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ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED

ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED

Earphones Award Winner

by Farah Heron | Read by Soneela Nankani

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Soneela Nankani narrates this delightful contemporary romance with her whole heart, drawing listeners in with her enthusiasm. She embodies Reena Manji, capturing her anxieties about her meddling Indian Muslim family, her boring finance job, and a series of lackluster boyfriends. When she bumps into her new neighbor, Nadim Remtulla, she's initially intrigued by his British... Read More

AFRICAN EUROPEANS

AFRICAN EUROPEANS An Untold History

by Olivette Otele | Read by Olivette Otele

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

This is a fascinating listen about a part of history not taught in schools. Olivette Otele does a nice job telling this overlooked history of the presence of Black people in Europe throughout the ages. Although not a professional narrator, Otele nonetheless has a confident and engaging style that keeps listeners wanting to learn more about relationship between Europeans and... Read More

AGAINST CIVILITY

AGAINST CIVILITY The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

by Alex Zamalin | Read by Adam Barr

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

AGELESS

AGELESS The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old

by Andrew Steele | Read by Andrew Steele

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author and narrator Andrew Steele is a specialist in the "new science of getting older without getting old." No one dies of old age, Dr. Steele argues, and as we reduce the underlying causes of death, we increase average longevity. Putting aside the question of where we'll put all these additional old folks, Steele offers a fascinating survey of contemporary medicine and the... Read More

THE AGITATORS

THE AGITATORS Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights

Earphones Award Winner

by Dorothy Wickenden | Read by Heather Alicia Simms, Anne Twomey, Gabra Zackman, Dorothy Wickenden [Prologue]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrators Heather Alicia Simms, Anne Twomey, and Gabra Zackman harmonize to memorable effect in Dorothy Wickenden's remarkable examination of three friends who led twin battles for abolition and women's rights in nineteenth-century America. Simms gives a witty and rousing rendition of Harriet Tubman, freedom fighter extraordinaire; Twomey is gentle and steely as Francis Seward,... Read More

ALL GIRLS

ALL GIRLS

by Emily Layden | Read by Ali Ahn, Caitlin Davies, Carlotta Brentan, Cheryl Smith, Chloe Cannon, Dylan Moore, Emily Shaffer, Imani Jade Powers, Jesse Vilinsky, Kristen DiMercurio, Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A full cast performs this novel about an all-girls boarding school during the 2017 academic year, before the #MeToo movement. Told from the perspectives of a variety of students and staff, the plot revolves around a twenty-year-old rape allegation for which the male teacher has seemingly suffered no consequences. Each character reveals issues in her own life--for example,... Read More

ALL HIS WORKS

ALL HIS WORKS On the Eighth Day

by Ainny Klover | Read by Chris Sharpes, Derek R. McEwan, Helly Tree

Troubador Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

At first, this audiobook appears to be a simple whodunit, but that is not the case. Narrator Chris Sharpes smoothly voices Alex Bryn, a one-album wonder who is now scratching out a living as a music critic. Alex's life is turned upside down by the reappearance of Ciara, a singer who is his ex-girlfriend from long ago. The character, along with her dazzling jazz performance, is... Read More

ALL THE COLORS CAME OUT

ALL THE COLORS CAME OUT A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons

by Kate Fagan | Read by Kate Fagan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Like some memoirs, this audiobook is a cathartic one for the author, a sports journalist whose father, Chris, contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The work serves the dual role of peeling back the layers of their relationship while laying out what a person and their loved ones go through in dealing with the debilitating fatal illness. It would be difficult to imagine... Read More

ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

by John J. Jacobson | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Grover Gardner surely had fun narrating this rollicking adventure. He doesn't miss a beat and is spot-on in his voicing of the Texas protagonist and the French, German, British, and North African characters who inhabit the fantastical Kingdom of Mur, the novel's fictional North African location. The homespun hero, Lincoln Smith, finds the turn of the twentieth century too... Read More

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

by Mike Gayle | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ben Onwukwe brings out the humor and pathos in this story of Jamaican widower Hubert Bird, who discovers friendship in unlikely places. Hubert's daughter, Rose, thinks his life is full of friends and fun, but Hubert actually lives an entirely solitary existence. When Rose announces an unexpected visit, Hubert knows he better find some fake friends right away. Hubert's... Read More

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW

by Liara Tamani | Read by Preston Butler III, Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This blend of romance and sports is told from dual perspectives. Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt voices Carli, a reluctant but gifted high school basketball player whose parents are in the middle of a messy divorce. Preston Butler uses a sonorous voice in his portrayal of Rex, another basketball superstar, who blames himself for his mother's death. After a chance meeting, they... Read More

AMBER AND CLAY

AMBER AND CLAY

by Laura Amy Schlitz | Read by Rachel Botchan, Tom Picasso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

In this creative pastiche of mystery, history, mythology, philosophy, and magic, listeners follow the entwined fates of two children in ancient Greece. The "amber" is Melisto, an impetuous, aristocratic Athenian girl. Rachel Botchan narrates her story using crisp enunciation and slightly strident tones that accentuate Melisto's tempestuous character. The "clay" is Rhaskos, an... Read More

AMERICA AND IRAN

AMERICA AND IRAN A History, 1720 to the Present

by John Ghazvinian | Read by Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Fred Sanders's somber tone reflects the complex and conflicted relationship between modern-day Iran and the United States. His precision as a narrator is a good match for the academic nature of this historical examination. Sanders deftly transitions between the perspectives of the two nations throughout a variety of important moments. From the coup in 1953 to the Iranian... Read More

AMERICAN BETIYA

AMERICAN BETIYA

by Anuradha D. Rajurkar | Read by Soneela Nankani

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Soneela Nankani sounds warm, wry, and believably youthful as Rani, an Illinois high school student who finds first love and hard-won confidence in this coming-of-age audiobook. Responsible, smart, and talented in photography, Rani is surprised when she falls for Oliver, a charismatic fellow artist. Their chemistry is powerful, but their romance has to stay clandestine... Read More

AMERICAN COVENANT

AMERICAN COVENANT

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

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

AMERICAN MELANCHOLY

AMERICAN MELANCHOLY Poems

by Joyce Carol Oates | Read by Cheryl Smith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

One has to admit that Joyce Carol Oates's poetry is sometimes a bit prosy. Fortunately for the listener, her prose is particularly fine. Even in a poem like "To Marlon Brando in Hell," which could afford to be shorter, we are gripped and propelled by the language. Cheryl Smith's narration is as controlled as the words themselves, which reveal the emotional content of the text... Read More

AMINA'S SONG

AMINA'S SONG Amina's Voice, Book 2

by Hena Khan | Read by Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani returns to voice seventh grader Amina, whom listeners met in AMINA'S VOICE. Nankani's sweet voice perfectly matches Amina, who spends a thrilling summer vacation visiting family in Pakistan and is bursting to share details with her friends at home. She's disappointed to discover they aren't that interested. And when she makes a class presentation on... Read More

ANIMAL INSTINCT

ANIMAL INSTINCT K Team Novels, Book 2

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fred Berman returns to narrate the second in Rosenfelt's K Team series. Berman's regular-guy voice makes former detective, now private investigator, Corey Douglas a sympathetic character, especially when he works with his partner, Simon Garfunkel, a German shepherd. The story also includes characters from Rosenfelt's popular Andy Carpenter series. Berman masterfully delivers... Read More

ANNA KARENINA

ANNA KARENINA

by Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett [Trans.] | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Elizabeth Knowelden skillfully narrates this lengthy Russian novel with gravitas. The classic story of a woman who is torn between her cold husband and a lover travels the drawing rooms of St. Petersburg and the rolling fields of Russia. Knowelden's narration captures the richly emotional nature of this literary work, providing clear representations of the many characters and... Read More

ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

by Andromeda Romano-Lax | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley provides steady, empathetic guidance through this speculative story featuring time travel and Wild West heroine Annie Oakley. Ruth McClintock continues to work on her theory that Oakley was sexually abused as a child--despite that theory having caused Ruth to fail her doctoral thesis in history. Wiley brings insight and tenderness to disparate... Read More

THE ANONYMOUS SOURCE

THE ANONYMOUS SOURCE Alex Vane Media Thrillers, Book 1

by A.C. Fuller | Read by Joe Hempel

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Newspaper reporter and would-be TV news anchor Alex Vane gets a crazy tip that could send the journalism world into a tailspin. What's more--uncovering the rest of the story could cost him his life. Narrator Joe Hempel gives us a reporter's-eye view of the seismic changes taking place in the newspaper business in 2002. Hempel carries the story easily, offering subtle... Read More

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE CRUST

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE CRUST Bakeshop Mystery, Book 7

by Ellie Alexander | Read by Emily Durante

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners visit the famed Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, with chef Jules Capshaw, who owns a bakeshop named Torte. To start, artistic director Lance discovers the body of the troupe's lead actor, Antony. Narrator Emily Durante particularly shines with her flamboyant portrayal of Lance. She captures Lance's terror, his anxiety upon the disappearance of the body, and... Read More

ANTIQUITIES

ANTIQUITIES

by Cynthia Ozick | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini's subtle, fluent narration is perfect for Ozick's subtle, exquisitely fluent narrative voice. The revered storyteller seems to transcend time and place in this long story set in the late 1940s but rooted in the customs and prejudices of an even earlier era. Her aging narrator looks back on his time at a privileged boys' school, where he befriended an outcast... Read More

ANTITRUST

ANTITRUST Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

by Amy Klobuchar | Read by Nan McNamara, Amy Klobuchar

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Senator Amy Klobuchar delivers the introduction, first chapter, and conclusion of her audiobook with intellectual confidence. The familiarity of her speech helps connect this richly detailed economics lesson with the likable Minnesota lawmaker. Nan McNamara narrates the remainder of the audio with more vocal color than the senator and equal skill with her often complex... Read More

ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE

ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE

by Sofiya Pasternack | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Laura Knight Keating returns to narrate this sequel to ANYA AND THE DRAGON. Set in tenth-century Eastern Europe and rooted in Jewish and Russian folklore, the story follows 13-year-old Anya Miroslavovna's next adventure with her friend, Ivan Ivanov, and Håkon the dragon. As they search the kingdom of Kievan Rus' for Anya's father, they find the Nightingale, a powerful and... Read More

THE ARBELLA STUART CONSPIRACY

THE ARBELLA STUART CONSPIRACY Marquess House Trilogy, Book 3

by Alexandra Walsh | Read by Anna Gregory

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this final installment of the Marquess House Trilogy, listeners hear an alternate history of the transition of power from Queen Elizabeth I to King James I. Narrator Anna Gregory clearly differentiates the two alternating sections--one recounting the events of the year 1603 and the other recounting events 400 years later. Gregory effectively portrays the imperious carriage... Read More

ARE YOU ENJOYING?

ARE YOU ENJOYING? Stories

by Mira Sethi | Read by Mira Sethi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mira Sethi narrates her debut collection of stories with a refreshing confidence that produces a mesmerizing audiobook. Warm, full tones pull listeners into the works, which feature relationships explored through various lenses. Thoughtful pacing adds depth to engrossing characters whose actions play out against the culture and landscapes of Pakistan. Characters' warring... Read More

ARSENIC AND ADOBO

ARSENIC AND ADOBO Tita Rosie's Kitchen, Book 1

by Mia P. Manansala | Read by Danice Cabanela

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Danice Cabanela is the perfect narrator for this cozy mystery. Lila Macapagal returns home to Illinois after a messy breakup. She is committed to rejuvenating her Tita Rosie's restaurant, but her ex-boyfriend, Derek, runs a smear campaign to ruin its reputation. When Derek dies after Lila serves him a dish, the Macapagals find themselves under investigation. Cabanela adeptly... Read More

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

by Hala Alyan | Read by Leila Buck

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Leila Buck's dexterous performance captures the members of the Nasr family. Although they are scattered around the world, their former home in Beirut remains their touchstone. After the death of their patriarch, son Idris--now the head of the family--decides to sell the beloved house. Not surprisingly, objections abound. Buck is especially successful at conveying the competing... Read More

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD

ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD

by Roshani Chokshi | Read by Soneela Nankani

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani once again shows her versatility as she narrates the fourth Aru Shah adventure. When Aru wakes to find herself locked in the lair of her father, aka the Sleeper, she finds herself staring into the eyes of Kara, her previously unknown half-sister. Nankani provides notes of tension as Aru attempts to defeat her father's powerful army. She secures aid from... Read More

ASTRID SEES ALL

ASTRID SEES ALL

by Natalie Standiford | Read by Emily Tremaine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Tremaine narrates a quirky coming-of-age story that has the feel of a memoir. Twenty-something Phoebe moves to New York City in the 1980s. While Tremaine's pacing can be halting and her phrasing a tad deliberate, her character portrayals are distinct and believable. In a youthful timbre and hesitant tone, she captures Phoebe's struggles with identity and self-reliance.... Read More

THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT

THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT

by Alaa Al Aswany, Russell Harris [Trans.] | Read by Peter Ganim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In an engaging journalistic style, Peter Ganim narrates this epic tale of Egypt, set in the time leading up to the Egyptian revolution of 1952. Although the novel is heavily populated with characters, Ganim's steady storytelling and clear pronunciation of characters' names make it simple to keep track of the various plotlines. The action revolves around the fortunes of the six... Read More

AVERAGE JOE

AVERAGE JOE Be the Silicon Valley Tech Genius

by Shawn Livermore | Read by Mike Lenz

Gildan Media | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Mike Lenz narrates in the voice of a friendly postgrad tutor. He's engaging and informative--a smart choice for an audiobook that dissects the myth of the tech genius. According to the author, the mystique surrounding founders of companies like Uber and Groupon is partially a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Lenz subtly sells that premise as Livermore deconstructs an array of... Read More

BACK IN THE BURBS

BACK IN THE BURBS Stuck in the Burbs, Book 1

by Tracy Wolff, Avery Flynn | Read by Sophie Amoss

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Using her versatile narration style and husky voice, Sophie Amoss traces Mallory's journey from victimized wife to self-possessed law office manager. Amoss delivers an immersive first-person storytelling experience as Mallory leaves New York for New Jersey, where she plans to help clean out the home of her Aunt Maggie, a hoarder. As Mallory works with Maggie's neighbor, Nick,... Read More

BAD HABITS

BAD HABITS

by Amy Gentry | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebecca Lowman portrays "Mac" Woods, a young professor who is embroiled in a web of relationships that are rooted in hidden motives and manipulation. Mac's mentor, Bethany, is urging her to try for a prestigious award, which will pit her against her friend, Gwen. Lowman balances the women's voices as well as that of Bethany's husband, Rocky. Bethany has a slightly... Read More

THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT

THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT

by Syed M. Masood | Read by Pej Vahdat, Hend Ayoub

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Pej Vahdat and Hend Ayoub work together to create an immersive listening experience of this contemporary love story. Anvar and Safwa are two teenagers from Afghanistan and Iraq brought together by fate when their families immigrate to the United States. Vahdat brings across Anvar's plucky, sarcastic tone through a lively delivery that contrasts with Ayoub's dreamy and... Read More

BE DAZZLED

BE DAZZLED

by Ryan La Sala | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Pete Cross brings an energetic and delightful personality to the characters and relationships in this story of a young gay teen who is on a quest to win the cosplay competition at his local comics convention. Told in alternating "then" and "now" chapters, the story involves the budding romance and eventual breakup of Raffy and his now-ex-boyfriend, Luca. The worst... Read More

THE BEARS OF BROOKS FALLS

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

by Michael Fitz | Read by John Pruden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

BEAUTIFUL THINGS

BEAUTIFUL THINGS A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Hunter Biden | Read by Hunter Biden

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

No one could narrate this punch-in-the-gut memoir more powerfully than its author, Hunter Biden, President Biden's younger son. It is his story: raw, unvarnished; filled with despair, anger, and redemption. An alcoholic who first drank at the age of 14, he later added crack cocaine to his pharmacopoeia. In his view at the time, he was functioning just fine--until his brother,... Read More

THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE

THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE

by Sharon Stone | Read by Sharon Stone

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is a remarkably special audiobook listening experience--difficult, challenging, not entirely coherent, but nonetheless moving. Internationally known beauty, philanthropist, social activist, and skilled actor Sharon Stone narrates her own courageous memoir, which she wrote after her recovery from a massive stroke. Her brain injury seems apparent throughout her narration.... Read More

BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED

BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Hillary Huber's wry intonation perfectly matches the personality of loner amateur detective Frankie Elkin. AA meetings and prickly law enforcement officials are the only constants in her life as she travels around the country searching for missing women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities. Driven and haunted,, she keeps looking even though the... Read More

BEGINNERS

BEGINNERS The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

by Tom Vanderbilt | Read by Tom Vanderbilt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Taking a cue from his young daughter's curiosity and enthusiasm for trying new things, author Tom Vanderbilt embarks on his own journey to learn new things. Narrating himself, he describes how his outlook was transformed as he learned to play chess, sing, draw, surf, and juggle during adulthood as a novice, asserting that this beginner status for hobby-type activities is often... Read More

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICA

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

by Roya Hakakian | Read by Roya Hakakian

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

BEGINNER'S MIND

BEGINNER'S MIND

Earphones Award Winner

by Yo-Yo Ma | Read by Yo-Yo Ma

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Biography & Memoir

Classical musician and cultural icon Yo-Yo Ma treats listeners to a unique and exquisite aural gem, seamlessly blending self-discovery and musical storytelling. In his innovative take on a memoir, Ma recounts various details of his life while inviting listeners to ponder humanity and hope with a beginner's mind. His soft-spoken voice exudes a sense of calm and meditative... Read More

BEHIND THE SCENES

BEHIND THE SCENES

by Christina C. Jones | Read by Wesleigh Siobhan, Emmanuel Ingram

Christina C. Jones | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The conversational styles of narrators Wesleigh Siobhan and Emmanuel Ingram match this flirty workplace romance. Logan Byers is helping love interest Pierre Perry III produce his TV script for "One Day Sober." Siobhan's rounded tones mirror Logan's emotions. She emphasizes certain words to demonstrate Logan's analytical nature. For Pierre, she has a deeper voice, and she... Read More

THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL

THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL Markus Ryker, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Joel C. Rosenberg | Read by George Guidall

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The best audiobooks succeed when narrators such as George Guidall perform so exceptionally that listeners can visualize every moment. Such is the case with the latest Marcus Ryker thriller, in which the U.S. operative finds himself one of three captives held by a group of bloodthirsty Hezbollah special forces. The longer Ryker and his prominent companions are held, the more... Read More

BENEATH THE KEEP

BENEATH THE KEEP A Novel of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen | Read by Mandy Williams

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In this prequel to the Tearling trilogy, narrator Mandy Williams takes on a dark fantasy story about magic set in the period leading up to the birth of the future Queen Kelsea. Williams tells a story of hard times in a harsh kingdom. Many people are starving, and some never get to leave their underground ghetto. Williams guides the listener through the trials of the main... Read More

BIG BAD WOLF

BIG BAD WOLF

by Suleikha Snyder | Read by Shiloh Gray

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Shiloh Gray expertly narrates a paranormal romance filled with snarky humor and biting social commentary. Joe Peluso is on trial for a murder he undeniably committed and has no remorse for. Lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia feels drawn to Joe, despite the obvious danger. When the two are forced to go on the run together, their relationship ignites. Gray perfectly captures... Read More

THE BIG BOOK OF MARS

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

by Marc Hartzman | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE BIG HOUSE AND THE LITTLE HOUSE

THE BIG HOUSE AND THE LITTLE HOUSE

by Yoshi Ueno | Read by Andrew Eiden

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

With inviting warmth, narrator Andrew Eiden creates a cozy atmosphere for this sweet audiobook about loneliness and friendship. Little Mouse and Big Bear live alone on the same road, and they each long for a friend. They have never met until one day they bump into each other and begin a friendship. When a scary storm threatens their next meeting, Big Bear comes up with a clever... Read More

BILLIE EILISH

BILLIE EILISH In Her Own Words

by Billie Eilish | Read by Billie Eilish, Maggie Baird, Patrick O'Connell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Musical sensation Billie Eilish narrates this quick memoir about her extraordinary rise to fame. Her signature rasp permeates her delivery. There are only a few chapters, and these race by via Eilish's casual delivery. In addition to talking about her music and her brother, musician Finneas O'Connell, Eliish is joined by her parents, Maggie Baird and Patrick O'Connell, at... Read More

BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME

BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME

by Jasmine Mans | Read by Jasmine Mans

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Spoken-word poet Jasmine Mans narrates her poetry collection. This audiobook serves as a call to oneself and a return to one's truth. Mans speaks openly and honestly about race, womanhood, sexuality, and family. She begins with a list poem about her hair. Her words are thick and intentionally punctuated. She is clear, strong, and purposeful in both content and tone. Although... Read More

BLACK IMAGINATION

BLACK IMAGINATION Black Voices on Black Futures

Earphones Award Winner

by Natasha Marin [Ed.] | Read by Daveed Diggs, Lena Waithe

Scribd Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Multitalented writers/performers Daveed Diggs (HAMILTON) and Lena Waithe (QUEEN AND SLIM) bring warm tones of empathy and naturalism to their narrations of dozens of poems and short prose pieces written by some of America's most promising and edgier Black writers and performance artists. By its very nature, Black people discussing Black culture, Black sexuality, and the Black... Read More

BLACK, WHITE, AND THE GREY

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

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

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

BLACKBIRD FLY

BLACKBIRD FLY

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Ferdelle Capistrano

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ferdelle Capistrano introduces 12-year-old Analyn "Apple" Yengko and her mother, who have moved from the Philippines to Louisiana. Listeners will hear their conversations and join Apple and her classmates at school. Apple is a huge Beatles fan who treasures a music tape that has her late father's name printed on it. Capistrano vividly portrays those who bully Apple for... Read More

THE BLIZZARD PARTY

THE BLIZZARD PARTY

by Jack Livings | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook has it all--mystery, mayhem, and sci-fi in a story that flashes forward and back as it revels in the lost world of late 1970s Manhattan. Narrator Rebecca Lowman presents the many complex characters at just the right pace. She carefully delivers the various voices--male and female, accented and not--and keeps the reality-stretching doings moving along. Lowman... Read More

BLUE

BLUE In Search of Nature's Rarest Color

by Kai Kupferschmidt | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE BOMBER MAFIA

THE BOMBER MAFIA A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

by Malcolm Gladwell | Read by Malcolm Gladwell

Pushkin Industries | Unabridged
History

The prolific author says that this is the first of his books "written to be heard rather than read." Gladwell himself delivers the compelling story of the renegade WWII soldiers who pioneered precision aerial bombing--a tactic that might have saved civilian lives had it been more widely accepted. He narrates with delightful spontaneity and engagement, and the production... Read More

THE BONA FIDE LEGEND OF COOL PAPA BELL

THE BONA FIDE LEGEND OF COOL PAPA BELL Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

by Lonnie Wheeler | Read by David Sadzin

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

For those who appreciate the history of baseball, the Negro Leagues are a rich trove of anecdotes on what players achieved on the field and endured off of it. The late Lonnie Wheeler's biography captures one of the greats, James "Cool Papa" Bell, known for his speed around the bases and his gentility off the field. David Sadzin narrates with an interested tone and an emotional... Read More

THE BONE CODE

THE BONE CODE Temperance Brennan, Book 20

by Kathy Reichs | Read by Linda Emond

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Linda Emond capably reprises the role of forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the latest installment of this long-running crime series. When a barrel containing two bodies washes ashore in Charleston following a coastal storm, Tempe discovers a disturbing connection with a cold case in Québec. Emond's mature timbre anchors the stalwart anthropologist as she follows... Read More

THE BONE MAKER

THE BONE MAKER

by Sarah Beth Durst | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Soneela Nankani performs this fantasy about "bone magic." She portrays a group of five heroes who saved the world 25 years earlier and are needed again. Listeners are introduced to Kreya, the group's leader, who gives Nankani an opportunity to express an array of emotions that range from vulnerability as she explores forbidden magic to decisiveness as she commands the... Read More

THE BOOKSELLER OF FLORENCE

THE BOOKSELLER OF FLORENCE The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

by Ross King | Read by James Cameron Stewart

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator James Cameron Stewart's precise diction and cool tone illuminate Ross King's detailed introduction to bookmaking, ink production, parchment and papermaking, and the various methods for distributing books in Renaissance Florence in this engrossing biography of Vespasiano da Bisticci. Fifteenth-century Florence was a city in political turmoil. Vespasiano, born in 1422,... Read More

THE BOY TOY

THE BOY TOY

by Nicola Marsh | Read by Shiloh Gray, Nathaniel Black

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Shiloh Gray and Nathaniel Black's engaging dual narration adds zest to this fun, sensual, "age-gap romance," set in Melbourne, Australia. Physical therapist Samira Broderick and stuntman Rory Radcliffe meet by chance after a stressful day. Gray and Black generate playful yet electric chemistry in alternating chapters as the lovers resolve to keep their sexual relationship... Read More

BRAT

BRAT An '80s Story

by Andrew McCarthy | Read by Andrew McCarthy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor/writer/director Andrew McCarthy's immensely enjoyable audiobook, which he narrates himself, is about his early years in Hollywood--especially his love of acting and his development as an artist. Sure, some juicy celebrity tidbits are included--listeners will find out who his ST. ELMO's FIRE crush was and what really happened the night a reporter coined the "Brat Pack"... Read More

BREAKOUT

BREAKOUT

by Paul Herron | Read by Jason Culp

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This fast-paced audiobook is all about survival. In the Ravenhill Correctional Facility, Jack, a former cop who's now incarcerated, is fighting to escape two converging hurricanes and his fellow inmates. Narrator Jason Culp captures Jack's world-weary doggedness as he guides listeners through a Job-like series of disasters that include the record-setting storm and massive... Read More

THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS

THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS A Tale with Music

by Ina Allen | Read by John Pruessner

Ina Allen | Unabridged
Children

Ina Allen's clever audio adaptation of Grimm's well-known folktale about embracing uniqueness is a joy to listen to. John Pruessner is an engaging storyteller who identifies each of the characters--a spritely old man, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster--with quirky, easily recognizable voices. After each animal's introduction, he delivers a lilting refrain of encouragement... Read More

BRIDE OF THE SEA

BRIDE OF THE SEA

by Eman Quotah | Read by Lameece Issaq

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lameece Issaq makes the most of this dramatic family saga in which a mother and father split up, forever changing their own lives as well as that of their daughter. Issaq capably handles the Arabic words and phrases sprinkled throughout this contemporary story of love gone wrong, as Saeeda and Muneer, two young Saudis, try to save their marriage. The narration is light... Read More

BROKE IN AMERICA

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

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

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

BROKEN (IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY)

BROKEN (IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY)

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Lawson | Read by Jenny Lawson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jenny Lawson returns to narrate her third installment in a disheveled saga of finding the light at the end of a long, winding, ludicrous tunnel. Lawson--journalist, blogger, and ambassador of disarray--has rewarded fans with previous memoirs on sobering yet hilarious aspects of her life and deepest thoughts. The author recounts her incredibly relatable, awkward social... Read More

BROKEN HORSES

BROKEN HORSES A Memoir

by Brandi Carlile | Read by Brandi Carlile

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this audiobook, singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile recounts her path to success. Carlile describes her childhood in a town close to Seattle, leaving nothing out with respect to her childhood traumas, family dysfunction, or sexuality. At 16, when she wanted to be baptized, she went through all the preparations, but at the last minute her pastor refused to perform the sacrament... Read More

THE BUBBE DIARIES

THE BUBBE DIARIES

by Paula Span | Read by Paula Span

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

BURIED

BURIED Hush Collection

by Jeffery Deaver | Read by JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator JD Jackson's husky voice creates a neo-noir atmosphere for this short thriller. Jackson adds drama and personality to a well-plotted but rudimentary story, and his bemused narration hints at his understanding of the genre. Jackson's approach elevates the catch-a-serial-killer setup and accelerates the pacing. Deaver has some surprises up his sleeve, and like a... Read More

THE BURNING GIRLS

THE BURNING GIRLS

by C. J. Tudor | Read by Gemma Whelan, Richard Armitage

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gemma Whelan introduces Reverend Jacqueline Brooks and her 14-year-old daughter, Flo, who move from the city to a church in rural England. Narrator Richard Armitage convincingly portrays a mysterious figure who stays in the background. In this horror story, people burn twig dolls to remember the martyrs who were burned at the stake 500 years ago during Queen Mary's... Read More

THE BUTCHER'S BLESSING

THE BUTCHER'S BLESSING

by Ruth Gilligan | Read by Heather O'Neill, John Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Heather O'Neill and John Keating put their natural Irish brogues to fine use as they share the narration of this cautionary tale. A mysterious order of Irish cattle butchers who travel from farm to farm offering their services find their ancient ways threatened during the 1996 outbreak of mad cow disease. The narrators give voice and emotion to a butcher's wife who... Read More

BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD

BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD

by Francesca Ekwuyasi | Read by Amaka Umeh

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

This beautifully written and deeply human novel about the complicated relationship between Nigerian twin sisters Taiye and Kehinde is not always served by newcomer Amaka Umeh's heartfelt but uneven narration. She excels at bringing Ekwuyasi's evocative descriptions of food to life, and her lively tone perfectly captures the everyday bustle that makes this novel feel so real:... Read More

THE CANDLELIT COFFIN

THE CANDLELIT COFFIN Lady Fan, Book 4

by Elizabeth Bailey | Read by Esther Wane

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, set in 1791, a murder victim has been placed in a coffin dug up from its grave. In the spirit of a classic mystery, narrator Esther Wane prevents this macabre event from becoming one of horror. Someone has dumped a skeleton out of its coffin and put the body of actress Dulcibella in it, and then surrounded the coffin with candles. When Colonel George Tretower... Read More

CANE WARRIORS

CANE WARRIORS

by Alex Wheatle | Read by Noel Arthur

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Noel Davies gives authentic pronunciation and cadence to the Jamaican patois in which the author writes this historically accurate novel. Told from the perspective of 14-year-old Moa, a cane cutter of Akan origin, the story follows Tacky's Revolt of 1760 as carried out on a sugar plantation. Every character of African lineage--from Moa and his siblings through those in... Read More

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

by Oscar Wilde | Read by Mark Redfield, Mackenzie Menter

Oasis Audio | Audio Program
Classics

Narrator Mark Redfield performs the hilarious story of an American family caught up in their very own ghost story after purchasing an estate in England. Redfield provides the perfect inflections and timing for this story of cultural miscommunication, secret murders, and a ghost who is as malleable as any good actor. Redfield is joined by Mackenzie Menter, who provides the... Read More

A CAVE IN THE CLOUDS

A CAVE IN THE CLOUDS A Young Womans Escape from ISIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Badeeah Hassan Ahmed, Susan Elizabeth McClelland | Read by Baraka Rahmani

ECW Press | Unabridged
Young Adult

Baraka Rahmani brings emotional sensitivity to her narration of the memoir of Badeeah Ahmed, an 18-year-old Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and held in captivity by Isis forces in Iraq. Rahmani is gifted at delivering context. In matter-of-fact tones she weaves information about Badeeah's family, her small town of Kocho, and the Yazidi people, a Northern Iraqi sect with a unique... Read More

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME Providence Falls, Book 1

by Jude Deveraux, Tara Sheets | Read by Susan Bennett

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Susan Bennett brings considerable acting talent, interesting and innovative voices, and spot-on accents to this time-travel love story. In 1844, in Ireland, Liam O'Connor, handsome rogue and thief, fell in love with a squire's shy and beautiful daughter, Cora McLeod, altering the future. With the help of Heaven's Angels, Liam is given a chance to correct this error.... Read More

CHEMISTRY LESSONS

CHEMISTRY LESSONS

by Meredith Goldstein | Read by Lesa Wilson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lesa Wilson narrates this debut audiobook featuring a teen romance. The summer before college brings several surprises for Maya, a science whiz. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, she is determined to get him back using the experiment her mother, a science researcher, was carrying out before she passed away. Can science provide a formula for love? Wilson has a pleasant... Read More

CHILDREN UNDER FIRE

CHILDREN UNDER FIRE An American Crisis

by John Woodrow Cox | Read by Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

CHILE PEPPERS

CHILE PEPPERS A Global History

by Dave DeWitt | Read by Gary Tiedemann

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES

CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES

by Rebecca Sacks | Read by Lameece Issaq

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The titular city is Jerusalem, with parts of the audiobook also set in Hebron, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah. The characters live in all those cities. There is no single story; instead there are numerous points of view, and narrator Lameece Issaq relies on subtle accents and the text to keep listeners oriented. This seems to be an interpretive choice, as it stresses the... Read More

CLEOPATRA

CLEOPATRA The Queen who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity

Earphones Award Winner

by Alberto Angela, Katherine Gregor [Trans.] | Read by Derek Perkins

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Derek Perkins brings the enigmatic Egyptian queen to life in scenes drawn from ancient historians. This extensive volume revealing the background and myths surrounding one of the most famous women in history is aided by Perkins's British intonation and authoritative tone. Cleopatra is not only beautiful and sexy, she also proves to be an equal match to Rome's most... Read More

CLEOPATRA'S TOMB

CLEOPATRA'S TOMB Maggie Edwards Adventures, Book 1

by Nellie H. Steele | Read by Cathi Colas

A Novel Idea | Unabridged
Fiction

Booby-trapped Egyptian tombs, tomb raiders, an Australian heartthrob, and buried treasure--what's not to like in this debut adventure in the Maggie Edwards mystery series? This audio production has exciting moments and a wonderful description of the desert sky, but somehow, despite its many attributes and a satisfying narration by narrator Cathi Colas, it is less than... Read More

CLOUDMAKER

CLOUDMAKER

by Malcolm Brooks | Read by Julia Whelan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan delivers a smart, sassy pair of cousins who share a love of aviation. In the summer of 1937, in Big Coulee, Montana, 14-year-old Houston "Huck" Finn crashes his glider into a trout stream while trying to teach himself to fly. In the water he finds a dead man who is wearing a valuable Lindbergh watch. Huck reports the crime but takes the watch--an act that... Read More

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE

by Christina Li | Read by Mimi Chang, Josh Hurley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Mimi Chang and Josh Hurley bring youthful energy to an unlikely friendship in this audiobook set in the 1980s. Ro, who is half-Chinese, is a new student and a total science nerd. Benji is artistic, obsessed with comic books, and doodles all day. Still, Benji promises to help Ro finish her rocket, and Ro offers to help Benji find his long-lost famous father. The... Read More

A COCOON WITH A VIEW

A COCOON WITH A VIEW

by Alice Taylor | Read by Jennifer Fitzgerald

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Jennifer Fitzgerald brings her Irish accent to Alice Taylor's evocative memoir of living in social retreat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a gentle yet non-idealized version of all the great and small changes in her own life and that of her village, Taylor describes a way of rural Irish living that seems to hew close to what she describes in her novels. Trading... Read More

COLD WIND

COLD WIND

by Paige Shelton | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will experience genuine excitement as the protagonist of this novel escapes from the man who has kidnapped her and hides in the Alaskan wilderness. Narrator Suzie Althens knows when to exercise restraint and when to unleash the power that makes this audiobook both scary and fun--for example, when a landslide uncovers a frozen body. Athens's method of increasing energy... Read More

COLLECTED STORIES

COLLECTED STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Shirley Hazzard, Brigitta Olubas [Ed.], Zoë Heller [Fore.] | Read by Susan Lyons

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Susan Lyons's remarkable performance of Shirley Hazzard's stories is a gift to all who love the author's wry wit and rapier adjectives, and all who have yet to discover them. The child of diplomats, Hazzard traveled throughout her life, honing her observational skills with every move. Set in the 1950s through 2000, the resulting stories are timeless examinations of the human... Read More

COMEBACK SEASON

COMEBACK SEASON My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players

by Cam Perron, Nick Chiles, Hank Aaron [Fore.] | Read by Aden Hakimi, Robin Eller, Lamarr Gulley, Leon Nixon, David Sadzin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A fantastic team of narrators personalizes this wonderful story, a memoir of the author's initial mission to connect Negro League ballplayers with each other. The project soon evolves into serious research to seek confirmation of their careers so each player can receive a rightful pension. The ensemble narration works well. Aden Hakimi takes the role of the author, whose... Read More

THE COMMITTED

THE COMMITTED

Earphones Award Winner

by Viet Thanh Nguyen | Read by François Chau

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Cambodian-American actor François Chau seems to inhabit the anonymous narrator of this novel--a young man of Vietnamese and French parentage who flees Vietnam at the fall of Saigon and heads to California and France. Chau's narration is so stellar that the listener sees the action through the narrator's eyes, yet Chau's soft voice remains unobtrusive. The writing in this novel... Read More

THE COMMON PATH TO UNCOMMON SUCCESS

THE COMMON PATH TO UNCOMMON SUCCESS

by John Lee Dumas | Read by John Lee Dumas

HarperCollins Leadership | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Internet marketing guru and podcast superstar John Lee Dumas is the Energizer Bunny in this high-impact guide to entrepreneurial success and financial abundance. He speaks incredibly fast, but his advice is always understandable, his ideas enlightening and affirming. These are practical, energy-conserving ideas, delivered with humanity and tireless enthusiasm. Dumas wants... Read More

THE CONDUCTORS

THE CONDUCTORS

by Nicole Glover | Read by Bahni Turpin

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

Bahni Turpin's versatile narration pulls together the many threads in Nicole Glover's debut novel, a heady mix of historical fantasy, magic, and mystery set in post-Civil War Philadelphia. Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, once conductors on the Underground Railroad, now use their magical powers to investigate crimes in Philadelphia's Black community. When one of their friends is found... Read More

THE CONFESSIONS OF JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU

THE CONFESSIONS OF JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau | Read by Jonathan Keeble

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Judging by his own account, Rousseau must have been a difficult man to know. Irritable, paranoid, and egomaniacal, he is nonetheless portrayed on his own terms by narrator Jonathan Keeble in this audio version of one the first autobiographies. It would be easy to dismiss many of Rousseau's claims about his former friends conspiring against him, or to tone down his anger, or to... Read More

CONFLICTED

CONFLICTED How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes

by Ian Leslie | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

COOK, EAT, REPEAT

COOK, EAT, REPEAT Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Nigella Lawson | Read by Nigella Lawson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE COST OF KNOWING

THE COST OF KNOWING

by Brittney Morris | Read by Kevin R. Free

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kevin R. Free captures the heart and mind of 16-year-old Alex Rufus, who is suffering in ways most teens can't imagine. Since his parents' death, he can touch objects and see people's futures. Free sensitively depicts Alex's experiences and growing anxiety. He envisions breaking up with his girlfriend, then, worse, views the imminent death of his 12-year-old brother,... Read More

THE COUNCILLOR

THE COUNCILLOR

by E.J. Beaton | Read by Moira Quirk

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Moira Quirk narrates an intricate fantasy with historical and political elements. When the Queen of Elira dies suddenly, it is up to Lysande Prior to step into the role of Councillor and choose the next monarch from the available candidates. Quirk perfectly captures the nerves and fear Lysande experiences in her new position, as well as the deep grief she feels at the loss of... Read More

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 5

by Sarah J. Maas | Read by Stina Nielsen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Stina Nielsen builds a nuanced personality for Nesta, who is known to listeners of this series as the prickly and sometimes cruel older sister. Nesta is in a bad way and is ripe for an intervention by her family, who whisk her off and force her to begin physical training with Cassian and to work the remainder of each day shelving books in the library. She becomes... Read More

THE COUSINS

THE COUSINS

by Karen M. McManus | Read by Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinders, David Garelik, Julia Whelan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Four narrators deliver this mystery involving an affluent family and their secrets. Four teens are summoned by their wealthy, estranged grandmother to spend the summer with her. She disinherited their parents years ago, and now the parents see dollar signs in getting back in her good graces. Sarah Skaer embraces Milly's youthful point of view. Kate Reinders's sulky delivery of... Read More

CREATION STORIES

CREATION STORIES Landscapes and the Human Imagination

by Anthony Aveni | Read by L.J. Ganser

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator L.J. Ganser helps listeners understand the complex, well-researched creation stories that are presented in the five sections of this title. He brings an easy, rolling style to the scientific explanations for the origins of life that are grouped with the cultural ones. Ganser makes sense of a range of answers to our search for meaning. His delivery brings a personal... Read More

CROSSING THE LINE

CROSSING THE LINE A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

by Kareem Rosser | Read by Landon Woodson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author's memoir of growing up in a tough Philadelphia neighborhood and finding a haven in a nearby barn where he learns to play polo reads like a novel. Narrator Landon Woodson delivers the story perfectly, bringing out its range of emotions. The sport sticks with Rosser, who goes off to military school and continues to play polo. Eventually, it becomes his salvation.... Read More

A CRY UNHEARD

A CRY UNHEARD New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness

Earphones Award Winner

by James Lynch | Read by Charles Henderson Norman

Bancroft Press | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audio publication of a 2000 print book is still relevant today. An uplifting work, it explains how and why consistent human contact is important to good health. It's full of concise research summaries and moving anecdotes about those with social lifestyles associated with premature death--people without partners, folks who are widowed, people who don't connect with others... Read More

CRYING IN H MART

CRYING IN H MART A Memoir

by Michelle Zauner | Read by Michelle Zauner

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Michelle Zauner's quiet, measured narration matches the graceful power of her prose in this poignant memoir about her mother's life and death. She writes about their complicated relationship, her Korean-American identity, the uneven terrain of grief, and, perhaps most vividly, food. There's a beautiful sureness to her narration throughout, but her voice comes alive when... Read More

DANCER

DANCER

by Colum McCann | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Dion Graham's whispery baritone delivers a quietly commanding performance of Colum McCann's beautifully written novel inspired by ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's life. Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the postwar Soviet Union, young Rudi faces deprivation, hunger, and government repression. Graham wisely doesn't attempt character voices yet deftly takes us through Rudi's... Read More

DANGEROUS GIFT

DANGEROUS GIFT Wings of Fire, Book 14

by Tui T. Sutherland | Read by Shannon McManus

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Shannon McManus returns for the long-awaited 14th installment in the Wings of Fire series. Hundreds of Pantalan dragons narrowly escape Queen Wasp's mind control by braving the long flight across the ocean to the IceWing Kingdom. There Queen Snowfall wants nothing to do with the strangers and is intent on keeping her kingdom safe from other tribes at all costs. McManus... Read More

DANGEROUS WOMEN

DANGEROUS WOMEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Hope Adams | Read by Fenella Woolgar

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Fenella Woolgar's performance of this terrific novel, based on a true story, is as satisfying as a full-cast recording. In 1841, the Rajah leaves London with 180 women prisoners sentenced to transportation to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania). Also on board are the captain, a physician, a clergyman, and optimistic 23-year-old Kezia Hayter, the ship's matron. Kezia chooses... Read More

THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED

THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED Stories

by Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell [Trans.] | Read by Rebecca Soler

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Soler's superb narration makes this collection of horror stories irresistible. She skillfully commands accents and tone with such finesse that it seems like there are multiple narrators. These socially conscious stories are unconventionally macabre--at times achingly, gruesomely, yet utterly fascinating. Set in modern-day Argentina, these eclectic works feature zombie... Read More

THE DARK ARCHIVE

THE DARK ARCHIVE Invisible Library, Book 7

by Genevieve Cogman | Read by Kristin Altherton

Pan Macmillan | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Kristin Atherton takes command of the seventh title in this fantasy-adventure series. Between tracking down rare books, maintaining a supernatural peace treaty, and training her new fae apprentice, librarian/spy Irene Winters has plenty to do. And then the assassination attempts begin. Each scheme Irene and her companions uncover leads them deeper into a tangle of new... Read More

DARK HORSES

DARK HORSES

by Susan Mihalic | Read by Alex Allwine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alex Allwine performs this domestic thriller involving an inappropriate relationship between Roan, an Olympic-class equestrian, and her controlling father, who is her coach. Friends and fans see Roan as blessed; she's wealthy and beautiful, a skilled athlete, and well loved by her charming father. What they don't know is that her father dictates her every move--as a... Read More

DARROW'S NIGHTMARE

DARROW'S NIGHTMARE Los Angeles 1911-1913

by Nelson Johnson | Read by Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook brings to life one of the early twentieth century's most noteworthy advocates of the labor movement--the famed attorney Clarence Darrow--and his sympathetic wife, Ruby. Graham Winton's skillful narration also illuminates this era's fierce battles between industrialists and labor, which culminated in the October 1, 1910, bombing of the LOS ANGELES TIMES building,... Read More

THE DAUGHTERS OF YALTA

THE DAUGHTERS OF YALTA The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

by Catherine Grace Katz | Read by Christine Rendel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
History

This fascinating audiobook changes the focus from three of the men who helped win WWII to their daughters, whose collective efforts were surprisingly helpful to the war effort, particularly at the Yalta Conference in 1945. In attendance were Kathleen Harriman, Sarah Churchill, and Anna Roosevelt, daughters of the U.S. ambassador to Russia, the British prime minister, and the... Read More

DAWN RAID

DAWN RAID

by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith | Read by Tameka Sowman Vahatau

Dreamscape Media | Unabridged
Children

The native New Zealand accent of narrator Tameka Sowman Vahatau brings the setting to life in this audiobook about a biracial--white and Samoan--girl. Through 12-year-old Sofia's first-person diary entries, listeners hear about the political unrest in 1970s New Zealand. When Sofia's brother joins the Polynesian Panthers, a group protesting government injustices against native... Read More

THE DAY THE WORLD STOPS SHOPPING

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

by J.B. MacKinnon | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE DE BERCY AFFAIR

THE DE BERCY AFFAIR

by Gordon Holmes | Read by Jack de Golia

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

First published in 1910, this work is part of Gordon Holmes's Winter and Furneaux mystery series. Jack de Golia narrates the brief yet complex story of the murder of French actress Rose de Bercy. Chief Inspector Winter is flummoxed due to the many suspects. When Winter's partner, DI Furneux, enters the picture, events and motives begin to coalesce. De Golia changes his voice... Read More

DEAREST JOSEPHINE

DEAREST JOSEPHINE

by Caroline George | Read by Nathalie Powell

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nathalie Pownall narrates an unconventional young adult romance audiobook. After her father dies, Josie takes a gap year before starting university. As she begins to renovate the English estate her father bequeathed to her, she comes across letters addressed to her that were written by someone 200 years earlier. Pownall's performance, though spirited, is far from stellar.... Read More

DEATH WITH A DOUBLE EDGE

DEATH WITH A DOUBLE EDGE Daniel Pitt, Book 4

by Anne Perry | Read by Samuel Roukin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join junior barrister Daniel Pitt as he seeks to uncover the mystery behind the savage murder of his colleague and how it may affect Britain's shipbuilding plans in the years just before WWI. Samuel Roukin is a confident narrator whose steady timing allows this mystery, with its many twists and turns, to unfold at a good pace. His subtle characterizations of the key... Read More

THE DEEPEST BREATH

THE DEEPEST BREATH

by Meg Grehan | Read by Heather O'Neill

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

This brief yet moving audiobook written in verse features Stevie, an 11-year-old Irish girl who keeps her anxiety at bay by trying to learn absolutely everything. The one thing she most wants to know, however, she can't learn from her caring mom and doesn't know how to find in a book: Why does she get such a fizzy feeling around her friend Chloe? Narrator Heather O'Neill's... Read More

DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE

DELPHINE AND THE SILVER NEEDLE

by Alyssa Moon | Read by Cassandra Morris

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris delivers an enchanting performance of an orphaned mouse's journey to uncover her past, set within the world of Disney's CINDERELLA. Delphine's exceptional skill as a dressmaker earns her the privilege of designing the mouse-princess's dress for the ball. Legends of past "tailor mice" point to a silver sewing needle with magical properties that could... Read More

DESCENT INTO NIGHT

DESCENT INTO NIGHT

by Edem Awumey, Phyllis Aronoff [Trans.], Howard Scott [Trans.] | Read by Kevin Hanchard

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

In an unnamed West African country, a group of politically active university students decide to use street performance and the works of Samuel Beckett to battle against a repressive authoritarian regime and change the world. Award-winning Canadian actor Kevin Hanchard readily captures the sense of innocence, fear, and betrayal that one student feels when he is arrested and... Read More

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW A Black Power Manifesto

by Charles M. Blow | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES

by Jesse Q. Sutanto | Read by Risa Mei

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Multilingual Risa Mei is the perfect narrator for this combination mystery/rom-com involving Indonesian-Chinese-American Meddy Chan, her mother, and her Aunties. The author's introduction states that the Aunties' broken English straddles a fine line between authenticity and stereotype and is not a reflection of their intelligence; this note is important in our age of cultural... Read More

DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE

DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE

by Deepa Anappara | Read by Indira Varma, Himesh Patel, Antonia Aakeel

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is much more than a mystery; it is an intimate record of the poverty, the misery, and the aspirations of those living in marginalized and vulnerable communities in India where children are disappearing. Narrator Antonio Aakeel voices 9-year-old Jai, a fan of police television shows who decides that he and his buddies will find the missing children. While Aakeel... Read More

DOG FLOWERS

DOG FLOWERS A Memoir

by Danielle Geller | Read by Charley Flyte

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At a slow pace that reflects the author's introspective tone, Charley Flyte narrates this melancholy memoir. The author is a Navajo woman who had few connections to her Native family until the death of her alcoholic mother took her on a journey--both literal and metaphoric--to her roots. In a languid voice, Flyte recounts Geller's rejection of her abusive parents and her... Read More

DOWN COMES THE NIGHT

DOWN COMES THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Allison Saft | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld displays impressive vocal versatility in this gentle fantasy. Wren's gift for healing magic is unparalleled, but it's not enough to save her from the Queen's wrath when Wren's reckless actions go too far. Dismissed from the guard, Wren travels to the estate of a lord who is seeking her assistance, only to find Hal Cavendish, her kingdom's sworn enemy,... Read More

DREAM GIRL

DREAM GIRL

by Laura Lippman | Read by Jason Culp

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lippman's ingenious, allusive, and daring new thriller makes for a massively entertaining audiobook. It nods to REAR WINDOW, MISERY, and a host of other iconic suspense fictions, even including a brief appearance by Lippman's own trademark PI Tess Monaghan, but Lippman spins them all. Narrator Jason Culp creates vivid characters and delivers emotion, color, humor, and momentum... Read More

THE DUKE AND I

THE DUKE AND I Bridgertons, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Quinn | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor tells the first Bridgerton story with heaps of heart. One of an alphabetically named group of eight siblings, Daphne Bridgerton has always imagined she will marry and start her own family. Then she meets her brother Anthony's friend, Simon, the Duke of Hastings, whose childhood trauma has him vowing never to marry and never to father children. Landor... Read More

THE DUKE UNDONE

THE DUKE UNDONE

by Joanna Lowell | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Mary Jane Wells doesn't miss a step in delivering this entertaining and well-crafted love story. When beautiful Lucy Coover, an art student at the Royal Academy, stumbles across a drunk, naked, and very handsome man passed out in an alley, she can't help but later paint him in his magnificent and easily recognizable "altogether." Happily for the listener and Lucy,... Read More

DYING HORRIBLY AT HARDING HALL

DYING HORRIBLY AT HARDING HALL Harding Hall, Book 1

by Ram W. Tuli | Read by Peter Baker

Ram W. Tuli | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Baker's rich tones help to create the convincing backdrop of 1930s England in this vintage-style mystery. The bizarre deaths of 11 members of the Harding family start to worry brothers Lars and Loris only when they realize they are next to inherit Harding Hall. That will put them at the top of the death list, so they call in the brilliant Indian detective Depak... Read More

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