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ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD

ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD

by Karen Raney | Read by Rebekkah Ross, Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Rebekkah Ross and Gabra Zackman create a memorable portrait of 16-year-old Maddy, who delights in classical music, animation, and her family and friends, but who has been diagnosed with cancer. In a sweet and intelligent tone, Ross captures Maddy's efforts to live in the present moment and her ability to revel in her strong bond with her supportive mother, Eve; her... Read More

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

by Jami Attenberg | Read by Thérèse Plummer

HMH Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Thérèse Plummer depicts every degree of anger, confusion, sorrow, and regret in this dramatic story of a dysfunctional family on the day of the death of the family patriarch. Listeners will be spellbound by Plummer's impressive skill in evoking the unrelenting outpouring of emotion throughout this highly charged and fast-paced audiobook. She creates penetrating... Read More

BABY, YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE

BABY, YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE Stories

by Kevin Wilson | Read by Kirby Heyborne, Johanna Parker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kirby Heyborne and Johanna Parker alternate narrating these stories about the emotional and sometimes difficult relationship between parents and their children. It's a curious and sometimes comical collection, and both narrators skillfully take on the challenge of performing the variety of characters. Heyborne handles both the humor and gravitas with care and confidence. Parker... Read More

THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO

THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO

by Christy Lefteri | Read by Art Malik

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A harrowing story of Syrian war refugees is strikingly rendered in narrator Art Malik's deep, resonant tones. Nuri and Afra, a married couple who endure a devastating tragedy, are in the process of building new lives beyond the horrors of war. Malik's voice is gentle and soothing when appropriate and harsh and biting when necessary. He maneuvers through suspenseful moments and... Read More

BERTA ISLA

BERTA ISLA

by Javier Marías | Read by Frankie Corzo, Bruce Mann

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook offers an unusual juxtaposition of momentum and inertia. Both Frankie Corzo and Bruce Mann deliver narrations that are forceful and well delivered. Their voices have a bold quality and a lyrical accent that suit the novel well. While there is a barely restrained air about their energetic readings, the plot of this unusual spy novel lurches between minute... Read More

BLUE BOY

BLUE BOY

by Rakesh Satyal | Read by Vikas Adam

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Vikas Adam is an experienced narrator who often voices South Asian-themed titles with a vigor that helps them shine. This coming-of-age novel is no exception. Adam becomes Kiran Sharma, a first-generation Indian-American immigrant son who disappoints his parents and some of his teachers and friends. Adam infuses Kiran with the poignancy of a teenager struggling to be himself... Read More

THE BOOK CHARMER

THE BOOK CHARMER Dove Pond, Book 1

by Karen Hawkins | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Amanda Ronconi, Sebastian York

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three narrators team up to perform this sweet contemporary small-town story. Amanda Ronconi delivers the chapters that focus on local librarian Sarah, who is determined to save her Southern hometown, Dove Pond, from irreversible decline. Grace, portrayed by Tavia Gilbert, has temporarily relocated to the area in an effort to help her found family: an aging foster mother and an... Read More

BREATHE IN, CASH OUT

BREATHE IN, CASH OUT

by Madeleine Henry | Read by Caitlin Davies

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Caitlin Davies brings a wry sense of humor to Allegra, a.k.a. April Ludgate, whose life is severely out of balance, contradicting the yogi lifestyle the Wall Street banking analyst desperately wants. Davies's tone is crisp and fast as Allegra battles rage and sleep deprivation in her determination to remain employed among frat boys and robotic women until year-end... Read More

CANTORAS

CANTORAS

Earphones Award Winner

by Carolina De Robertis | Read by Carolina De Robertis

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carolina De Robertis is author and narrator of this historical novel about prohibited love during the 1970s in Uruguay. Fans of literary fiction will applaud her decision to narrate since she captures the lyricism of her prose with style and grace. Those seeking new voices in world literature will be delighted to discover her tender, careful treatment of her five female... Read More

THE CARER

THE CARER

by Deborah Moggach | Read by Patience Tomlinson

Bolinda | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners who appreciate a well-crafted, character-driven novel will value this story illuminating family relationships, presented by the accomplished narrator Patience Tomlinson. Each of the five major characters is well portrayed. We come to understand James, the elderly ex-professor who needs help with everyday living, along with his middle-aged children, who are emotionally... Read More

CELESTIAL BODIES

CELESTIAL BODIES

by Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth [Trans.] | Read by Laurence Bouvard

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Through narrator Laurence Bouvard's varied performance, listeners are treated to a family saga and a history of the development of Oman. Mayya, Asma, and Khawla are three sisters whose lives and concerns are vividly brought to life by Bouvard. She is a talented female narrator who is up for the challenge of depicting these very different women with distinct personalities.... Read More

COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER

COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Ondaatje | Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

At first listen, Dion Graham's narration of this historical novel about jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, originally published in 1996, sounds breathy and at times overly dramatic. But he's just warming up. As the colorful details of the cornet player's life unfold, Graham cranks up the story's intense moments to great effect, while dialing the mood down with hushed tones and slower... Read More

COSTALEGRE

COSTALEGRE

by Courtney Maum | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Frankie Corzo narrates this moving story of a daughter's yearning and estrangement. In 1937, wealthy and capricious Leonora Calaway transports a cadre of reviled artists--"degenerates"--to a remote resort in Mexico to protect them from Hitler's persecution. Bearing witness to this unconventional lifestyle is Lara, Leonora's 15-year-old daughter, who chronicles life in... Read More

COUNTRY

COUNTRY

by Michael Hughes | Read by Michael Hughes

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Actor and writer Michael Hughes presents this vivid and audacious reimagining of THE ILIAD with a musical brogue that puts the listener squarely in Ireland. The story is set in the North in 1996 during the cease-fire on the eve of peace talks. "The Troubles" provide the backdrop for the Homeric plot and give this story of violence, ancient animosities, and endless rebellion a... Read More

THE DEAD WANDER IN THE DESERT

THE DEAD WANDER IN THE DESERT

by Rollan Seisenbayev, John Farndon [Trans.], Olga Nakston [Trans.] | Read by Neil Shah

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Neil Shah creates a unique, insistent persona for Kakharman, a Kazak fisherman who is fighting to protect his village's source of sustenance. This is a timely tale of national and personal conflict over bodies of water. Shah's narration is steady and constant, bringing us closer to the harsh realities of life for this fisherman and his fellow villagers in what, for... Read More

THE DEARLY BELOVED

THE DEARLY BELOVED

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Wall | Read by Kathy Keane

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kathy Keane invites listeners along as seminarians Charles and James meet Lily, an avowed and potentially unlikable atheist, and Nan, who is gentle and supportive. These are the women they believe are destined to be their partners in life. Relationships between the characters are developed slowly, letting listeners get to know them. Keane especially draws listeners in... Read More

DEATH IS HARD WORK

DEATH IS HARD WORK

by Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price [Trans.] | Read by Neil Shah

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Neil Shah gives an eloquently unadorned narration of this modern quest novel, set in Syria. On his deathbed, Abdel asks his eldest son, Bolbol, to return his body to his ancestral burial ground. The journey is not far, yet it traverses the most dangerous part of the war-ravaged country. Bolbol enlists the help of his criminally suspect brother, Hussein, and his flighty sister,... Read More

DOMINICANA

DOMINICANA

Earphones Award Winner

by Angie Cruz | Read by Coral Pena

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Set in the 1960s, this audiobook introduces Ana, a 15-year-old new bride whose mercurial husband brings her to America. Coral Pena's strong delivery is a breath of fresh air--her depiction of Ana blends confidence and naïveté as the protagonist makes her way from her home in the Dominican Republic to New York, from a simple life to a complicated one. Pena is a master of accents... Read More

A DOOR IN THE EARTH

A DOOR IN THE EARTH

by Amy Waldman | Read by Roxanne Hope Radja

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Parveen, the protagonist in this audiobook, is a newly minted college graduate eager to make a difference. Inspired by a flawed American philanthropist, she takes her idealism to the land of her birth: Afghanistan. Roxanne Radja's narration is an understated one. Her voice is consistently gentle and calm, exuding a steadying influence even as characters in the novel endure... Read More

DOXOLOGY

DOXOLOGY

by Nell Zink | Read by Eileen Stevens

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Eileen Stevens's youthfully vibrant narration perfectly complements this audiobook, set in the New York independent music scene of the 1990s. The audio format suits Zink's inventive language, which is beautifully delivered by Stevens. Her gift for characterization is evident in her nuanced portrayals of a trio of friends--Joe, Daniel, and Pam--who form a lasting bond after... Read More

THE DUTCH HOUSE

THE DUTCH HOUSE

by Ann Patchett | Read by Tom Hanks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tom Hanks narrates this novel about Danny and Maeve, and their beloved childhood home, The Dutch House, with a restraint that admirably captures the writing's surface calm and buried tension. Set in 1950s Philadelphia, Patchett's first book since COMMONWEALTH feels as timeless as a fairy story, and is, in fact, satisfyingly full of classic tropes--grand house, distant father,... Read More

EVERYTHING INSIDE

EVERYTHING INSIDE Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Edwidge Danticat | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Robin Miles's luminous narration will make converts of those who usually abstain from the short story genre. She does not overdo or overemphasize any moment. Her voice has a quiet lushness that suits the carefully curated prose of acclaimed Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat. With subtle alterations in her intonation, pitch, and inflection, Miles creates haunting... Read More

FIND ME

FIND ME Call Me By Your Name, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by André Aciman | Read by Michael Stuhlbarg

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Michael Stuhlbarg's rough, raspy voice lends a whispery intimacy to this sequel to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. That book focused on 17-year-old Elio's relationship with Oliver, a graduate student. This sequel focuses first on Sami, Elio's father. It's 10 years later. Sami is on a train to Rome to visit Elio, now a world-famous concert pianist, when he finds himself drawn to... Read More

FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU

FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU

by Daniel Robinson | Read by Dane Petersen

Daniel Robinson | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Dane Petersen captures the occasional pleasurable moments and more frequent sadness of Russell Horvath's life as depicted in this novel. Horvath is a budding L.A. screenwriter with an embarrassing secret, he uses food--particularly fast food--to calm himself when he's stressed or insecure. Petersen's Horvath is considerate and self-deprecating when his often... Read More

FRANKISSSTEIN

FRANKISSSTEIN A Love Story

by Jeanette Winterson | Read by John Sackville, Perdita Weeks

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators John Sackville and Perdita Weeks expertly deliver the two timeframes of this inventive novel. Winterson imagines what might happen when humans are supplanted by a variety of man-made replacements, the arrival of which is closer than many of us think. Weeks portrays nineteenth-century author Mary Shelley, a woman ahead of her time with her story of the tragically... Read More

THE GHOST CLAUSE

THE GHOST CLAUSE

by Howard Norman | Read by Jim Meskimen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is a ghost story and a mystery and several kinds of love story. It has something for everyone, including those who just want a solid narration of a solid novel. There is only one ghost, who narrates, and the mystery is not the true heart of the story. Narrator Jim Meskimen keeps all the themes and characters in balance, so when we realize that the real subject of... Read More

THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO

THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO

by Christine Féret-Fleury | Read by Stephanie Racine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Stephanie Racine instills an enthusiastic tone of wonder at the transformative quality of books in this tale with a beautiful dreamlike quality. Juliette loves creating stories about the strangers who read on the Paris metro. A deviation from her normal route leads her to a bookstore, and to owner Soliman and his precocious daughter. Juliette falls into the role of a... Read More

GOODNIGHT STRANGER

GOODNIGHT STRANGER

by Miciah Bay Gault | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A small island off Cape Cod is the backdrop for this audio psychological suspense. Lydia and Lucas have been living a secluded existence, keeping alive the memory of their triplet brother, who died in infancy. When a mysterious stranger arrives and integrates himself into the siblings' lives, it soon transpires that all is not as it seems. Lisa Flanagan narrates with... Read More

THE GRAMMARIANS

THE GRAMMARIANS

by Cathleen Schine | Read by Hillary Huber

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry. It's also a love letter to the English language. Twins Laurel and Daphne have spent a lifetime together enjoying (really, worshipping) the English... Read More

GRAND UNION

GRAND UNION Stories

by Zadie Smith | Read by Zadie Smith, Doc Brown

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Zadie Smith, who narrates the first and last of the 19 stories in her collection, vividly explores people's complex lives. This audiobook includes published pieces from THE NEW YORKER as well as new works. Smith's low pitch and English accent make this work sound calm and literary--as if she is narrating to a familiar audience. Doc Brown's narration of the other 17 stories is... Read More

GRAVITY IS THE THING

GRAVITY IS THE THING

by Jaclyn Moriarty | Read by Aimee Horne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In a smart-alecky tone mixed with genuine heart, narrator Aimee Horne nails the character of Abigail Sorenson. Abigail is a single mother in her mid-30s running a café in Sydney after leaving her law practice. She is a satirical and sharp observer of the absurd with a witty turn of phrase, but she also holds her losses close--a cheating husband and the unsolved disappearance of... Read More

THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

by Dan Mooney | Read by Aiden Kelly

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Aiden Kelly takes listeners into the Hilltop Nursing Home, where curmudgeonly widower Joel Monroe is unhappily living out his last years. Kelly injects Joel's voice with anger, especially when he's railing against the people he resents for taking his independence away. Kelly expertly injects secondary characters with unique voices, bringing their personalities to life.... Read More

GUN ISLAND

GUN ISLAND

by Amitav Ghosh | Read by Sagar Arya

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With the melodic cadence of South Asian-accented English, Sagar Arya narrates this mystical novel about a rare book dealer embarking on a journey that involves multiple continents. Deen Datta follows the threads of an ancient Bengali legend, barely remembered from his childhood, from New York to India, Venice, and the site of an ancient shrine in a remote place called Gun... Read More

HUNTER'S MOON

HUNTER'S MOON A Novel in Stories

by Philip Caputo | Read by Alex Hyde-White

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Veteran character actor Alex Hyde-White delivers just the right down-to-earth Midwest tone in these seven interconnected short stories. They examine the lives of a small group of friends who grew up in the 1960s, went to war, returned, started families and businesses--and suddenly it's twilight, time to look back on their lives. There is a tough realism to these tales of... Read More

INLAND

INLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Téa Obreht | Read by Anna Chlumsky, Edoardo Ballerini, Euan Morton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A dynamic pair, Anna Chlumsky and Edoardo Ballerini, deliver an emotionally rich performance of this intricately woven story steeped in the Western frontier. Haunted by their pasts, Nora and Lurie do what they can to survive in the desolation of the Arizona Territory. Lurie's chapters unfold in the first person, and Edoardo Ballerini's deep, gravelly voice and purposeful... Read More

KING OF THE MISSISSIPPI

KING OF THE MISSISSIPPI

by Mike Freedman | Read by Jeremy Bobb

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This extremely funny audiobook highlights the tension that arises when a job interviewer believes that an applicant is unqualified--only to discover that his colleagues disagree and have hired the "incompetent." The resulting ego-driven competition set in the cutthroat world of business consulting is captured flawlessly by narrator Jeremy Bobb. Bobb recognizes that Freedman's... Read More

THE LAST BOOK PARTY

THE LAST BOOK PARTY

by Karen Dukess | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jesse Vilinsky's dramatic narration reveals a young woman's transformation during a summer spent with a group of writers on Cape Cod. Vilinsky's high tones and pacing bring out aspiring writer Eve Rosen's naïveté and her fascination with illustrious writer Henry Grey and his peers. Although some of the characters aren't fully distinguishable in the beginning, Vilinsky quickly... Read More

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES

by Kristan Higgins | Read by Barbara Caruso, Dion Graham, Suzy Jackson, Xe Sands

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Barbara Caruso, Suzy Jackson, Dion Graham, and Xe Sands provide a delightful narration that leaves listeners wondering if they've stumbled into a friend's family squabble. As a child, Emma London was left to be raised by her blue-blooded grandmother, handbag magnate Genevieve London, who ultimately abandoned her when she became a teenage mother. Now, two decades later, Emma is... Read More

LIFELINES

LIFELINES

by Heidi Diehl | Read by Christa Lewis

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This appealing audiobook offers a new view of timeless concepts. As narrator Christa Lewis recounts the lives of Louise and her extended family members, the impact of time, art, and history echo through this novel. When a funeral reunites people long separated, the past is explored alongside the present. There is something welcoming in the broad expanse of human... Read More

LIVE A LITTLE

LIVE A LITTLE

by Howard Jacobson | Read by Allan Corduner

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Allan Corduner superbly narrates this wryly humorous and deftly observed audiobook featuring two 90-something characters, Beryl and Shimi. Beryl is a challenging woman with a domineering and abrasive manner; she refers to her caregivers as Euphoria and Nastya. Corduner succeeds in depicting all the facets of her complex character, including her severe memory lapses. The gentle... Read More

LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE

LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE The Central Park Pact, Book 2

by Lauren Layne | Read by Tim Paige, Virginia Rose

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Tim Paige and Virginia Rose pair perfectly for the romantic second installment of the Central Park Pact. Claire, a young widow, is determined to get out of her rut, beginning with the redesign of her home. Enter Scott, a contractor whose heart has been hardened by a cheating ex, cynicism Claire can relate to. Tensions rise, but soon the pair's wariness turns to... Read More

MACHINE

MACHINE

Earphones Award Winner

by Susan Steinberg | Read by Sophie Amoss

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Few narrators are as capable as Sophie Amoss at conveying the singular mix of ennui, angst, bravado, and drama that consume teenage girls. This short audiobook follows an unnamed privileged girl over the course of a pivotal summer at the shore. It's a time when she begins to see the world through more mature eyes. Amoss emphasizes the teen's emotional turmoil as the protagonist... Read More

THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS

THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard C. Morais | Read by Thom Rivera

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Thom Rivera gives this novel an unforgettable performance as he captures the diminishing spirit and dying body of José María lvarez. Rivera's diction is spot-on as he delivers Spanish, American, Swiss, and Indian accents. He powerfully conveys the tortured thoughts of the flawed and complex private banker at the center of this compelling work as he re-creates the... Read More

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

by Sarah Elaine Smith | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kristen Sieh's raspy, level voice adds to the believability of this coming-of-age novel. Cindy is a poor girl living in rural Pennsylvania with her two older brothers. The absence of her mother plays a large part in Cindy's desire to live a different life. After she helps her brother check on his girlfriend's mother, she begins enjoying the woman's misdirected... Read More

METROPOLITAN STORIES

METROPOLITAN STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Christine Coulson | Read by Jill Eikenberry

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jill Eikenberry lends her gentle voice to these subtly humorous short stories of life behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Based in reality, they cross over into fantasy when the art comes to life (literally). Eikenberry gives unique voices to antique chairs discussing their previous lives, muses slipping out of their paintings, custodians from the... Read More

THE MURMUR OF BEES

THE MURMUR OF BEES

by Sofia Segovia, Simon Bruni [Trans.] | Read by Xe Sands, Angelo Di Loreto

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Xe Sands and Angelo Di Loreto narrate a Mexican novel that evokes the magical realism made famous by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. They tenderly tell the story of Simonopio, an abandoned baby who is swarmed by bees before he is found underneath a bridge. Sands and Di Loreto bring to life the men and women of the town, who are amazed the baby survived the bees and the elements.... Read More

NO JUDGMENTS

NO JUDGMENTS

by Meg Cabot | Read by Piper Goodeve

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Piper Goodeve delivers a clear and steady first-person narration of this charming story based on true events. Twenty-five-year-old Bree rescues pets of Little Bridge Island after a hurricane prevents many residents from returning when they planned. Bree accepts help from Drew, her boss's nephew, but is determined not to fall for him after her recent breakup. Goodeve grunts as... Read More

NOTHING TO SEE HERE

NOTHING TO SEE HERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kevin Wilson | Read by Marin Ireland

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Marin Ireland flawlessly introduces listeners to Lillian and Madison, two unlikely friends separated after a boarding school scandal. Years later, on the precipice of a major change, Madison begs Lillian to become her twin step-children's governess. These are special kids: When they become agitated, they spontaneously combust. Drawing from a seemingly endless supply of... Read More

OLIVE, AGAIN

OLIVE, AGAIN Olive Kitteridge, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Strout | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kimberly Farr, who performed Elizabeth Strout's previous Olive Kitteridge novel to fine effect, does it again in this newest examination of Crosby, Maine's, odd and marvelous inhabitants, starting with Olive herself. Awkward, brusque Olive has a beau of sorts, a fellow with a large stomach and large issues. Despite the issues, he makes her feel loved. For more than that, you... Read More

THE OTHER'S GOLD

THE OTHER'S GOLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Ames | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Julia Whelan superbly narrates this story of four friends--South Korean Ji Sun, Southern Margaret, wealthy Alice, and biracial Lainey--who meet as freshmen at an elite New England college. Whelan is exceptionally skilled at conveying dialogue. She creates a distinctive and believable voice for every character, including secondary characters, male and female. Indeed, every... Read More

OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

by Petina Gappah | Read by Nyasha Hatendi, Sibongile Mlambo

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Nyasha Hatendi and Sibongile Mlambo create a rich vocal tapestry for this historical novel. We trace the journey of Africans who are carrying explorer David Livingstone's body across the continent in order to return it to England for burial. Hatendi and Mlambo alternate between the main characters, Jacob and Halima, who make the perilous trip with a retinue of 69 men,... Read More

THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE

THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE

by Susan Wiggs | Read by Khristine Hvam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Gravelly voiced Khristine Hvam brings passion and love to this story of tenacity, perseverance, and hope. Creative clothing designer Caroline Shelby returns home to Oysterville, Washington, after two tragedies in her life: first, the theft of her designs and then, the sudden death of her best friend and model, Angelique Baptiste. With Angelique's two children, Addie and Flick,... Read More

THE PARISIAN

THE PARISIAN

by Isabella Hammad | Read by Fiona Button

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Fiona Button gives a lush interior voice to Midhat Kamal, a Palestinian who studies medicine in France during the Ottoman Empire. Button is a warm narrator throughout this coming-of- age story of a young man and a nation and the turbulent changes they both undergo. Button captures the myriad emotions that Midhat experiences while abroad and when he returns to his... Read More

THE PLUS ONE

THE PLUS ONE

by Sophia Money-Coutts | Read by Sophia Money-Coutts

HarperCollins Publishers Limited | Unabridged
Fiction

Sophia Money-Coutts has written a story so comedic, honest, and relatable that her own lackluster delivery can't bring it down. Polly has a steadily disappointed tone, which rings true for an English entertainment journalist in a life rut. Polly is determined to change this, and when she unleashes her inner romantic, her volume and pace pick up as passion rises. Money-Coutts's... Read More

POLITE SOCIETY

POLITE SOCIETY

by Mahesh Rao | Read by Deepti Gupta

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Deepti Gupta narrates a novel loosely inspired by Jane Austen's EMMA. Beautiful, rich, and more than a little bored, Delhi socialite Ania Khurana is always on the lookout for a new "project" to keep busy. Currently, she is searching for a match for her friend Dimple. Gupta does an excellent job bringing the members of ultrarich Delhi society to life, subtly distinguishing... Read More

A PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS

A PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS

by Ruchika Tomar | Read by Sophie Amoss

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sophie Amoss expertly guides listeners through this audiobook, which begins with two cautions: The chapters are intentionally presented out of order, and the accompanying pdf is important. Listeners who accept these caveats will be rewarded with the haunting story of a small-town young woman who is determined to learn the fate of her only girlfriend, who disappears... Read More

A PURE HEART

A PURE HEART

by Rajia Hassib | Read by Ariana Delawari

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

You can hear the compassion in narrator Ariana Delawari's voice as she tells the story of Rose and Gameela--Egyptian sisters who choose different paths that determine one's life and the other's death. When Gameela is killed by a suicide bomber in Cairo not long after Egypt's revolution, Rose is left reeling with guilt and unanswered questions about Gameela's life after Rose... Read More

QUICHOTTE

QUICHOTTE

by Salman Rushdie | Read by Vikas Adam

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Award-winning narrator Vikas Adam happily jumps from the voice of a Bollywood princess to the mumbles of a fentanyl pharmaceutical rep and the asides of Jiminy Cricket in this giant modern-day fable. The story finds a lovelorn British-Indian Don Quixote and his imaginary son who wants to be real (à la Pinocchio) following their personal quests across an inexhaustible landscape... Read More

RED AT THE BONE

RED AT THE BONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Five talented narrators, including the author, differentiate shifting time periods and three generations of an African-American family. Bahni Turpin aids listeners in understanding the feelings of 16-year-old Melody, who is central to the story. Her caustic comments arise from her mother Iris's infrequent presence. Shayna Small fills in Iris's complexities. She is a teen mother... Read More

REDESIGNING HAPPINESS

REDESIGNING HAPPINESS

by Nita Brooks | Read by Susan Spain

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Brimming with confidence and self-assurance, narrator Susan Spain is a perfect fit for Yvonne, a successful interior designer and single mom ready to bring her talents to television. Then her son's estranged father shows up--giving her second thoughts about her fiancé. High drama ensues, and Spain's optimistic tone accentuates the ups and downs as Yvonne tries to balance having... Read More

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Davidson | Read by Corey Brill

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Corey Brill's conversational tone lures listeners into the story of Jake Baker, a neurosurgeon. Musing about the workings of the brain on his operating table lead him to contemplate secrets in his own past, and an important year in his life. What follows is an exceptional account of Jake's twelfth year in small-town Ontario in the 1980s. Brill excels at portraying the... Read More

THE SECOND-WORST RESTAURANT IN FRANCE

THE SECOND-WORST RESTAURANT IN FRANCE Paul Stewart, Book 2

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Timothy Ackroyd

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Timothy Ackroyd reprises his clever narration in Alexander McCall Smith's second audiobook about the fictional food writer Paul Stewart. Ackroyd smoothly captures the protagonist's wit and reveals his angst in the verbal equivalent of thought bubbles. His spot-on imitations of French-inflected English from the many local characters give color to this comic novel. His measured... Read More

THE SNAKES

THE SNAKES

Earphones Award Winner

by Sadie Jones | Read by Imogen Church

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Imogen Church's performance of Jones's audiobook is a master class in characterization. Listeners will be drawn in both by the compelling story of family, virtue, and greed and by Church's ability to achieve the sound of a full-cast production all by herself. The story involves Bea and Dan, a British couple who dip into their meager savings to take a vacation. Their first stop... Read More

A SONG FOR A NEW DAY

A SONG FOR A NEW DAY

by Sarah Pinsker | Read by Dylan Moore, Nicol Zanzarella

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Dylan Moore and Nicol Zanzarella team up to offer differing views of a near-future world in which true human connections are scarce. Luce, portrayed by Zanzarella, is an up-and-coming musician on the cusp of fame when her career is shattered by bombings, deadly viruses, and a worldwide wave of terror. Rosemary, portrayed by Moore, grew up after the cataclysms in a... Read More

STAY AND FIGHT

STAY AND FIGHT

by Madeline ffitch | Read by Sophie Amoss, Bailey Carr

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Sophie Amoss and Bailey Carr use the hard "r's" and round vowels of Appalachian Ohio as they tell the story of Helen, a lost soul who fell in love with the wrong man and the idea of living off the land. Now Helen is all alone, and her simple, sad story as depicted by the narrators evokes empathy that lets the listener experience her situation. Neighbors Karen and Lily... Read More

THE SUMMER GUESTS

THE SUMMER GUESTS

by Mary Alice Monroe | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell provides listeners with a full range of accents, emotions, and inflections for characters who span the globe in this audiobook about horses, family, and friendship. In North Carolina in 2018 during a hurricane, guests and their horses converge in the hills to escape the storm. While there, emotions run high, secrets are revealed, and lives are... Read More

SUMMER OF '69

SUMMER OF '69

by Elin Hilderbrand | Read by Erin Bennett

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Erin Bennett's narration captures each major character in this novel featuring five females in the same family. During the fateful summer of 1969, major events occur in the nation, and each character is uniquely affected. Whether she's voicing the oldest, grandmother and matriarch Exalta, or the youngest, 13-year-old Jessie, Bennett deftly delivers the emotions of that era. One... Read More

SUMMERLINGS

SUMMERLINGS

by Lisa Howorth | Read by Michael Crouch

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is for fans of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Mick Kelly, and other stories of kids and adventures--some frivolous and some perilous and tragic. Narrator Michael Crouch captures the spirit of the novel by providing just the right level of enthusiasm for the characters, who include three pals and a tomboy, Ukrainian émigrés, and a possible Nazi sympathizer. The story... Read More

A SUPERIOR SPECTRE

A SUPERIOR SPECTRE

by Angela Meyer | Read by Paul English, Eloise Oxer

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Paul English and Eloise Oxer bring the past and future together in this genre-bending novel, which spans centuries. Oxer's smooth pacing and use of a Scottish accent transport listeners to 1860s Edinburgh. There, Leonora feels haunted by a lustful man named Jeff, portrayed by English, who inhabits her mind and watches her everyday life using an advanced piece of... Read More

THE SWALLOWS

THE SWALLOWS

by Lisa Lutz | Read by Michael Crouch, Lisa Flanagan, Abby Elliott, Ari Fliakos, Johnny Heller

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This contemporary novel, performed by an ensemble cast, focuses on the #MeToo movement and sexual bullying in a Vermont boarding school. The story is told from the perspectives of four characters: teachers Alex Witt (portrayed by Lisa Flanagan) and Finn Ford (Ari Fliakos) and students Gemma (Abby Elliot) and Norman (Michael Crouch). When new teacher Alex discovers that the boys... Read More

TAINA

TAINA

Earphones Award Winner

by Ernesto Quiñonez | Read by Daniel José Molina

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Daniel José Molina's affectionate interpretation of Quiñonez's novel rings with truth. Quiñonez should be on everyone's list of authors to know. In his riveting portrait of contemporary life in the projects of Spanish Harlem, he creates distinctive, indelible characters. Fifteen-year-old Taina Flores is pregnant. She claims she's a virgin. Her mother believes her.... Read More

THE TESTAMENTS

THE TESTAMENTS The Handmaid's Tale, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Margaret Atwood | Read by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, Margaret Atwood

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Bear witness to the secretive lives of Gilead's women 15 years after THE HANDMAID'S TALE's conclusion. Narrator Ann Dowd, known for her role on the television adaptation, is formidable as Aunt Lydia. Hearing her resonant narration of diary entries allows listeners to feel the horror of early Gilead, be disturbed by the aunt's complicity, and discover her secrets. Bryce Dallas... Read More

THAT'S WHAT FRENEMIES ARE FOR

THAT'S WHAT FRENEMIES ARE FOR

by Sophie Littlefield, Lauren Gershell | Read by Allyson Ryan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Allyson Ryan impressively navigates the variety of New York characters and accents in this social commentary about the wealthy elite. As Julia, Ryan connects to listeners directly, creating an intimate feeling of conversation. Trendsetter Julia worries that her status is slipping among the fierce moms of the Upper East Side. She plots a way back to the top of her social ladder... Read More

THEN SINGS MY SOUL

THEN SINGS MY SOUL

by Amy K. Sorrells | Read by Natasha Soudek

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners travel from 1904 Chudniv, Ukraine, to 1994 South Haven, Michigan, through narrator Natasha Soudek's honeyed voice. Jakob lives a long life, having survived horrific pogroms at age 5, along with his 14-year-old brother, Peter. They escape to America, where he continued his family's craft of carving jewels and stones. When his daughter, Nel, a jewelry designer, comes... Read More

THERE YOU ARE

THERE YOU ARE

by Mathea Morais | Read by Brandon Johnson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Brandon Johnson delivers a vibrant portrait of 1980s-1990s St. Louis in this audiobook. The story centers on the interracial relationship between teenagers Octavian and Mina. Years later, each returns home and must confront their sorrows--Octavian has lost his mother to cancer and his brother to drugs, and Mina has reckoned with much instability. Johnson nails the... Read More

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE

by Katherine Center | Read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this charming listen, narrator Therese Plummer portrays Cassie Hanwell--a confident, talented firefighter whose solitary life is upended when her estranged mother asks her to relocate to Boston. Though she is less than enthusiastic about the move, the timing is perfect, as life in Houston has hit some personal and professional bumps. As Cassie tries to fit in at an all-male... Read More

THIS TENDER LAND

THIS TENDER LAND

Earphones Award Winner

by William Kent Krueger | Read by Scott Brick

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Krueger himself introduces and closes this modern-day ODYSSEY, which also serves as a wink at Huck Finn. Narrator Scott Brick brings the story to life as the voice of Odie, an old man who reflects upon his childhood in Minnesota and the life-changing year of 1932. Four children escape, via canoe, from the notorious Lincoln School, a boarding school for Native Americans. Brick... Read More

TRUTH, BY OMISSION

TRUTH, BY OMISSION

by Daniel Beamish | Read by Dion Graham

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham's powerful narration of this beautifully written story of unconditional love and redemption will move listeners. When refugee Alfred Olyontombo left war-torn Rwanda for France and then the U.S., seeking to bury his past, he never thought it would come back to haunt him. More than 16 years later, his worst nightmare finally catches up with him. Graham's voice and... Read More

THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP

THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP

by H.G. Parry | Read by Calum Gittins

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

New Zealand native Calum Gittins portrays a host of characters in this mash-up of classic and contemporary literature. Charlie, a "summoner" who has the power to read objects and people out of books, is voiced in a soft and often frazzled tone that sometimes reaches an excited pace. Charlie's older brother, Rob, has a thicker New Zealand accent and a stern voice that gives way... Read More

WHERE WE COME FROM

WHERE WE COME FROM

by Oscar Cásares | Read by Yareli Arizmendi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Yareli Arizmendi is the sassy voice of Nina, a single woman living in a border town in Texas. Arizmendi sets a quick pace and a smooth cadence for a story about family, belonging, and government encroachment. She provides authentic pronunciations of the Spanish words that are liberally sprinkled throughout the chapters. Orly, Nina's tween godson, comes to spend the... Read More

THE WORST KIND OF WANT

THE WORST KIND OF WANT

by Liska Jacobs | Read by Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Hillary Huber never gives into the temptation to soften the edges of Priscilla, a prickly 40-something producer. Listeners may initially feel impatient with Priscilla's focus on beauty, and her belief that women become less appealing as they age. Nonetheless, Huber never rushes Priscilla's more serious reveals as she paces the story to suit the growing tension.... Read More

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