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ACTS OF FORGIVENESS

ACTS OF FORGIVENESS

by Maura Cheeks | Read by Jade Wheeler

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jade Wheeler warmly draws listeners into this thought-provoking literary debut. The U.S. has elected its first female president, who signs the Forgiveness Act. To provide reparations for slavery, $175,000 is awarded to individuals who can prove they are descendants of enslaved people. The story explores varying viewpoints on the program and its possible implications.... Read More

THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCOOL & OTHER IRISH FOLK TALES

THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCOOL & OTHER IRISH FOLK TALES

by Liam Gerrard [Ed.] | Read by Liam Gerrard

Raconteurs Audio | Unabridged
Classics

With his fancy-free tone and a charming Irish lilt, Liam Gerrard has a great time reading this entertaining collection of classic Irish folktales, tall tales, and poems. All are centered on the larger-than-life exploits of the ancient clan leader, seer, and poet Finn MacCool. Finn is credited with building the Giant's Causeway, marauding with Druids, and eating the Salmon of... Read More

AFTER ANNIE

AFTER ANNIE

by Anna Quindlen | Read by Gilli Messer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Gilli Messer delivers a tender, emotional performance of a family in grief in this contemporary novel. When vibrant and funny Annie Brown suddenly dies, her young family struggles to adapt to life without her. Messer's pleasant, expressive voice lends itself well to the Brown family, as well as their friends, and neighbors; she portrays children, adults, and the elderly with... Read More

AFTER THE FOREST

AFTER THE FOREST

by Kell Woods | Read by Esther Wane

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

What happens after the fairy tale is not always a happy ending. Esther Wane narrates this bewitching extension to the tale of Hansel and Gretel, set in seventeenth-century Germany. Wane's range of character accents brings a magical essence to the story. Fifteen years after they escaped the witch in the gingerbread house, Hans and Greta are having a hard time surviving.... Read More

AFTERMATH

AFTERMATH Expeditionary Force, Book 16

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Alanson | Read by R.C. Bray

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

R.C. Bray narrates the fast-paced sixteenth entry in the Expeditionary Force series. Army soldier Joe Bishop is all but retired, making his two-star general duties pretty much nonexistent. His current assignment is a punishment for all the shenanigans he's pulled--even though he saved the world. But everything is thrown into chaos when an attempt to activate a Sentinel leads to... Read More

AFTERSHOCK

AFTERSHOCK

by Zhang Ling, Shelly Bryant [Trans.] | Read by Angela Lin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Angela Lin's restrained pace and understated delivery channel the heartrending emotion of this literary family saga. In the devastating Tangshan earthquake of 1976, a seven-year-old girl, Xiaodeng, becomes separated from her twin brother, Xiaoda, and their mother, Li Yuanni. Xiaodeng, who grows up to become a successful writer in Canada thirty years later, continues to... Read More

AGAIN AND AGAIN

AGAIN AND AGAIN

by Jonathan Evison | Read by Robert Fass

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Robert Fass narrates this intriguing novel about one man's journey through his many lives. Eugene Miles is an elderly curmudgeon living in a retirement community in California. He is befriended by a housekeeper named Angel, to whom he recounts the tales of his past incarnations as a street urchin in medieval Spain, an explorer with the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Oscar... Read More

AIRPLANE MODE

AIRPLANE MODE An Irreverent History of Travel

by Shahnaz Habib | Read by Deepa Samuel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Deepa Samuel reads crisply and does well with the various languages in this globe-spanning audiobook. Her carefully articulated style makes this history/memoir with travel stories vivid. The author, a Muslim Indian woman now living in Brooklyn, brings a unique point of view to this "irreverent history of travel." As a woman of color, she has experienced what she describes as... Read More

ALEBRIJES

ALEBRIJES

by Donna Barba Higuera | Read by Cisco Fernandez, Frankie Corzo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Cisco Fernandez narrates this futuristic dystopian audiobook with an appropriately childlike reverence for the story's gravity. Leandro is a member of the Cascabeles, a Spanish-speaking group that is oppressed by the Pocatelans, the ruling class. When Leandro's sister is caught stealing fruit, Leandro takes the fall and ends up having his essence placed inside an ancient bird... Read More

ALL IN HER HEAD

ALL IN HER HEAD The Truth and Lies Early Medicine Taught Us About Women's Bodies and Why It Matters Today

by Elizabeth Comen | Read by Anna Caputo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Anna Caputo uses a blend of authority and compassion to deliver oncologist Elizabeth Comen's accounts of the ineffective and even harmful medical treatment given to women over four centuries. Comen's hands-on experience and extensive research inform her narrative of doctors' gross misunderstandings of women's bodies. Caputo delivers startling stories of bizarre treatments that... Read More

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS A Novel of Lady Macbeth

Earphones Award Winner

by Joel H. Morris | Read by Angus King, Ell Potter

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This moving audiobook imagining Lady Macbeth's early life receives extraordinary narrations by Angus King and Ell Potter. Ten years before the events of Shakespeare's play, "The Lady," at 15, is forced to marry the brutish Mormaer of Moray. They have a son, "The Boy," who displeases his sadistic father. Macbeth kills Moray in battle, occupies his castle, then falls in love with... Read More

ALL THE WAYS WE LIED

ALL THE WAYS WE LIED

by Aida Zilelian | Read by Vaneh Assadourian

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Vaneh Assadourian delivers this novel about a dysfunctional Armenian American family in a knowing style and understanding tone. She adroitly captures the clipped angry tone of the indomitable harridan Takouhi, matriarch and mother of three daughters. Author Zilelian presents the three daughters' struggles. Kohar, the eldest, had trouble with fertility; Lucine's husband takes... Read More

ALL THE WORLD BESIDE

ALL THE WORLD BESIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Garrard Conley | Read by Pete Cross, Garrard Conley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Pete Cross performs this debut novel of a star-crossed love affair between minister Nathaniel Whitfield and physician Arthur Lyman in Puritan New England. As his congregation whispers about his relationship with Arthur and their wives begin to suspect what's going on behind closed doors, Nathaniel prays for an "Awakening" but fears his love for Arthur has brought God's... Read More

ALPHABETICAL DIARIES

ALPHABETICAL DIARIES

by Sheila Heti | Read by Kate Berlant

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sheila Heti's latest meditative work comes alive with Kate Berlant's expressive narration. This compilation has an unusual conceit: Heti chose sentences from 10 years of her journal-keeping and then organized them according to the first letter of the first word of each sentence. Consistent themes emerge, including romantic entanglements, financial struggles, writing joys and... Read More

ALWAYS REMEMBER

ALWAYS REMEMBER Ravenswood, Book 3

by Mary Balogh | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor breathes life into the romance between Ben Ellis and Lady Jennifer Arden in England circa 1800. Ben is the bastard son of an earl, and Jennifer is the sister of a duke. Due to a childhood illness, Jennifer is unable to walk, but she is happy and loving nonetheless. Ben and Jennifer encounter each other at a family house party. Landor successfully... Read More

THE AMEN EFFECT

THE AMEN EFFECT Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World

Earphones Award Winner

by Sharon Brous | Read by Sharon Brous

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Rabbi Sharon Brous, the senior rabbi of a Jewish community in Los Angeles, is an accomplished preacher who speaks clearly and quickly. Her fast pace becomes compelling as Rabbi Brous gets into the heart of her book, which rests on this statement that ". . . we who hold a dream of building a different kind of society must begin by building a different kind of community." Rabbi... Read More

THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Maurice Carlos Ruffin | Read by Lynnette R. Freeman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

An inspiring original story gets a five-star narration from Lynnette R. Freeman. Her character voices are so believable this audiobook sounds like a full-cast recording. Sanite and her daughter, Ady, run from the brutality of John du Marche's slave labor camp--also known as a plantation. Separated when Sanite is recaptured, Ady endures hardship alone in the woods. Eventually,... Read More

AN AMERICAN DREAMER

AN AMERICAN DREAMER Life in a Divided Country

by David Finkel | Read by Rob Shapiro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rob Shapiro captures the viewpoint of Brent Cummings, an Iraq War veteran who leads cadets with his moral conviction. Shapiro emphasizes the shock Cummings feels at Donald Trump's election and his worry that his country is falling apart because of the president's divisiveness. Brent's neighbor, Michael, is a man with politically polar opposite views. Shapiro excels at dialogue... Read More

AMERICAN VIKINGS

AMERICAN VIKINGS How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America

by Martyn Whittock | Read by Byron Wagner

Spotify Audiobooks | Unabridged
History

Byron Wagner sounds mostly straightforward as he tells listeners of possible Viking visits along the Canadian and New England coasts. Author Martyn Whittock thoroughly presents the archaeological finds and Norse sagas that raise this possibility. At the same time, he observes how Vikings have landed in the American psyche--whether in the right-wing assertions of groups such as... Read More

THE ANGEL OF INDIAN LAKE

THE ANGEL OF INDIAN LAKE The Indian Lake Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen Graham Jones | Read by Isabella Star LaBlanc, Barbara Crampton, Angela Goethals, Andrew J. Robinson, Stephen Graham Jones, Stephen King

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Horror

In this trilogy, which uses the horror genre to explore generational trauma, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota actor Isabella Star LaBlanc leads an ensemble cast. Listeners return to Proofrock, Idaho, "murder capital of America." Voicing first-person narrator Jade "Slasher Girl" Daniels, LaBlanc walks the knife edge between anguish and rage as the young Blackfeet woman confronts a third... Read More

ANGOLIN

ANGOLIN

by C.E. Taylor | Read by Kerr Lordygan

CamCat Publishing | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Kerr Lordygan narrates a fascinating science fiction tale in which a world hidden for centuries is forced to confront a conquering force. The Hidden Realm of Angolin follows a strict rule of self-imposed isolation until an enemy stirs across the Abyss. Dharmen Tate is a patriot who is struggling with loyalty after discovering a plot to betray Angolin. Lordygan plays with... Read More

ANNA O

ANNA O

Earphones Award Winner

by Matthew Blake | Read by Dan Stevens, Hannah Curtis, Sarah Cullum, Christine Rendel

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hannah Curtis, Sarah Cullum, and Christine Rendel, led by the incomparable Dan Stevens, skillfully deliver this extraordinary twisty novel. One night Anna Ogilvy, a young wannabe writer, inexplicably stabs two people to death while sleepwalking. She hasn't woken up since the crime. Stevens's portrayal of Anna's psychiatrist, Ben, a specialist in sleep-related homicides, carries... Read More

ANNIE BOT

ANNIE BOT

by Sierra Greer | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

At a moment when stories across genres are interrogating how AI and humanity will coexist, Jennifer Jill Araya's performance in this robot-led tale is a standout. Annie is a Cuddle Bunny, a sentient AI in a near-perfect human body designed to meet her owner Doug's every need. But as she reads, learns, and experiences new things, she becomes increasingly aware of her potential... Read More

THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER

THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER

by C.L. Miller | Read by Emilia Fox

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emilia Fox's stylish narration brings Freya and her eccentric Aunt Carol to life as they set out to discover the truth behind the death of their old friend and mentor, Arthur. Their adventure escalates as they find themselves sharing an English manor house with some shady individuals. Fox creates believable characters in both the protagonists, injecting just the right amount of... Read More

ARTIFICIAL CONDITION

ARTIFICIAL CONDITION The Murderbot Diaries 2

by Martha Wells | Read by David Cui Cui, Elena Anderson, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Science Fiction

Talented voice actor David Cui Cui embodies the rogue Murderbot in its second adventure. Elena Anderson embodies the computerized voice of ART, the Research Transport vessel who assists Murderbot. Pretending to be a highly augmented human, Murderbot takes on the private job of protecting a team of humans while heading back to the mining facility where it went rogue, hoping to... Read More

THE ASCENT

THE ASCENT

by Adam Plantinga | Read by Charles Halford, Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The dual narration team of Charles Halford and Christine Lakin keeps this audiobook thriller moving along--actually, straight up, as the title suggests. Kurt, a former cop, is busted on trumped-up charges and finds himself headed to prison. That same day, Julie, the governor's daughter, is set to tour the facility. The day goes horribly wrong, and they end up trapped. Their... Read More

AT THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT

AT THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Friedo Lampe, Simon Beattie [Trans.] | Read by Jot Davies

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

With a flair for dramatic dialogue and intense, unsettling imagery, narrator Jot Davies accentuates the vivid dreamlike qualities of this 1933 novel by the openly gay German author Friedo Lampe. At a river's edge on a single warm summer's evening, a group of characters ranging from sailors to students to lovers and a father-son magic act interact in this early example of magic... Read More

THE ATLAS MANEUVER

THE ATLAS MANEUVER Cotton Malone, Book 18

by Steve Berry | Read by Scott Brick

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this eighteenth entry in Berry's bestselling Cotton Malone series, narrator Scott Brick shepherds the new adventure with perfect pacing and emphasis. A CIA investigation into a stockpile of WWII Japanese gold stashed in Luxembourg's Bank of St. George pushes retired Justice Department operative Malone out of his Copenhagen bookstore and back into action, babysitting the... Read More

THE ATLAS OF US

THE ATLAS OF US

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Dwyer | Read by Alexandra Hunter

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alexandra Hunter narrates this complex exploration of grief with tender sincerity. Atlas James is utterly shattered by the death of her father, the only person she feels ever understood her. After a series of poor decisions, Atlas (newly rechristened "Maps") ends up alongside a group of total strangers in a community service project devoted to rehabilitating the wilderness... Read More

AUGUST WILSON

AUGUST WILSON A Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Patti Hartigan | Read by Dion Graham, Patti Hartigan [Afterword]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This biography of playwright and poet August Wilson contains both narrative and brief passages from some of his plays. Thus, the narrator has to be both storyteller and actor. Dion Graham excels at both. His rich voice carries the biography along nicely, but it is when he recites lines from plays such as FENCES and quotations from figures in Wilson's past that Graham really... Read More

THE BACKYARD BIRD CHRONICLES

THE BACKYARD BIRD CHRONICLES

by Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley [Fore.] | Read by Amy Tan, Evan Sibley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Amy Tan takes up bird watching to counteract the negativity and discord in the world. Tan is a joy to listen to--a charming and warm presence, with a dollop of self-deprecation, as she chronicles her learning journey. She exudes joy and wonder as a hummingbird feeds from her hand. There is anguish when, to avoid spreading a disease among the Pine Siskins, she... Read More

THE BAD ONES

THE BAD ONES

by Melissa Albert | Read by Emma Galvin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emma Galvin's chilling narration will draw listeners into a small town where four people have mysteriously vanished. Teenaged Nora is shocked to discover that her best friend, Becca, is among the missing and has left behind clues for Nora to follow. Galvin is a seasoned narrator with an array of authentically youthful voices that are put to great use as Nora leans on classmates... Read More

THE BAD WEATHER FRIEND

THE BAD WEATHER FRIEND

by Dean Koontz | Read by Ray Chase

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ray Chase performs an unusual story of good versus evil centered on the nicest man in the world. Benny Catspaw is a nice guy who can't hold a negative thought in his head--to his detriment. But then his life starts falling apart, and a large crate arrives containing a seven-foot-tall "bad weather friend." Chase's portrayal suits the jaunty character well, shifting between... Read More

BE A REVOLUTION

BE A REVOLUTION How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the Worldand How You Can, Too

by Ijeoma Oluo | Read by Ijeoma Oluo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Activist Ijeoma Oluo calls upon her years of experience and numerous contacts to assemble this collection of interviews with leaders across the social justice movement. As narrator, her gentle vocal tone does not diminish her steely resolve to call upon each listener to become more involved and to have a greater understanding of the needs of all people. First-person accounts... Read More

BEAUTYLAND

BEAUTYLAND

by Marie-Helene Bertino | Read by Andi Arndt

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Andi Arndt narrates a peculiar and poignant coming-of-age story. Born the same day VOYAGER 1 was launched in 1977, Adina Giorno has always felt different from those around her. Could she be an alien sent to observe life on earth? Arndt's detached tone deftly manages the balancing act required of an omniscient narrator who is sympathetic to Adina's plight while merely an... Read More

BEHIND YOU IS THE SEA

BEHIND YOU IS THE SEA

by Susan Muaddi Darraj | Read by Rasha Zamamiri, Ali Nasser

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ali Nasser and Rasha Zamamiri take turns narrating this novel-in-stories centered on the lives of Palestinian Americans in Baltimore. Nasser takes on the stories from the men's perspectives and Zamamiri from the women's. Both narrators voice characters of various ages, from teenagers to elders, with grace and ease. Zamamiri is especially good at her portrayal of teenage girls.... Read More

BEING BOTH

BEING BOTH Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, 10th Anniversary Edition

by Susan Katz Miller | Read by Susan Katz Miller

Susan Miller | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Susan Katz Miller's enthusiasm for her premise is revealed by the excitement in her voice and her upbeat delivery. She not only believes wholeheartedly in teaching children two religions, she also lived that belief as the child of an interfaith couple back when it was difficult to find any clergy or rabbis to agree to the practice. Miller recounts many interviews with children... Read More

BEING REFLECTED UPON

BEING REFLECTED UPON Penguin Poets

by Alice Notley | Read by Alice Notley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Listening to Alice Notley read her own poetry is rather like visiting her mind. It may take a while to get used to the strange environment, but eventually one adapts and starts to feel comfortable. The poetry still requires attention and investigation, but it is rewarding. Notley's voice is intense and immediate, almost as though she is not reading the poems but improvising... Read More

THE BELOVED

THE BELOVED The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 22

by J.R. Ward | Read by Jim Frangione

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Jim Frangione returns listeners to the vampire world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Living among the unaware humans of Caldwell, New York, the vampires fight against the Lessening Society, which wants to destroy them. Nalla, the grown daughter of the fighter Zsadist, falls in love with Nate, a fighter with a tragic past. As Frangione conveys the passion that sparks... Read More

BERRY SONG

BERRY SONG

Earphones Award Winner

by Michaela Goade | Read by Erin Tripp

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

This ode to the berry-rich land by Tlingit author and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade finds its ideal narrator in Erin Tripp, who is Lingít Deisheetaan. Tripp's skill with the Tlingit language is matched by her feeling for the ebb and flow of Goade's English text. The audiobook opens with a recitation of the many different berries of Sitka, Alaska, in both Lingít and English... Read More

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS A Little Book of Alzheimer's Revelations

by Maggie La Tourelle, Penny Black [Adapt] | Read by Juliet Stevenson, Jane Lapotaire, Johnnie Fiori, Edmund Dehn, Jo Hartland

Peracals Productions | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Listeners will find this audio play impactful. Pat, an elderly mother with Alzheimer's, is being placed in a care home by her daughter, Margaret. Margaret, wonderfully played by Juliet Stevenson, derives a great deal of comfort and spiritual regeneration from this special time with her mother. The two share a troubled past since Pat suffered from depression when her two... Read More

BEVERLY HILLS SPY

BEVERLY HILLS SPY The Double-Agent War Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbor

by Ronald Drabkin | Read by Sam Dewhurst-Phillips

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sam Dewhurst-Phillips's sonorous narration sets the right tone for this true story of Frederick Rutland, a double-dealing British war hero who spied for Japan in the run-up to Pearl Harbor. Like his Hollywood friend Boris Karloff, Rutland was a man who wore many masks. He earned the nickname "Rutland of Jutland" for his heroics during the 1916 Battle of Jutland. His engineering... Read More

A BIG STORM KNOCKED IT OVER

A BIG STORM KNOCKED IT OVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Laurie Colwin | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman was born to narrate Laurie Colwin's transcendent stories, published posthumously in 1993. Lowman's extraordinary performance transports listeners to the charming Manhattan enclave where Colwin's characters continue to enchant. There is a lovely continuity to Colwin's stories, and Lowman's pitch-perfect characterizations and witty delivery of dialogue captures... Read More

BIRDING TO CHANGE THE WORLD

BIRDING TO CHANGE THE WORLD A Memoir

by Trish O'Kane | Read by Cheryl Smith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Cheryl Smith engages listeners with this audiobook, part memoir, part nature and social activism. O'Kane, who spent most of her career as a human rights journalist and social activist, became an "accidental birder" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her life and worldview changed when she began noticing and observing birds outside of her destroyed home in New Orleans.... Read More

BIRDING WITH BENEFITS

BIRDING WITH BENEFITS

by Sarah T. Dubb | Read by Mia Hutchinson-Shaw, Evan Sibley

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Mia Hutchinson-Shaw and Evan Sibley are a winning team in this charming romance. Mom and teacher Celeste is trying to find herself again after a divorce; John is a woodworker hoping to get his idea for a bird-guiding business off the ground. She's a complete newbie to birding, but Celeste agrees to be John's partner in the 42-day Bird Binge competition--and to pose as... Read More

BITS AND PIECES

BITS AND PIECES My Mother, My Brother, and Me

by Whoopi Goldberg | Read by Whoopi Goldberg

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Entertainer Whoopi Goldberg's raspy timbre and amused tone make her the only person appropriate to narrate her memoir. As listeners hear just a trace of a New York City inflection at the ends of some sentences, the story of Goldberg's career is skillfully woven into anecdotes featuring her exceptional mother, Emma Johnson, and her unique older brother, Clyde. Born Caryn... Read More

BITTER CROP

BITTER CROP The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday's Last Year

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Alexander | Read by Maya Days

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Performing this revealing look at the complexities of the revered jazz pioneer Billie Holiday, actress Maya Days connects with every ounce of the brilliance and tragedy of the singer's life. Strategic pauses in Days's phrasing and spot-on dialect for dialogue make her sentences sing with auditory variety. But it's her heartfelt resonance with Holiday's difficult life that makes... Read More

THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX Writing the Race

by Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

What makes Dominic Hoffman such a fine narrator is the clarity of his delivery and his vocal agility. He sounds like he is inside Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s, brilliant mind, and he moves adroitly from the author's knowing perspective to "signifying" in the style of African American folklore. His voice is conversational and his tone thoughtful as he takes the listener from the... Read More

BLIGHT

BLIGHT Fungi and the Coming Pandemic

by Emily Monosson | Read by Rosemary Benson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Rosemary Benson's clear, melodic narration aids the listener in following the myriad threads that Emily Monosson weaves in this fascinating audiobook on fungi. Some fungi are good. But there is also a parade of horribles--such as the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which is decimating bat populations; rusts that have already pushed some chestnut trees into extinction;... Read More

BLISS & BLUNDER

BLISS & BLUNDER

by Victoria Gosling | Read by Catrin Walker-Booth

Spotify Audiobooks | Unabridged
Fiction

Catrin Walker-Booth narrates this contemporary remastering of Arthurian legend with the plights of various women the focus. Arthur is CEO of a successful tech company that has issues with female employees. Gwen, an online influencer with plenty of haters, is his wife; Lance, a veteran, is Arthur's friend and Gwen's lover. Listeners will respond to Arthur's desperation to keep... Read More

BLOOD & STEEL

BLOOD & STEEL The Legends of Thezmarr, Book 1

by Helen Scheuerer | Read by Mollie Stark, Sebastian Grove

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fantasy

Mollie Stark and Sebastian Grove narrate the first in a new fantasy romance series. With only three years until she meets her fated death at age 27, Althea knows time is running out to make her dream of becoming a warrior true--especially when women in her world aren't allowed to hold weapons. Then, an encounter with warrior Wilder Hawthorne provides the opportunity she's... Read More

BLOOD SISTERS

BLOOD SISTERS

by Vanessa Lillie | Read by Carolina Hoyos, Erin Tripp

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two Indigenous narrators deliver a compelling listening experience in this fast-paced thriller. Two Spirit Afro-Indigenous Latine voice-over actor Carolina Hoyos portrays Syd Walker, a Two Spirit Cherokee archaeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Hoyos's deep, raspy voice amplifies Syd's toughness and determination to get to the bottom of the the disappearances of several... Read More

THE BLUE HOUR SANCTION

THE BLUE HOUR SANCTION

by Landon Beach | Read by Suzanne Elise Freeman

Landon Beach | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This engaging audiobook features powerful, proficient women who are facing off in the world of espionage. Who better to bring them to life than Suzanne Freeman, whose performance is filled with self-assurance? This is especially true in the way she voices Adrienne Astra, a former college heptathlete who grows into a confident elite assassin. Adrienne accomplishes this feat in... Read More

THE BOOK OF DOORS

THE BOOK OF DOORS

by Gareth Brown | Read by Miranda Raison

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Miranda Raison performs this magical adventure set on an alternative Earth, where a collection of mysterious books gives special powers to those who possess one of its volumes. When a customer dies in the bookstore where she works, Cassie discovers that he's left her an old, leather-bound work called THE BOOK OF DOORS, which can open almost any door across the world. In... Read More

THE BOOK OF LOVE

THE BOOK OF LOVE

by Kelly Link | Read by January LaVoy

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

January LaVoy performs this epic story of three teenagers who are brought back from the dead just long enough to compete in a mysterious game to see who gets to continue to live. In this debut novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link, characters Laura, Daniel, and Mo find themselves back in Lovesend, Massachusetts, one year after they died. Their families have no memory of... Read More

THE BREAKUP LISTS

THE BREAKUP LISTS

by Adib Khorram | Read by Amin El Gamal

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amin El Gamal's winning performance endears Deaf, queer protagonist Jackson Ghasnavi to listeners. Jackson loves being the stage manager for his high school's theater department. When sweet, handsome Liam from the swim team gets the lead role in the musical, he and Jackson grow closer. The only problem? Jackson's older sister, Jasmine, likes Liam, too. Jasmine has had a string... Read More

THE BREAKUP TOUR

THE BREAKUP TOUR

by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka | Read by Dan Bittner, Brittany Pressley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Brittany Pressley and Dan Bittner take listeners on tour in this second-chance rock-star romance. Riley Wynn went from singer-songwriter to superstar overnight because of her music, all themed around her infamous breakups. Her ex-husband thinks her latest hit is about him when in reality it's about her college boyfriend, Max Harcourt, whom she enlists to go on tour... Read More

BRIDE

BRIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ali Hazelwood | Read by Thérèse Plummer, Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

It begins with a wedding. Thérèse Plummer depicts the politically motivated marriage between tech savvy Misery Lark, daughter of an influential Vampyre councilman, and Lowe Moreland, newly ascended Were Alpha. The nuptials will have to create mutual trust between the lead characters in order for them to find Misery's missing friend, uncover sinister plots, and figure out what... Read More

BROUGHTUPSY

BROUGHTUPSY

by Christina Cooke | Read by Alisha Bailey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Alisha Bailey moves easily between English and Jamaican Patois in this debut novel about grief, family, and coming home. After her younger brother dies, 20-year-old Akúa returns to Jamaica to visit the sister she hasn't seen in years. Longing for reconnection and to make sense of their fraught past, she finds home a lot more complicated than she remembered. The story switches... Read More

BUILDING A TEAM

BUILDING A TEAM A Baseball Buddies Story

by Aaron Derr | Read by Alan Crookham

Red Chair Press | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Alan Crookham exuberantly takes to the baseball field with a team of 11-year-old boys and girls. Listeners join Luis, who's moved from Texas to Ohio, where he shyly joins the Manatees, led by popular Coach Joe. Everyone is surprised when Coach announces the team will have a new captain--reluctant Luis. Crookham shines as each kid shares why they enjoy baseball. The... Read More

BUNYAN AND HENRY; OR, THE BEAUTIFUL DESTINY

BUNYAN AND HENRY; OR, THE BEAUTIFUL DESTINY

by Mark Cecil | Read by Tanis Parenteau, Ari Fliakos, JD Jackson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Ari Fliakos portrays Paul Bunyan, JD Jackson portrays John Henry, and Tanis Parenteau embodies Bright Eyes in this debut quest novel, which masterfully mixes myth, capitalism, and racism. Impoverished Paul Bunyon mines Lump, a toxic mineral that causes his wife to fall gravely ill. With a mythical creature guiding him, he races to find the one machine that could save her. In... Read More

BURMA SAHIB

BURMA SAHIB

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Theroux | Read by Charlie Anson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Happily, Paul Theroux's latest masterpiece is available as an audiobook, narrated authoritatively by Charlie Anson. Eric Blair, a callow policeman in colonial Burma, will eventually become known as writer George Orwell. In a clear baritone, Anson describes the lush landscapes of Burma, its trees, foliage, dusty roads, and muddy rivers, along with its natives, who are subjugated... Read More

BURN BOOK

BURN BOOK A Tech Love Story

Earphones Award Winner

by Kara Swisher | Read by Kara Swisher

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Kara Swisher specializes in reporting on the Internet. Here she narrates her memoir with urgency and focus, providing a you-are-there history of Silicon Valley. With more than a decade of podcasting experience, Swisher has developed a well-honed, rapid-fire delivery; an aura of journalistic integrity; and a firsthand knowledge of tech history. Anecdotes abound on... Read More

THE BUSY BODY

THE BUSY BODY

by Kemper Donovan | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Eva Kaminsky sets just the right snarky tone for the protagonist of this mystery, a misanthropic ghostwriter who has been hired to help a failed presidential candidate write her memoir. But when murder intervenes, the unnamed ghostwriter and Dorothy Gibson, the candidate, decide to become amateur sleuths. Much to our ghostwriter's surprise, the two not only solve the... Read More

CALIFORNIA BEAR

CALIFORNIA BEAR

Earphones Award Winner

by Duane Swierczynski | Read by James Urbaniak, Jesse Vilinsky, Duane Swierczynski

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators James Urbaniak and Jesse Vilinsky grip listeners throughout the roller-coaster ride of this inventive thriller. The story features the California Bear, a serial killer who mysteriously disappeared decades ago. As interest in the long dormant case is reignited, an ex-police detective, Hightower, and his cohorts go on a mission to reveal the real Bear. The plot unfolds... Read More

CALVIN PEETE

CALVIN PEETE Golf's Forgotten Star

by Gordon Hobson | Read by Jaime Lincoln Smith

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jaime Lincoln Smith skillfully narrates this long overdue biography. Smith's relaxed pacing, rich tone, and understated swagger embody Calvin Peete, one of the best Black golfers in history. This fascinating audiobook takes listeners from Peete's early days as the child of migrant laborers with limited opportunities for education to his incredible success in the PGA despite his... Read More

CANADIAN BOYFRIEND

CANADIAN BOYFRIEND

by Jenny Holiday | Read by Joshua Jackson, Emily Ellet

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Emily Ellet and Joshua Jackson delight listeners with this endearing contemporary romance. Aurora Evans thought she would never again come face-to-face with Mike Martin, her fake Canadian boyfriend from the past. Now Mike is a pro hockey player and single dad in need of a nanny. Aurora and Mike discover they each have past traumas that they can overcome together. In a... Read More

CANDELARIA

CANDELARIA

Earphones Award Winner

by Melissa Lozada-Oliva | Read by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners will enjoy this deliciously twisted tale dynamically narrated by the author. Lozada-Oliva explores intergenerational trauma as three generations of women find themselves caught up in a zombie apocalypse. Elderly Guatemalan immigrant Candelaria kills her octogenarian boyfriend. Surrounded by chaos in Boston, she desperately and inexplicably tries to get to the Old... Read More

THE CANOPY KEEPERS

THE CANOPY KEEPERS The Scorched Earth, Book 1

by Veronica G. Henry | Read by Robin Miles

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Golden Voice narrator Robin Miles brings a sense of wonder to a near future fantasy that explores the consequences of climate change. Firefighter Syrah Carthan has been angling for a return to Sequoia National Park ever since her family's death there in a wildfire when she was young. After a terrible incident during a planned burn, Syrah discovers there are uncanny forces at... Read More

CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS

CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Earphones Award Winner

by Eliza Knight, Denny S. Bryce | Read by Karen Chilton, Caroline Hewitt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrators Karen Chilton and Caroline Hewitt combine their considerable vocal talent to portray two legendary entertainers in this audiobook set primarily in the 1950s. There are no words to express how compelling Chilton's performance is as Ella Fitzgerald, "the Queen of Jazz." Chilton mesmerizes listeners as she imbues Fitzgerald with subtle emotion, poise, and practicality.... Read More

CAREER FORWARD

CAREER FORWARD Strategies from Women Who've Made It

by Grace Puma, Christiana Smith Shi | Read by Grace Puma, Christiana Smith Shi

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

The powerhouse authors and narrators of this aspirational audiobook are determined to help women succeed in the workplace. PepsiCo COO Grace Puma and former Nike President of Consumer Direct Christiana Smith Shi perform as if they were professional narrators. They effectively teach listeners how to create a "career GPS" that will guide them, with occasional course corrections,... Read More

CARINA FELINA

CARINA FELINA

by Carmen Agra Deedy | Read by Carmen Agra Deedy

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will find author/narrator Carmen Agra Deedy's retelling of this folktale a delightful treat. Upbeat Caribbean music introduces listeners to the beautiful but gluttonous feline, Carina. She goes around town hilariously eating whatever she wants: crackers, a florist, a bride, and a boy. However, she meets her match when a pair of crabs help everyone escape her belly.... Read More

THE CARPET PEOPLE

THE CARPET PEOPLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Terry Pratchett | Read by David Tennant

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

David Tennant is at his best with his narration of this whimsical fantasy for children and adults alike. The audiobook was Pratchett's first published novel in 1971 and was rewritten 30 years later. Whether viewed as a parable of war, apropos of current events, or as a mere humorous tale of little creatures living in your carpet, it's a story that begs to be listened to.... Read More

CARSON MCCULLERS

CARSON MCCULLERS A Life

by Mary V. Dearborn | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Barrie Kreinik performs this in-depth look at the life of literary prodigy Carson McCullers (THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, published in 1940). Dearborn presents a complex portrait of McCullers, who grapples with a toxic marriage and alcoholism. As she finds herself eternally entangled in messy relationships--both romantic and platonic--she experiences physical and mental... Read More

CASCADE FAILURE

CASCADE FAILURE Ambit's Run, Book 1

by L.M. Sagas | Read by Torian Brackett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Torian Brackett ably portrays the members of a colorful spaceship crew in this debut adventure tale, the first of a planned series. Jal, a wary, emotionally wounded ranger, ends up aboard the Ambit, a rattletrap spaceship, with Saint, a quick-tempered XO; Nash, a sarcastic engineer/medic; and Eoan, a holographic ship-AI who loves humans. Responding to a distress call from a... Read More

THE CASE FOR OPEN BORDERS

THE CASE FOR OPEN BORDERS

by John Washington | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Pete Cross presents this deeply reported and thoroughly researched audiobook with the seriousness it merits. His well-paced narration captures the author's passion for migrants and thorough critique of the governments, corporations, and media that demonize them. He maintains a journalistic tone as the text traverses the globe, sharing the stories of those who have experienced... Read More

THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES

THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Alvarez | Read by Alma Cuervo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Alma Cuervo's warm, rich timbre and measured style suit this captivating audiobook. Her delivery works perfectly as she emulates the author's empathetic tone and wit. This is a vividly imagined story of a novelist whose nom de plume is Scheherazade. She leaves Vermont and returns to her native Dominican Republic to bury her untold (unfinished) works. The plot takes a satisfying... Read More

CHARLIE HUSTLE

CHARLIE HUSTLE The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

by Keith O'Brien | Read by Ellen Adair, Keith O'Brien

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ellen Adair handles this biography of Pete Rose beautifully, with clear enunciation and pronunciation, letting the rich and troubled life of baseball's all-time hits leader stand for what it is. Rose was a homegrown Cincinnati guy who went on to star for the Reds. But his off-field pursuits--gambling, an extramarital affair, and a lack of solid friendships--mar his legacy.... Read More

CHARMING YOUNG MAN

CHARMING YOUNG MAN

by Eliot Schrefer | Read by Mark Sanderlin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will just have to imagine the piano music in this atmospheric novel, set in 1890s France. Léon Delafosse is a piano prodigy whose talents take him from the French countryside to Paris. But in order to advance his career and his standing in fickle Paris high society, he must secure a patron. While narrator Mark Sanderlin's pronunciation of French words is flawless, the... Read More

CHASING BEAUTY

CHASING BEAUTY The Life on Isabella Stewart Gardner

by Natalie Dykstra | Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The privileged world of the spirited Isabella Stewart Gardner is aptly captured by the patrician voice of narrator Maggie-Meg Reed. Born in 1840 to a wealthy family in New York City, Isabella married Boston Brahmin Jack Gardner and proceeded to both dazzle and confuse proper Boston elites. Reed softens her tone when "Mrs. Jack" suffers the death of her only child, to recover,... Read More

CHASING HOPE

CHASING HOPE A Reporter's Life

by Nicholas D. Kristof | Read by Nicholas D. Kristof

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Journalist Nicholas Kristof delivers his monumental memoir--by turns harrowing (think gunfire, rats, Darfur) and inspiring (he mentors young journalists, starts a nonprofit, and champions rural America). A practiced public speaker, Kristof sounds thoughtful as he covers his long and distinguished career. He's worked four decades as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau... Read More

A CHILD OF THE JAGO

A CHILD OF THE JAGO

by Arthur Morrison | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Nicholas Boulton brings this bleakly energetic 1896 novel to life with intelligence. Set in the worst of the London slums, it focuses on the ill-starred Perrott family, especially the boy Dicky, but includes many other neighborhood characters. Boulton moves easily among all of them, fluently altering voices, accents, ages, and genders as if he's a one-man full cast. His deep,... Read More

CHOOSE YOUR ENEMIES WISELY

CHOOSE YOUR ENEMIES WISELY Business Planning for the Audacious Few

by Patrick Bet-David, Greg Dinkin | Read by Patrick Bet-David

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

A successful entrepreneur and podcast host, Patrick Bet-David shares the lessons he's distilled from his growth as a person and as a builder of complex, high-achieving businesses. His strong voice and audible passion provide vocal energy that matches the power and clarity of his ideas but never makes him sound like he's overpromoting. His exercises and recommendations are... Read More

CHRONICALLY DOLORES

CHRONICALLY DOLORES

by Maya Van Wagenen | Read by Victoria Villarreal, Maya Van Wagenen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Victoria Villarreal smoothly shifts between the languages, locations, humor, and heartache of Dolores Mendoza. Delores suffers with interstitial cystitis, a condition that caused a bladder accident in front of fellow eighth graders, a moment of shame that Villarreal powerfully conveys. Villarreal captures Dolores's curiosity in a priest's confessional, wit in the bathroom... Read More

CIRCLE IN THE WATER

CIRCLE IN THE WATER Sharon McCone, Book 35

by Marcia Muller | Read by Tanis Parenteau

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tanis Parenteau delivers Marcia Muller's latest intense Sharon McCone mystery. At first, Parenteau's scratchy voice is unappealing, but as she navigates more twists and turns than a carnival ride, her tone fits the story. Vandalism has hit several upscale San Francisco neighborhoods. PI McCone's agency is hired by a neighborhood watch group to keep an eye on local streets.... Read More

CIRQUE DU SLAY

CIRQUE DU SLAY Hayden and Friends, Book 2

by Rob Osler | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Pete Cross provides a suitably lighthearted narration for this quirky, twisty, high-flying murder mystery set in a circus called Mysterium. This second installment in the Hayden and Friends mystery series follows a pint-sized gay middle-school teacher, Hayden, and his best friend, Hollister, as they seek the culprit in the murder of one of the circus performers. Although... Read More

CITY IN RUINS

CITY IN RUINS Danny Ryan Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Don Winslow | Read by Ari Fliakos

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the final book in the Danny Ryan Trilogy, a masterpiece of crime writing, Ari Fliakos delivers an astounding, empathetic performance. Rhode Island Irish mobster Danny Ryan's journey began decades ago when he evolved from a longshoreman to a small-time mobster and then to a multimillionaire Las Vegas hotelier. Winslow based Ryan's journey on the Greek tragedies THE ILIAD, THE... Read More

CITY OF LAUGHTER

CITY OF LAUGHTER

by Temim Fruchter | Read by Mara Wilson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Mara Wilson does a wonderful job narrating the complex and sweeping story of Shiva Margolin, a young queer woman who finds herself mired in generations of family secrets and pain. Full of Jewish folklore, with flashes back to eighteenth-century Ropshitz, Poland, then known as the City of Laughter, this story could potentially be confusing for the listener. Using tone,... Read More

THE CITY OF STARDUST

THE CITY OF STARDUST

by Georgia Summers | Read by Kitty Parker

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Kitty Parker narrates a lush and atmospheric romantasy. In each generation, the most talented Everly is taken as payment for a wrong committed centuries earlier--until Violet Everly decides to break the curse. Parker's impeccable delivery perfectly matches the dense and sensuous tone of the story, emphasizing the moody and mysterious world in which Violet finds herself cast... Read More

CLEVER CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

CLEVER CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

by Samantha Mabry | Read by Ana Osorio

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ana Osorio narrates with youthful wonder and gentle breathiness, adding to the atmospheric quality of this young adult horror story. When Case arrives at her friend Drea's house in rural Texas after receiving an invitation, she meets strange and unhelpful housemates--and Drea is nowhere to be found. Osorio's voice shifts to a tone of anxiety as Case gradually realizes that... Read More

CLOSE TO DEATH

CLOSE TO DEATH Hawthorne and Horowitz, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Anthony Horowitz, Rory Kinnear

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rory Kinnear's performance of the fifth Hawthorne and Horowitz mystery is "something of a masterclass," says author Anthony Horowitz in a recorded postscript that praises Kinnear's flair and fluency. Indeed, Kinnear's voice--rich and resonant, with precise articulation--is one of the many pleasures in this outing of the comical, ill-matched pair as they investigate which... Read More

COCONUT DROP DEAD

COCONUT DROP DEAD Spice Isle Bakery, Book 3

by Olivia Matthews | Read by Janina Edwards

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janina Edwards returns to narrate the third installment in the Spice Isle Bakery mysteries, voicing bakery co-owner Lyndsay and a variety of other characters. Deftly delivering various accents, inflections, and pitches, Edwards leads listeners through a cozy story of murder at Brooklyn's Caribbean American Heritage Festival. Her entertaining narration provides ample emotional... Read More

COLD VICTORY

COLD VICTORY

by Karl Marlantes | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Bronson Pinchot embraces the tone and accents of the international characters in this political thriller. In 1947, military attachés gather at a party. An American and a Russian diplomat agree to a friendly ski race across the Finnish countryside. The audiobook focuses on the adventure of the race, but real intrigue builds around the international diplomacy that mounts once... Read More

COLTON GENTRY'S THIRD ACT

COLTON GENTRY'S THIRD ACT

by Jeff Zentner | Read by Charlie Thurston

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Charlie Thurston's narration engages whether in flashbacks of Colton Gentry's high school years or accounts of his present-day return to his hometown. Thurston's fluid transitions transcend leaps in time and credibly illuminate Colton's ongoing affection for Luann, his first love. While Colton speaks in a neutral tone, Thurston's expressions of his interior reveal his struggles... Read More

COMPANY

COMPANY Stories

by Shannon Sanders | Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Karen Chilton's performance brings listeners close to the lives detailed in this story collection. Sanders's works are linked by the friction that emerges when family members and co-workers encounter each other in various shared spaces, sometimes begrudgingly. The stories revolve around a Black family, primarily in the Washington, DC, area, where a cross section of affluence,... Read More

CONSORT OF FIRE

CONSORT OF FIRE Bound to Fire and Steel, Book 1

by Kit Rocha | Read by Caitlin Elizabeth, Victoria Mei, Will Thorne, Adenrele Ojo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Caitlin Elizabeth, Victoria Mei, Will Thorne, and Adenrele Ojo perform the first entry in a fantasy epic laden with erotic suspense. For thousands of years, a pact has existed between humanity and the gods: Every 100 years the current human king is bound to send a consort to the king of the gods, Ash, who has the ability to shift forms. Now the current human king is training... Read More

CONVERGENCE PROBLEMS

CONVERGENCE PROBLEMS

by Wole Talabi | Read by Ben Arogundade

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Ben Arogundade does a fine job performing this collection of science-fiction short stories set in Africa. His steady voice helps listeners through the unfamiliar terrain of places and things, though there is no "coming together" of these stories as the title suggests. Each is set in its own reality. Most intriguing is "Saturday's Song," an African folktale of seven godlike... Read More

COOL FOOD

COOL FOOD Erasing Your Carbon Footprint One Bite at a Time

by Robert Downey Jr., Thomas Kostigen | Read by Robert Downey Jr., Thomas Kostigen, Deepti Gupta

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Robert Downey, Jr., teamed up with prolific climate change author Thomas Kostigen to write and narrate a fun yet impactful audio guide to choosing food habits that will cool the planet. The passionate duo seek to popularize a new climate-friendly food category--cool food--to represent the best edible options for producers and consumers. Downey, Jr., is an absolute riot to... Read More

THE CORE OF AN ONION

THE CORE OF AN ONION Peeling the Rarest Common Food- Featuring More Than 100 Historical Recipes

by Mark Kurlansky | Read by Mark Kurlansky

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Mark Kurlansky brings an authoritative narration to his latest food history endeavor. In the first part, Kurlansky explores the history and science of the onion, delivering his insights with the matter-of-fact demeanor of a seasoned professor. In the second part, Kurlansky reveals his passion for historical recipes, which is evident in his brighter narration. The recipes are... Read More

CORETTA

CORETTA The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King

by Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Music and sound effects are beautifully paired with January LaVoy's inviting narration of this adaptation of Coretta Scott King's autobiography for adults. Hymns and soft lyrical strains play in the background as LaVoy describes King's church-based, family-strong youth. Her narration becomes agitated when Coretta asks about the prejudice surrounding her. The music and narration... Read More

THE COUPLE IN THE PHOTO

THE COUPLE IN THE PHOTO

by Helen Cooper | Read by Naomi Frederick

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With her beautiful British accent, Naomi Frederick narrates this story of two couples whose lives unravel. Lucy and Adam, and Cora and Scott are practically a blended family. Adam, Cora, and Scott were friends at university; their past is deep and rife with secrets unknown to Lucy. One day, Lucy sees a compromising picture of Scott with another woman. As she tries to piece... Read More

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES (2 OF 2)

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES (2 OF 2) A Court of Thorns and Roses 4

by Sarah J. Maas | Read by Colleen Delany, Natalie Van Sistine, Jon Vertullo, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Voice actor Colleen Delany narrates the conclusion to the Court of Thorns and Roses series, set amid the Night Court of the High Fae. Proud, prickly, short-tempered Nesta Archeron, portrayed by Natalie Van Sistine, spars with her battle-scarred lover, silken voiced Cassian, performed by Jon Vertullo. Sometimes they tangle between the sheets in scenes of explicit sex; sometimes... Read More

CRANKY

CRANKY

by Phuc Tran | Read by Jacob McNatt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jacob McNatt has to get a bit cranky for this picture book featuring a crane named Cranky who builds a bridge with his friends, Zippy, Wheezy, and Dump Chuck. Automotive wordplay adds a sense of fun to this story of Cranky's sour mood. McNatt captures Cranky's disposition at once as he testily snaps at the merry morning greetings of his friends. During lunch break,... Read More

THE CRONE OF MIDNIGHT EMBERS

THE CRONE OF MIDNIGHT EMBERS Myrtlewood Crones, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Iris Beaglehole | Read by Bethan Dixon Bate

Podium | Unabridged
Fantasy

Book 1 in the Myrtlewood Crones series gets a near-perfect narration from Bethan Dixon Bate. Bizarre things keep happening to 60-ish Delia Spark. She's attacked by a stranger, her daughter is being secretive, and things around her burst into flame spontaneously--for example, her ex-husband's girlfriend's underwear. To get away, Delia travels to remote Myrtlewood, where she... Read More

CROSS MY HEART AND NEVER LIE

CROSS MY HEART AND NEVER LIE

by Nora Dasnes, Matt Bagguley [Trans.] | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Laura Knight Keating brings this Stonewall Award winner, a Norwegian import, to English-speaking listeners. "Seventh grade sucks," observes Tuva as she struggles to navigate both changing friendships and her growing same-sex attraction to a new classmate. She pours out her feelings to her diary, writing and illustrating moments both sweet and painful. Keating's expertly pitched... Read More

CROSSINGS

CROSSINGS How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

by Ben Goldfarb | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Malcolm Hillgartner epitomizes a fine nonfiction narrator. He lets these often disturbing stories of road ecology (annals of roadkills) reveal themselves in an understated way. A master of pace and cadence, his tone works with the dramatic statistics provided: About one million wild animals perish daily from cars, 40 million miles of roads ring the planet, and the fires in... Read More

CROSSROAD BLUES

CROSSROAD BLUES Nick Travers: Book 1: 25th Anniversary Edition

Earphones Award Winner

by Ace Atkins | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dion Graham, with his ability to tap into a wide variety of voices, is the right pick for this blues-heavy novel, first published in 1998, featuring music, violence, sex, and a psychopath. Nick Travers is a former pro football player turned blues historian at Tulane University in Louisiana. He is sent to find a music professor who went missing while researching the... Read More

CULT OF THE SPIDER QUEEN

CULT OF THE SPIDER QUEEN Arkham Horror

by S.A. Sidor | Read by Ken Jackson, Kimberly Gilbert, Holly Adams, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Horror

A talented cast beautifully re-creates an old-time radio drama about an ambitious reporter and a strange group seeking gold and a missing silent film actress in the deep, dark Amazon jungle of the 1920s. Narrator Ken Jackson knows how to craft a story and lure listeners into the web of intrigue. Kimberly Gilbert dominates as the resourceful Ursula, matched by Holly Adams as the... Read More

CULTURES OF GROWTH

CULTURES OF GROWTH How the New Science of Mindset Can Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

by Mary C. Murphy | Read by Mary C. Murphy, Carol Dweck [Fore.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Carol Dweck, author of MINDSET, narrates the Foreword of this audiobook in a workmanlike fashion, explaining her scholarly relationship with author Mary Murphy. Murphy argues that the creative and talented mindset transcends the innate gifts of an individual. Cultures of growth are explained as both revolutionary and helpful at Microsoft and many other well-known organizations.... Read More

THE CURE FOR BURNOUT

THE CURE FOR BURNOUT How to Find Balance and Reclaim Your Life

by Emily Ballesteros | Read by Emily Ballesteros

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The burnout expert and personal balance coach narrates in a gentle manner that will help all kinds of overly busy people absorb her foundational advice on finding more enjoyment in life. She balances her assertive tone and professional-sounding enunciation with audible respect for her listeners--an inviting combination that promotes openness to learning. Her research summaries... Read More

DANE'S MARK

DANE'S MARK Breeds, Book 33

by Lora Leigh | Read by Brianna Bronte

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Brianna Bronte exudes the drama of the romance between Katy Chavos and Dane Vanderale, who is a Breed--a combination of human and animal DNA. Years ago, when Katy worked at a diner that Dane frequented, she fell in love with him, but he rejected her. Bronte captures Katy's anguish at that time. Later, Katy returns to her hometown after having gone to work for a... Read More

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THEM

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THEM Soulfire Saga, Book 1

by Matthew Ward | Read by Sara Novak

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Sara Novak narrates the first installment of a new trilogy called The Soulfire Saga. Kat is a trained thief who is hoping to wipe out her father's debt. When a planned heist goes awry, she is sentenced to be executed and is then rescued by rebels. Everything gets much more complicated as political intrigue unfolds. The audiobook begins with the cast of characters and concludes... Read More

DAUGHTER

DAUGHTER

by Claudia Dey | Read by Ellie Moon, Kristen Thomson, Jonathon Young, Tom McCamus, Maggie Huculak, Rebecca Liddiard, Hailey Gillis, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Karen Knox

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

As the voice of Mona, Ellie Moon performs appropriately. A young playwright, Mona should be an engaging character, but we don't hear much about her creative process. Rather, she struggles with family, friends, and herself throughout the novel. The simple structure of the story and the journalistic style of the prose are distracting in the audiobook format. Multiple narrators... Read More

DAUGHTER OF THE BONE FOREST

DAUGHTER OF THE BONE FOREST

by Jasmine Skye | Read by Jeremy Carlisle Parker, Lindsey Dorcus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jeremy Carlisle Parker shows emotional breadth in her portrayal of 17-year-old Rosy Holt, who zealously guards her own and her grandmother's shape-shifting adventures in a remote forest. Parker heightens the initial tension during a dramatic scene in which Rosy saves the life of a princess. The taut plot continues as Rosy hides her secrets while attending magic school in the... Read More

THE DAY TRIPPER

THE DAY TRIPPER

by James Goodhand | Read by James Meunier

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

James Meunier convincingly portrays the confusion and terror of Alex Dean, a Londoner who wakes up one morning in a place and time he doesn't recognize. Alex's most recent memory is spending a delightful evening with his girlfriend. They were celebrating his acceptance to Cambridge--until they were interrupted by a violent confrontation with Alex's childhood nemesis. Meunier... Read More

DAYS OF WONDER

DAYS OF WONDER

by Caroline Leavitt | Read by Xe Sands, Stephanie Willing, Steve Quinn

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stephanie Willing, Xe Sands, and Steve Quinn work together beautifully to bring forth the emotional vibrancy, complicated family dynamics, and romantic entanglements in Leavitt's latest novel. With a youthful, textured intonation, Willing captures what it feels like to be Ella, a young woman who is coming out of a fraught situation in search of a fresh start. Sands's low,... Read More

DAZZLING

DAZZLING

by Chikodili Emelumadu | Read by Precious Mustapha, Tara Tijani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Precious Mustapha and Tara Tijani invite listeners into an extraordinary story based on West African mythology. On the day her uncle dies, Ozoemena becomes the unwitting heir to a supernatural family legacy. After her father's death leaves Treasure and her mother destitute, she strikes up a bargain with a strange man in the market. Mustapha voices Ozoemena as a girl who is... Read More

DEAR STRANGER

DEAR STRANGER Paper Cuts, Book 3

by Winter Renshaw | Read by Fiona Aarington, Nick Mondelli

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Workplace enemies fall in love in this stand-alone contemporary romance, the third in the Paper Cuts series, narrated by Fiona Aarington and Nick Mondelli, who also narrated the series' previous two audiobooks. Tenley and Brooks are competing to become their law firm's next partner. Forced to work together on a case, each realizes that the other is the stranger they've been... Read More

DEATH UNDER A LITTLE SKY

DEATH UNDER A LITTLE SKY Jake Jackson, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Stig Abell | Read by Oliver Hembrough

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Thanks to Stig Abell's remarkable debut novel, Oliver Hembrough has the material needed to provide hours of engrossing listening. When former police officer Jake Jackson inherits his uncle's remote farm, he decides to disconnect from his London life and move in. Leaving behind all modern conveniences, Jake finds contentment he never dreamed possible, but when human bones are... Read More

DECEIT

DECEIT

by Yuri Felsen, Bryan Karetnyk [Trans.] | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

This first-person recollection of a love affair, first published in 1930, is given a splendid narration by Derek Perkins. The title refers to the main character's responses to his love interest's seeming lack of transparency. The author, born Nikolai Freudenstein in Saint Petersburg, was a well-known writer of the Russian diaspora in Paris after the Russian Revolution. He died... Read More

DECLINE AND FALL

DECLINE AND FALL

by Evelyn Waugh | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Classics

This audio version of Waugh's first published work exudes satire at every turn. When Paul Pennyfeather is thrown out of school, he is forced to find his way in life as a schoolmaster. This change in circumstances leads to all manner of misadventures, each one rich with opportunities to make fun of 1920s British society. Stefan Rudnicki's resonant voice carries such depth that... Read More

THE DEMON OF UNREST

THE DEMON OF UNREST A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

Earphones Award Winner

by Erik Larson | Read by Will Patton, Erik Larson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This compelling audiobook about the beginning of the Civil War gains resonance from its parallels with today's divisions and drift toward violence. Will Patton's narration fits Larson's authorial voice, which is frank, factual, and artfully judicious in tone. Patton suggests historical voices, but his delivery is nuanced and understated, never showy. Brief chapters track the... Read More

DENISON AVENUE

DENISON AVENUE

by Christina Wong | Read by Christina Wong

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Christina Wong is a multidisciplinary artist who wrote and now narrates this slice-of-life novel. It's about an elderly Chinese Canadian widow who pushes a cart through Toronto's Chinatown, gathering bottles, cans, and reliving memories. David Innes's outstanding pen-and-ink illustrations, available on an accompanying pdf, are described by the narrator as the story proceeds.... Read More

DINNER ON MONSTER ISLAND

DINNER ON MONSTER ISLAND

by Tania De Rozario | Read by Tania De Rozario

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Tania De Rozario performs her essay collection, which revolves around her experience growing up as a fat mixed-race queer girl in Singapore. When she was a child, school administrators required her to eat smaller meals and exercise more. After her mother learned of De Rozario's sexuality, she called church leaders to exorcise her. De Rozario narrates each of her essays with... Read More

THE DISSIDENT

THE DISSIDENT

by Paul Goldberg | Read by David Aranovich

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This post-Cold War thriller set in Moscow in 1976 is primarily a murder mystery with a cameo of Henry Kissinger. Its enjoyable listening benefits from David Aranovich's well-paced narration. The central character is Viktor Moroz, a Russian refusenik who stumbles on a murder scene and is given a choice: Find the murderer, or the KGB will name him the murderer. From there, the... Read More

DOGTOWN

DOGTOWN

by Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko | Read by Cassandra Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris creates a youthful and energetic voice for Chance, a dog who lives in a shelter called Dogtown that houses both living dogs and robotic dogs. Chance befriends one of the robot dogs, named Metal Head. As they both hope to find better lives, Morris captures Chance's upbeat attitude, even as she reveals the tragic events that brought her to Dogtown in the... Read More

THE DOWNLOADED

THE DOWNLOADED

by Robert J. Sawyer | Read by Brendan Fraser, Luke Kirby, Vanessa Sears, Colm Feore, Andrew Phung and a full cast

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

With an easy conversational style, Hollywood stalwart Brendan Fraser leads an A-list crew of fellow Canadian actors in this audiobook. At a time in the future a group of astronauts and a group of hardened criminals are placed in a cryogenic state before their minds are uploaded to a massive quantum supercomputer. Suddenly, it's 500 years later, and the collection of misfits... Read More

DRAWING DEENA

DRAWING DEENA

by Hena Khan | Read by Reena Dutt

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Reena Dutt creates an energetic and determined voice for 13-year-old Pakistani American Deena, an aspiring artist who wishes to pursue her art despite the pressure from her mom to focus on a more practical future career path. Deena's mom is always worried about money, and her stress affects Deena as well. Dutt captures Deena's tumultuous emotions as she tries to... Read More

DUST

DUST The Modern World in a Trillion Particles

by Jay Owens | Read by Naomi Frederick

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After listening to this probing audiobook, listeners will never look at a dust bunny the same way again. Narrator Naomi Frederick's spot-on performance makes listening to the environmental history of our planet's dust absolutely engaging. The author, a geographer, writer, and researcher, creatively combines travel writing with history and science to argue that environmental... Read More

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