook starts with a fairly light tone as a marital crisis leads to the abrupt rediscovery of a small Jewish town in Poland. Kreskol has fallen out of history, missing the last century, or more. But as history and modernity force themselves on its inhabitants, including the Holocaust and the continuing reality of anti-Semitism, the story gradually gets darker. Narrator... Read More

A MILLION AUNTIES

A MILLION AUNTIES

by Alecia McKenzie | Read by Karl O'Brian Williams, Robin Miles

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Robin Miles and Karl O'Brian Williams alternate the chapters of McKenzie's novel. A New York-based artist named Chris travels to his mother's Jamaican hometown after a personal tragedy and gets to know the people there. Miles affects a light Caribbean accent for the narrative and employs a heavier one for the Jamaican characters' dialogue. She convincingly conveys the... Read More

MY BRILLIANT LIFE

MY BRILLIANT LIFE

by Ae-ran Kim, Chi-Young Kim [Trans.] | Read by Raymond J. Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kim's beautifully written novel is exquisitely brought to life by Raymond J. Lee's performance. He embodies the voice of 16-year-old Areum, who, as a victim of progeria (premature aging), lives an isolated life with humor, compassion, and a love of stories. As Areum, Lee speaks directly to the listener, sharing stories of "the world's youngest parents of the world's oldest... Read More

MY YEAR ABROAD

MY YEAR ABROAD

by Chang-rae Lee | Read by Lawrence Kao

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tiller is a 20-something who is lost in the world when he meets a single mother, Val, and her son at an airport. Narrator Lawrence Kao is a wonderful voice for this complex novel, which takes listeners on emotional and physical journeys. Kao captures Tiller's dislocation and gentleness throughout this story of a mismatched couple who are hiding from secrets in their very... Read More

NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED

NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED

by Simon Han | Read by James Chen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator James Chen transports listeners to a quiet Dallas suburb in Han's literary fiction debut. Patty and Liang Cheng came to the U.S. from China and achieved the American dream in a short time. But several misunderstandings caused by their daughter, Annabel, suddenly turn their lives upside down. Chen's voice is smooth and pleasant--his speed and rhythm jibe with the... Read More

NORA

NORA

by Nuala O'Connor | Read by Jenn McGuirk

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This formidable fictional biography recounts the life of Nora Barnacle, the wife and long-term companion of writer James Joyce. Jenn McGuirk narrates this comprehensive examination of their passionate love affair and presents a compelling portrait of the life of the writer's wife over five decades. McGuirk portrays Nora as calm, determined, and pragmatic. Nora is without... Read More

ONE FOR THE ROAD

ONE FOR THE ROAD

by Mary Ellis | Read by Amanda Ronconi

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

In this audiobook, Jill Curtis has driven to Roseville, Kentucky, to write a travel article about the bourbon tourism industry. Jill and her videographer have arranged to stay in the B&B owned by Jill's estranged distant cousin, who is married to Roger Clark, owner of Black Creek Distillery. On her second day in Roseville, Jill sneaks into Black Creek, only to discover the body... Read More

THE ORCHARD

THE ORCHARD

by David Hopen | Read by Micky Shiloah

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listening to this lengthy coming-of-age novel requires focus, resolve, and a minimal knowledge of sacred Jewish texts and customs. Ari, a teen from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, moves to an Orthodox community in Florida The title of the story comes from a Talmudic myth, which follows four rabbis into an orchard, where they see God and are forever altered,... Read More

THE PARIS LIBRARY

THE PARIS LIBRARY

by Janet Skeslien Charles | Read by Nicky Diss, Sarah Feathers, Esther Wane

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three narrators present a little-known story about the American Library in Paris during the Nazi occupation. The two main characters are a precocious preteen named Lily, who lives in Montana in 1983, and a librarian named Odile, who lives in Paris in 1939. Narrator Nicky Diss presents a sunny, high-spirited Lily, who is passionate about books and in love with the Dewey Decimal... Read More

THE PERFECT NINE

THE PERFECT NINE The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o | Read by Benjamin A. Onyango

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Benjamin A. Onyango narrates this poetic origin story of the Gikuyu people of Kenya in a knowing tone that resonates. This mythical tale, rendered in musical verse, defies genre. Onyango inhabits Ngugi, the chronicler of the story of Gikuyu and Mumbi, who become the mothers of the 10 Gikuyu clans. This tale of adventure and creation depicts clashes with ogres and epic... Read More

THE PORTRAIT

THE PORTRAIT

by Ilaria Bernardini | Read by Justine Eyre

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Justine Eyre narrates this intriguing audiobook about two women who share a love for the same man. When he suffers a stroke and is lying in a coma in his London mansion, Valeria Costas, an author known for using details of her own life in her short stories, tries to get closer to him by commissioning his artist wife, Isla, to paint her portrait. As Valeria becomes increasingly... Read More

THE PROPHETS

THE PROPHETS

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Jones, Jr. | Read by Karen Chilton

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Karen Chilton's stunning performance increases the power of this important debut novel about the far-reaching effects of the love between two male slaves on a Mississippi plantation. In chapters named for books of the Bible, this audiobook exposes the myriad perspectives of slaves and masters, detailing moments of almost unimaginable brutality, hopelessness, and fear... Read More

PROVIDENCE

PROVIDENCE

by Caroline Kepnes | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An explosive and original blend of supernatural horror and romance is performed by a trio of narrators--MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, and Paul Michael.Jon Bronson is a shy and awkward early teen growing up in a small New Hampshire town. His only friends are a hamster named Pedro and a girl named Chloe. On the way home from school, Jon is kidnapped by a former teacher and... Read More

THE RICHARD JACKSON SAGA, VOLUME 1

THE RICHARD JACKSON SAGA, VOLUME 1 The Richard Jackson Saga, Book 1-2

Earphones Award Winner

by Ed Nelson | Read by Fred Berman

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Fred Berman masterfully presents this diary-style look at the fantastical life of 14-year-old Ricky Jackson. Listeners join him as he hitchhikes round trip between Ohio and California in 1958. En route, he stops armed robbers, wins a rodeo, finds gold, meets Elvis and John Wayne--all realistically rendered--while maintaining an endearingly modest demeanor. Mum Jackson's wry... Read More

RISE AND SHINE

RISE AND SHINE

by Patrick Allington | Read by Humphrey Bower

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Humphrey Bower is the glue that keeps this work of speculative fiction together. After an apocalypse, an endless war breaks out. The population that remains finds literal sustenance in witnessing daily news footage of the fighting. There are a plethora of moments when a leader and his right-hand man verbally spar. In these moments, Bower is at his best. The raspy,... Read More

ROXANNE IN LA LA LAND

ROXANNE IN LA LA LAND

by L.A. DeVaul | Read by Stephanie Gould

WiDo Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

If you're starved for audio fiction featuring a unique and interesting young person, consider listening to the musings of Roxanne Donally--aspiring actress, sales clerk, and recent arrival to L.A. Narrator Stephanie Gould nails Roxanne's gawky, witty internal dialogue. Although the new-girl-in-Hollywood setup is well-worn territory, Roxanne is a true original. Her observations... Read More

THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Deesha Philyaw | Read by Janina Edwards

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Janina Edwards masterfully performs this collection of short stories featuring Black women who, though they differ in age and context, struggle with loneliness, sexual connection, and the ever-present and contradictory lessons of the church. Edwards's soft, gentle voice gives power to the prose, which explores love, sexuality, self-acceptance, and family in... Read More

SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL

SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL A Collection of Outlander Fiction

by Diana Gabaldon | Read by Robert Ian MacKenzie, Allan Scott-Douglas, Davina Porter, Jeff Woodman, Diana Gabaldon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Top-notch narrators create distinctive voices for these short stories by Diana Gabaldon, two new and five reissued, all of which complement the Outlander series. Fans will be familiar with the main characters. Jeff Woodman voices Lord John Grey with refined masculinity as he survives a high-society party and the wild Canadian frontier. Narrating "The Space Between," Davina... Read More

SINS OF THE BEES

SINS OF THE BEES

by Anne Lampman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell's thoughtful, sensitive voice is a good choice for this introspective novel about a troubled 20-year-old pregnant woman in search of identity--and answers to a troubling mystery. Silva, newly abandoned by the death of her grandfather, leaves his isolated Washington island in search of the grandmother she has never known. In Hell's Canyon she is... Read More

SOME HELL

SOME HELL

by Patrick Nathan | Read by Graham Halstead

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Graham Halstead offers compelling portrayals of the unreliable teen and his mother who are at the center of Patrick Nathan's novel. By keeping a steady and deliberate pace, Halstead finds a path through the melodramatic plot, which could be a difficult listen--or a difficult read in print. Colin's world overflows with dangerous male figures--from his suicidal father to... Read More

SUMMERWATER

SUMMERWATER

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Moss | Read by Morven Christie

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Morven Christie's limpid, Scottish-inflected voice and gentle, enticing tone combine to lure listeners into Sarah Moss's astonishing seventh novel as effectively as mermaids tempt sailors into the sea. Set in a Scottish holiday camp over the course of a long, rainy day, the novel comprises a series of linked vignettes. Mostly moored inside their cabins, the camp's inhabitants... Read More

THE SUN COLLECTIVE

THE SUN COLLECTIVE

by Charles Baxter | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Bronson Pinchot adds a comic tone and an arched eyebrow to celebrated novelist Charles Baxter's latest fictional critique of contemporary society and politics. Retired Minneapolis engineer Harry Brettigan is searching for his lost son, Tim, who may be homeless. At the same time, Harry worries about America and President Thorkelson's erratic and disturbing behavior.... Read More

SUPER HOST

SUPER HOST

by Kate Russo | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan infuses divorced, formerly successful artist Bennett Driscoll with all the bathos of a deeply depressed 50-something man in a midlife crisis. Bennett rents out his large home through AirBed and is an AirBed "Super Host." His renters--and his affair with a much younger bartender, Claire--become the catalysts for his recovery. Whelan fully develops New... Read More

THE TASTE OF SUGAR

THE TASTE OF SUGAR

by Marisel Vera | Read by Kyla García

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kyla García highlights the mistreatment of Puerto Rican farmers during the Spanish-American War in this tense audiobook. When the Puerto Ricans who were devastated by a hurricane in 1899 migrated to Hawaii in hope of a new life, they didn't expect to be treated inhospitably. García commendably portrays the characters with laid-back pacing. As Vicente Vega, she shows... Read More

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

by Sophie Cousens | Read by Hannah Arterton

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Hannah Arterton's vocal range enhances every emotion in this clever rom-com--even the deep groan that punctuates the strained conversation as two women talk through birthing pains. Quinn and Mini are born minutes apart, but only Quinn has the distinction of being the first baby born in London in 1990. Mini grows up hating Quinn, but the two don't meet until a chance... Read More

A THOUSAND SHIPS

A THOUSAND SHIPS

by Natalie Haynes | Read by Natalie Haynes

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook retells the events of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. "How much epic poetry does the world really need?" the muse Calliope wonders in the opening chapter. She is exasperated by the endless barrage of male poets and their tales of glorious battles. What follows is a collection of wonderfully creative feminist stories, written and narrated by... Read More

THE TRANSATLANTIC BOOK CLUB

THE TRANSATLANTIC BOOK CLUB Finfarran Peninsula, Book 4

by Felicity Hayes-McCoy | Read by Marcella Riordan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Whether you're already a fan or this is your first visit to Ireland's Finfarran Peninsula, you are in for a listening treat. Narrator Marcella Riordan gives the characters in this audiobook charming Irish brogues. She moves smoothly from the past to the present and from Finfarran to the small American town of Resolve, where descendants of Finfarran expats still reside. Pat,... Read More

WE COULD BE HEROES

WE COULD BE HEROES

by Mike Chen | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller expertly narrates this fast-paced story about friendship, memory, and the murky nature of good and evil. Jamie and Zoe are sworn enemies: Zoe uses her superhuman powers to help people; Jamie uses his ability to manipulate other people's memories to rob banks. But neither of them can remember their pasts. When they form an alliance to recover their missing... Read More

WHAT HAPPENS AT NIGHT

WHAT HAPPENS AT NIGHT

by Peter Cameron | Read by Christopher Lane

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Christopher Lane's bleak tone highlights the melancholy and tension in Peter Cameron's disquieting novel. A couple known only as "the man" and "the woman" travel to Iceland to meet their adoptive son. As they acclimate to the unusual Borgarfjaroasysla Grand Imperial Hotel, bizarre experiences disorient and provoke the couple. Lane adeptly captures their vulnerability... Read More

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS The Devil Wears Prada, Book 3

by Lauren Weisberger | Read by Laura Benanti

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Laura Benanti narrates this audiobook featuring everyone's favorite fashion assistant, Emily Charlton, from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Seemingly superficial Emily is now a celebrity image consultant--except that she's losing momentum in her career. When former supermodel Karolina is charged with DUI, Emily agrees to represent her in the hope they'll both make a comeback. Benanti... Read More

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Jesse Eisenberg | Read by Kaitlyn Dever, Jesse Eisenberg, Finn Wolfhard

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Writer, director, and Oscar-nominated performer Jesse Eisenberg (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) brings his trademark intensity to this sharp and evocative story of an emotionally lost family in search of itself. Presenting three monologues, Eisenberg leads off as a father who is overwhelmed by the birth of a son. Finn Wolfhard (STRANGER THINGS) portrays the son, who is encountering all... Read More

YOUR STORY, MY STORY

YOUR STORY, MY STORY

by Connie Palmen, Eileen J. Stevens {Trans.], Anna Asbury [Trans.] | Read by Guy Mott

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Hearing Guy Mott narrate this heartrending stream-of-consciousness novel is like witnessing Ted Hughes, the poet himself, rising from the dead and disclosing his version of his legendary marriage to American poet Sylvia Plath. Mott's Ted speaks in a clear English accent, which shows traces of Ted's Yorkshire upbringing. The tone is confessional. The mood evoked is one of... Read More

ZIKORA

ZIKORA A Short Story

Earphones Award Winner

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by Adepero Oduye

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When the titular Zikora, a high-powered Nigerian lawyer in DC, finds she is pregnant at age 39, her equally high-powered lawyer boyfriend, Kwame, promptly leaves her, and Zikora's mother comes to help out. The multitalented actress, director, singer, and writer Adepero Oduye provides an outstanding Nigerian-accented narration, charting Zikora's thoughts and feelings surrounding... Read More

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