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ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS

ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS Eight Men Who Changed America

by Jared Cohen | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

While not a professional historian, the author of this lively audiobook offers pitch-perfect anecdotes and insights on the eight presidents who inherited the position from their elected predecessors. Award-winning narrator Arthur Morey keeps the pace up throughout, and when sharing particularly remarkable stories--Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech directly following an attempt on... Read More

ACROSS THAT BRIDGE

ACROSS THAT BRIDGE A Vision for Change and the Future of America

by John Lewis, Brenda Jones | Read by Keith David

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Hearing essays and reflections from Congressman John Lewis's 2012 book gives one a sense of the old and the new. Keith David's warm baritone projects great equanimity and power--which are exactly what inform Lewis's recollections. Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders in 1960 and has continued as a Civil Rights leader and advocate throughout his life, which includes 17... Read More

ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS

ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS The Questioneers, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrea Beaty | Read by Bahni Turpin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Sound effects and Bahni Turpin's lively narration enhance this vivid story of an inquisitive future scientist. Ada must rely on her curious mind, her friends Rosie and Iggy, and her family to rescue a friend in trouble. When Uncle Ned goes airborne in a pair of inflatable pants and can't land himself, Ada devises a scientific plan to bring him back to earth. The plot's twists... Read More

THE ADOLESCENT

THE ADOLESCENT

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear [Trans.], Larissa Volokhonsky [Trans.] | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator P.J. Ochlan splendidly brings to life this classic work, which has also been given the title A RAW YOUTH in some translations. The novel concerns the two desires of 19-year-old Arkady Dologruky: to expose his scoundrel of a father for who he really is and to win the woman he loves. Like many Dostoevsky's works, this audiobook depicts an individual's inner world.... Read More

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

Earphones Award Winner

by Addie Thorley | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Tim Campbell

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Accomplished narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Tim Campbell impressively narrate Addie Thorley's debut historical fantasy, in which King Louis IV and much of his court are poisoned to death. Mirabelle, a thoughtful young alchemist, is inadvertently caught up in her mother's plans to overthrow the monarchy. Zeller portrays her with anguish and hopefulness befitting the brilliant... Read More

THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

by Melissa Rivero | Read by Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Undocumented Peruvian Ana Falcón is compassionately portrayed by narrator Frankie Corzo in Rivero's touted debut novel. Ana dreams that her family, who have left a crumbling Peru, will flourish in America. Even in Peru, Ana's indigenous heritage made her a second-class citizen--unlike her urban, educated, and lighter-skinned husband. Whereas he sees returning to Peru as a... Read More

AFRICAN SAMURAI

AFRICAN SAMURAI The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

by Thomas Lockley, Geoffrey Girard | Read by Gary Furlong

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gary Furlong narrates a vivid biography of the first non-native samurai in feudal Japan, who was also black. Yasuke has achieved almost mythical status in Japan, but he was very much human and flawed. While telling Yasuke's life story, the audiobook covers a staggering amount, including the topics of warfare and politics. Furlong capably imbues the well-researched and detailed... Read More

AFTER EMILY

AFTER EMILY Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

by Julie Dobrow | Read by Andrea Gallo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Andrea Gallo instructively narrates the intriguing true story of two women of Amherst, Massachusetts, Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, who brought Emily Dickinson's literary genius to light after her death. Gallo's clear, steady assertiveness conveys an unfolding audio docudrama filled with surprises about who and what shaped the poet, whom the world... Read More

AFTER THE MIRACLE

AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets

by Art Shamsky, Erik Sherman | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross, Art Shamsky [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Todd Ross narrates with enthusiasm as Art Shamsky brings together several members of the 1969 New York Mets to reminisce about the amazing season that would result in a World Series title. Ross never tries to imitate anyone and knows when to craft a serious tone. He tells the stories of players who put together an incredible pennant run, and his interest in every... Read More

THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM

THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

by Shoshana Zuboff | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Shoshana Zuboff offers a well-researched and detailed examination of a global framework that, in her view, threatens everyone who employs even a trace of Internet-based technology. The highly accomplished and experienced Nicol Zanzarella applies her impressive skills; her narration is, at once, sincere, powerful, intense, and deeply personal. Zuboff coins the term "surveillance... Read More

AIN'T I A WOMAN

AIN'T I A WOMAN Black Women and Feminism, 2nd Edition

by Bell Hooks | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Adenrele Ojo is a familiar, poetic voice for a heavy topic: black women's unique experiences with racism and sexism, and their role in standing with black men and white women in the fight against these oppressions. This classic book doesn't feel dated, though the buzzword "intersectionality" is never uttered. The audiobook is a primer on the study of black women in... Read More

ALL THE WAY

ALL THE WAY My Life in Four Quarters

by Joe Namath, Sean Mortimer, Don Yaeger | Read by Joe Namath

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

One of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Joe Namath, narrates his own work, and he's perfect for the dual role of storyteller and narrator. Namath describes his life--growing up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; his relationship with the legendary Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama; and his high-profile role with the New York Jets on the field and off. He narrates with an... Read More

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

by TE Carter | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this moving audiobook, exceptionally narrated by Frankie Corzo, Lexie can't stop running. Five years ago, everything changed after a brutal act of violence. Since then, she has switched schools, changed names, and disconnected from family. But as her senior year begins, something is different. She makes friends, meets a boy, and joins the drama club. Corzo expertly voices... Read More

AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD

AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD A Geography of Faith

Earphones Award Winner

by Barbara Brown Taylor | Read by Barbara Brown Taylor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Author and narrator Barbara Brown Taylor's welcoming tone and spot-on phrasing combine perfectly in this engaging consideration of nature and the divine. In chapters with such titles as "The Practice of Getting Lost" and "The Practice of Carrying Water," the theology professor and former Episcopal priest blends discussions of the mystical with the everyday. She is an engaging... Read More

THE ALTRUISTS

THE ALTRUISTS

by Andrew Ridker | Read by Mark Bramhall

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mark Bramhall's narration captures Arthur Alter's evolution from total self-involvement to something better. This novel is dark, humorous, compelling, and all about family. Alter is a mostly failed academic with two semi-dysfunctional adult children who are mourning their mother, Francine, and resenting the affair their father carried out while Francine was on her deathbed.... Read More

AMATEUR

AMATEUR A True Story About What Makes a Man

by Thomas Page McBee | Read by Thomas Page McBee

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and columnist Thomas Page McBee narrates his thought-provoking memoir about masculinity with an engaging clarity and openness. McBee, who wrote about transitioning to male gender in his award-winning memoir, MAN ALIVE, is living with his girlfriend when the audiobook opens. Finding himself in a near fistfight with an aggressive jerk one day, the tattooed and... Read More

AMERICAN DREAMER

AMERICAN DREAMER Dreamers, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Adriana Herrera | Read by Sean Crisden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Sean Crisden wraps listeners in the warmth of food truck owner Nesto Vasquez, whose Dominican heritage inspires his delicious Afro-Caribbean food. Nesto parks his truck opposite the Ithaca Library and strikes immediate sparks with librarian Jude Fuller. Both men have to balance work priorities and family baggage before they get their sweet and steamy... Read More

AMERICAN FAIRYTALE

AMERICAN FAIRYTALE Dreamers, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Adriana Herrera | Read by Sean Crisden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Sean Crisden amplifies the electric chemistry between Milo and Tomas, who are longing for a fairy-tale romance. Milo, a passionate social worker, is fiercely loyal to his friends and family. Crisden gives him an enthusiastic voice with a light accent to convey his Cuban, Jamaican, and New York City roots. At an LGBTQ fundraiser, Milo has a steamy encounter with... Read More

AMERICAN MOONSHOT

AMERICAN MOONSHOT John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

by Douglas Brinkley | Read by Stephen Graybill

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Stephen Graybill's assured performance captures the author's focus on the space race and its part in the social and political complexities of the Cold War era. As the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, American historian Douglas Brinkley celebrates the Kennedy administration's role in the nascent aerospace industry. Listeners gain renewed... Read More

AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

by Terrance Hayes | Read by Terrance Hayes

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

In a smooth voice and a measured tone, poet Terrance Hayes delivers 70 of his own sonnets condemning what he calls America's assassins: racism, violence, and prejudice against black people. In this National Book Award-nominated collection, Hayes unflinchingly criticizes President Trump and decries hate crimes against blacks throughout history. Hayes's political opinions are... Read More

AMERICAN SPY

AMERICAN SPY

by Lauren Wilkinson | Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This is not your grandfather's audio spy thriller. Marie Mitchell, a young African-American officer, is routinely bypassed and underestimated by the old boys in the intelligence networks she works for, and it has made her a much harder-headed customer than is suggested by the warm, feminine voice with which Turpin skillfully misleads you. When Marie is finally offered a plum... Read More

AN AMERICAN SUMMER

AN AMERICAN SUMMER Love and Death in Chicago

by Alex Kotlowitz | Read by Alex Kotlowitz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alex Kotlowitz narrates his audiobook about gun violence in Chicago, and he provides the necessary pathos and emotion you'd expect when an author reads his own work. He has a deep voice and excellent diction, and he knows when to pause for effect, raise or lower his voice for emphasis, and heighten his emotions to make a point. However, he does narrate like a person without... Read More

AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN

AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN A History from Colonial Times to Today

Earphones Award Winner

by Pamela S. Nadell | Read by Suzanne Toren

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Suzanne Toren employs her considerable vocal talent to help listeners view America's history through the lens of the female Jewish experience. The work begins in 1654 with the first arrivals and spans more than 350 years. Toren's steady voice and empathetic tone, clear diction, and comfortable pacing engage listeners with this survey of the personal stories of... Read More

AMNESTY

AMNESTY Amberlough Dossier, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Lara Elena Donnelly | Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Mary Robinette Kowal narrates a powerful rumination on the aftermath of war in this third installment of the Amberlough Dossier series. How do you determine guilt or innocence when no one is truly blameless but a reckoning is still owed? Five years have passed since Amberlough City fell to the One State Party and was subsequently liberated by a group of... Read More

ANCESTRAL NIGHT

ANCESTRAL NIGHT

by Elizabeth Bear | Read by Nneka Okoye

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Nneka Okoye takes listeners on a journey with this sprawling science-fiction tale, which is both epic and intimate. Haimey Dz just wants to get by--to stay safe onboard a salvage ship with her partner, Connla, and their sarcastic AI, Singer. But her visit to a potentially valuable wreck kicks off a galaxy-spanning adventure involving alien parasites, space pirates, and... Read More

ANGELS IN AMERICA

ANGELS IN AMERICA A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner | Read by Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Intimate, surreal, and devastatingly honest. Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield lead a superb Broadway cast in this audiobook revival of Tony Kushner's 1991 award-winning examination of the 1980s AIDS crisis in America. It is easy to forget how shaken and frightened the country, especially the gay community, was in the shadow of an unknown and lethal disease.... Read More

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

by Jacky Colliss Harvey | Read by Nicola Barber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Nicola Barber brightly conveys the author's love and wonder for the animal-human relationship and its emotional complexities. For example--why do we choose the pets that we do? Jacky Colliss Harvey's voracious curiosity won't disappoint listeners who love animals. However, Barber delivers the book's intellectually probing material as if she were talking to a pet,... Read More

ANNIE JOHN

ANNIE JOHN

by Jamaica Kincaid | Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Robin Miles's expert narration truly brings out the best in Jamaica Kincaid's tender account of a girl's childhood in Antigua. Miles's performance savors the tastes and smells of the novel's Caribbean setting--a great strength of Kincaid's writing--and re-creates the excitement, innocence, and sorrows of childhood with grace and skill. In rare moments Miles's pacing seems just... Read More

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers

by Tea Krulos | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Eric Michael Summerer deftly introduces the author as he investigates the thoughts of those predicting and preparing for turbulent times--terrorism, natural disasters, the end of the world. Summerer's Krulos is a first-rate interviewer who draws out even the most secretive individual. His appealing voice is realistic and respectful of each interviewee. Krulos visits... Read More

ARCTIC DREAMS

ARCTIC DREAMS

by Barry Lopez | Read by James Naughton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a warm, inviting voice, James Naughton narrates Lopez's detailed natural history and firsthand observations of the Arctic, originally published in 1986. Lopez spent four years researching the ecosystem of this fascinating world. This audiobook provides an encompassing listening experience as he closely observe animals indigenous to the region, where night and day don't... Read More

THE ARMORED SAINT

THE ARMORED SAINT Sacred Throne 1

by Myke Cole | Read by Colleen Delaney and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

A full-cast narration led by Colleen Delaney makes it easy to dive into this fantasy world, and soon every character feels familiar. It's a story full of religious tyrants, dark secrets, and a brewing rebellion in which any act of magic could open a portal to hell. As a result, each of the obstacles the characters encounter packs a significant emotional punch. And the numerous... Read More

THE ART OF IS

THE ART OF IS Improvising as a Way of Life

by Stephen Nachmanovitch | Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Robertson Dean lends his judicious pacing and artful vocal variation to this production, accompanying listeners through musician and teacher Nachmanovitch's reflections. "Improvising is life itself," Nachmanovitch says; his book redefines improvisation as more than a creative practice--it's also a step to finding one's true self, one's own "skilled discipline of doing... Read More

THE ART OF LOSING

THE ART OF LOSING

by Lizzy Mason | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Suzy Jackson is the perfect fit for this YA fiction, the heartfelt story of Harley's journey through growth, forgiveness, and love in the aftermath of betrayal and loss. With its poignant moments of sorrow, the story calls for a narrator who can match the characters' intensity of emotions. It's apparent in Jackson's performance from the first few moments how effective... Read More

AUGUST ISLE

AUGUST ISLE

by Ali Standish | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kyla Garcia captures the vacation setting and intrigue of this light summer mystery. The summer before Miranda starts eighth grade, her parents send her to August Isle, Florida, to stay with her mom's oldest friend, who has a daughter her age, Samira. Miranda explores the place where her mother vacationed as a girl and finds a new friend in Sammy. But mysteries abound,... Read More

AUSTRALIAN HEIST

AUSTRALIAN HEIST

by James Phelps | Read by Peter Hosking

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook tells the outrageous story of a dramatic heist and, at the same time, describes the nation of Australia in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In June 1862, a gang of robbers pulled off Australia's most daring crime, absconding with 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million today. Peter Hosking's performance is complicated. On the one hand, his... Read More

THE AYE-AYE AND I

THE AYE-AYE AND I

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Oh, the utter delight of adventuring in Madagascar with the late English naturalist Gerald Durrell and his poly-voiced narrator, Rupert Degas, who beautifully channels Durrell's slightly raspy voice, his exuberant personality, and his enthusiasm for every variety of fauna, including human. The book describes a 1990s trip to Madagascar's remotest regions to find and collect a... Read More

THE BACK CHANNEL

THE BACK CHANNEL A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

by William J. Burns | Read by Mark Bramhall, William J. Burns [Prologue]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

From a diplomat and former secretary of state who was on the scene as the Cold War ended, and as the world changed again after the 9/11 attacks, comes an audiobook that effectively details the recent history of American foreign policy and the key role it played, and plays, in the world. Burns narrates the prologue, and his voice has the gravitas and expression you might expect... Read More

BAKHITA

BAKHITA A Novel of the Saint of Sudan

by Véronique Olmi | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An illuminating account of the life of African saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita, canonized in 2000, is enhanced by Bahni Turpin's compelling narration. Weaving together an audible tapestry of diverse voices and historical places, Turpin's steady cadence effortlessly ushers listeners into a past world. She invites them to walk alongside Bakhita from her childhood in Darfur in... Read More

BAND SINISTER

BAND SINISTER

Earphones Award Winner

by KJ Charles | Read by Cornell Collins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Cornell Collins delivers a spirited narration of a charming love story. Siblings Guy and Amanda Frisby are living in the country in genteel poverty when an unexpected series of events leaves them at the mercy of their neighbor, Sir Philip Rookwood. Guy and Amanda have been chafing at the restrictions placed on them for many years, although in different ways. Collins perfectly... Read More

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

by Pitchaya Sudbanthad | Read by Euan Morton

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Scottish actor Euan Morton adopts a primarily American intonation for Pitchaya Sudbanthad's impressive multilayered evocation of Bangkok past, present, and future. The choice makes sense, as many of the characters are American visitors or Thai expats living in the States. When called upon, Morton's Thai pronunciation is almost always correct. The audiobook comprises short... Read More

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING

by Matt Mendez | Read by Ramón de Ocampo, Cynthia Farrell, Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators tackle the struggles of Mexican-American teens and their families in El Paso, Texas. Each narrator provides a precise portrayal of Mendez's fully realized characters: Juan; his mom, Fabi; and his best friend, JD. Timothy Andrés Pabon captures Juan's coolness and his frustration with being the star basketball player on a losing team. Cynthia Farrell embodies... Read More

BE BOLD

BE BOLD Finding Your Fierce

by Rachel Billups | Read by Rachel Billups

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Pastor Rachel Billups delivers a lively performance as she narrates her audiobook encouraging listeners to be bold and "live their fierce." Using biblical histories and personal experiences as examples, Billups does not shy away from the hard truths of life but works to inspire the listener to find the lessons in these trials. Billups's emotions are powerful in this audiobook... Read More

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rupert Degas delivers a bang-up performance--including tiger growls and buffalo snorts--of Gerald Durrell's colorful and often comic memories of his first job as a student keeper at England's Whipsnade Zoological Park. Be forewarned that the legendary founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust wrote the book in 1970 about events in 1945. While he's forward-thinking about... Read More

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE Harper McClain, Book 2

by Christi Daugherty | Read by Sophie Amoss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sophie Amoss introduces crime reporter Harper McClain, who is hardworking, passionate, and complex. While she has her own complicated relationship with the police and unsolved tragedies from her past, Harper is always committed to telling the whole story, regardless of who is involved. When a beautiful, young law student is murdered in downtown Savannah, the city wants... Read More

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Poetry of Mister Rogers

by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers | Read by John Lithgow, Kate Mulgrew

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators John Lithgow and Kate Mulgrew alternately share poems and songs created by Fred Rogers for his long-standing television show. Rogers's messages affirm children and give voice to the myriad feelings, good and bad, that all people feel from time to time. Wonder, joy, questions, exploration, outsides and insides, a new baby, one-of-a-kindness, needs emotional and... Read More

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

by Peter Swanson | Read by Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sophie Amoss and Graham Halstead team up to narrate this twisty thriller about Hen, a bipolar artist who's convinced she's solved a cold case murder. Because of her illness, however, neither the police nor her husband completely believes her--especially when she accuses her neighbor, a well-respected high school teacher. Amoss, who performs the majority of the audiobook, is... Read More

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR The Evermore Chronicles, Book 1

by Emily R. King | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo captures the passion of Everly Donovan, a girl who lives her life one stolen second at a time. When the man who murdered her family reappears, Everly finally has her chance for revenge--if her own delicate ticker doesn't get her first. Ezzo delivers an emotional performance full of drama, angst, and adventure as Everly's habitual secret-keeping creates... Read More

BETTER NOT POUT

BETTER NOT POUT

by Annabeth Albert | Read by Sean Crisden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

While listening to this audiobook, it takes time to get used to Sean Crisden's narration, particularly the voice he creates for Teddy MacNally--a guy who loves Christmas. But listeners will warm up to Crisden when grumpy Nicholas Nowicki, a military police officer, enters the scene. When Teddy enthusiastically agrees to play an elf for a charity event, he finds he has his work... Read More

BIASED

BIASED Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

by Jennifer L. Eberhardt | Read by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jennifer L. Eberhardt sounds like she's trying to deliver the words of her audiobook clearly while adding some emotional depth. In doing so, her narration comes across as too stilted, even when such an effect could be useful in projecting emotional tension. In powerful prose she explores how implicit bias works in a myriad of ways. This audiobook weaves her life's work and her... Read More

THE BIG NINE

THE BIG NINE How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

by Amy Webb | Read by Amanda Dolan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amanda Dolan narrates Webb's exploration of the social problems (mostly) and possibilities (a few) that artificial intelligence could create. By first examining the major companies exploring artificial intelligence and then mapping out best- and worst-case scenarios, Webb ensures that listeners understand his position on how unlikely the optimistic projections are, based upon... Read More

BIG SKY

BIG SKY Jackson Brodie, Book 5

by Kate Atkinson | Read by Jason Isaacs

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join P.I. Jackson Brodie as what should be a simple investigation grows into something much more sinister. Narrator Jason Isaacs (who starred in the "Case Histories" TV series) is the perfect match for this multifaceted story. His confident and polished delivery allows both the wit in the writing and the tension of the plot to come together. His accents sound... Read More

THE BINDING

THE BINDING

by Bridget Collins | Read by Carl Prekopp

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carl Prekopp's narration takes the listener to a world in which people's memories are voluntarily removed and bound into books. The lives of Emmett Farmer, a young man who was born with the sacred skill of bookbinding, and Lucian Darnay, the only son of a wealthy family with noble ties, are intertwined in ways neither can recall. Prekopp's performance draws the listener deeply... Read More

THE BIRD KING

THE BIRD KING

by G. Willow Wilson | Read by Elmira Rahim

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Elmira Rahim narrates a story about the exceptional power of friendship, love, and faith, set during the turbulent period of the Spanish Inquisition. As the inevitable fall of Granada looms, Fatima and Hassan, a royal concubine and the palace mapmaker, flee in an attempt to save themselves from the clutches of the Inquisition. While there are some slight pacing issues, Rahim... Read More

A BITE-SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE

A BITE-SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment

by Stephane Henaut, Jeni Mitchell | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Derek Perkins narrates this engrossing audiobook on French cuisine with style, sass, and a sense of irony. His decidedly English accent and diction work well with the stories of French food and provide a kind of middle road through the culinary love-hate relationship between France and the U.S. The authors, a husband-and-wife team, are American and French. Stories of France's... Read More

BIVOUAC

BIVOUAC

by Kwame Dawes | Read by Beresford Bennett

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Beresford Bennett's narration of this dramatic story set in Jamaica during the 1980s moves at a steady pace. The protagonist, Ferron, is dealing with the death of his father. The rhythm of Bennett's tone and pace changes when he portrays Ferron and speaks in a Jamaican dialect. His solemn yet energetic intonation reflects the political upheaval on this small island. When he is... Read More

BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE Doug Brock, Book 3

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The latest mystery from author David Rosenfelt is a wonderful weave of twists and unpredictability, ably narrated by Fred Berman, whose joy at narration is evident from the beginning. The procedural features New Jersey State Trooper Doug Brock, who is suffering from amnesia after having been shot in the line of duty. Brock must solve a murder while retracing his investigation... Read More

THE BLACK ASCOT

THE BLACK ASCOT Inspector Ian Rutledge , Book 21

by Charles Todd | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Prebble's deep knowledge of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series, which he has long narrated, serves listeners well in this 19th addition to the canon. In it, Rutledge is asked to find out more when the prime suspect in an old murder case reportedly resurfaces. Soon Rutledge is caught up in a confounding case that's complicated by every interviewee's habit of lying... Read More

BLACK IS THE BODY

BLACK IS THE BODY Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

by Emily Bernard | Read by Emily Bernard

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Emily Bernard proves herself a gifted storyteller and a gifted narrator. This moving reading of her own essays is laced with nuance, emotion, and her ongoing struggle with the topics she addresses. As a graduate student at Yale, Bernard was one of seven victims of a random stabbing attack at a local coffee shop. Though it was traumatizing and painful, she also notes that the... Read More

BLACKWING

BLACKWING Raven's Mark, Book 1

by Ed McDonald | Read by Colin Mace

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Colin Mace is perfectly cast to portray Ryhalt Galharrow and his frightening dystopian world of magic and mayhem. He's a bitter mercenary fighting for the good guys in a world on the brink of destruction. Compressing the transitions sometimes gets in the way of Mace's otherwise excellent pacing. But he employs enough voice differentiation to make it clear who is... Read More

BLOOD OATH

BLOOD OATH

by Linda Fairstein | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat once again portrays the indomitable Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper in the 20th audiobook in the series. Rosenblat masterfully conveys Alex's independent, fighting spirit as she returns from a leave to deal with a "#me too" situation involving a prominent figure. Using her considerable acting talents to differentiate the many... Read More

BLOOD ORANGE

BLOOD ORANGE

by Harriet Tyce | Read by Julie Teal

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julie Teal delivers Tyce's debut thriller with precise depictions and authentic expression. She smoothly takes on the role of Alison, a solicitor, whose life becomes chaotic as she deals with her marriage, an affair, and her first murder case. Teal communicates Alison's thoughts and emotions with credibility and finesse. Her husband and lover are polar opposites of... Read More

BLUFF

BLUFF

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a unique, fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and unexpected humor. Narrator Lisa Flanagan creates a remarkable portrayal of its protagonist. Listeners will be drawn in by Maud Warner, a 50-something New York socialite on a mission. She is out for revenge against those she believes destroyed her family and stole her inheritance. As Flanagan depicts a large... Read More

BOLDER

BOLDER Making the Most of Our Longer Lives

Earphones Award Winner

by Carl Honoré | Read by Carl Honoré

Penguin Random House Canada | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Carl Honoré's narration of his inspiring book has the kind of energy that will help people expand what's possible for them in their later years. With his quietly assertive enthusiasm making his message hard to dismiss, he offers new research that shows how our mental image of late life has tremendous power to motivate good habits, provoke unlikely achievements, and juice up our... Read More

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS Essays

by Ross Gay | Read by Ross Gay

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After receiving acclaim and two literary awards for his poetry book CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, Ross Gay continues to share his talent in this enlightening audiobook of essays, which he narrates himself. The audiobook consists of Gay's observations on his life over a period of one year. Both his writing and narration are humorous, fluid, playful, and, at times, quite... Read More

THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END

THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END

by Patti Callahan Henry | Read by Andi Arndt, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Lauren Fortgang

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Unfold a beach chair, put on your earphones, and listen to the ultimate Southern beach story. Four very different women, portrayed by four uniquely talented narrators--Andi Arndt, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, and Lauren Fortgang--explore topics ranging from female bonding and relationship issues to medical malpractice, addiction, trauma, and the longing for a... Read More

BOOKWORM

BOOKWORM A Memoir of Childhood Reading

by Lucy Mangan | Read by Lucy Mangan

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Lucy Mangan is British, charming, and wryly funny. She's also a bookworm. As a child, she read voraciously, found fictional life to be more compelling than real life, and wasn't sure how being sent to her room by herself was a punishment. This delightful tribute to the joys of reading is further elevated by Mangan's warm tone, appealing accent, and... Read More

THE BORDER

THE BORDER The Cartel Trilogy: Book 3

by Don Winslow | Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ray Porter depicts Art Keller's turmoil with tenderness and compassion as the DEA agent turned director exposes the corruption associated with America's addiction to illegal drugs.The final installment of this sprawling trilogy about America's drug war in Mexico and Central America moves to the marbled corridors of Washington DC, ending in blood, death, and,... Read More

THE BOYS WHO WOKE UP EARLY

THE BOYS WHO WOKE UP EARLY

by A.D. Hopkins | Read by Christopher Carley

Imbrifex Books Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Christopher Carley inhabits this sublime coming-of-age story set in Virginia in the late 1950s-60s. Seventeen-year-old Stony Shelor is a good person but ends up on probation after defending a girl. Carley deftly portrays easygoing Stony and his dissimilar friend Jack, a would-be detective, as the pair assist the overworked sheriff's department. Listeners will visit the... Read More

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder

by Reshma Saujani | Read by Reshma Saujani

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani shares her own experiences with being brave, along with the experiences of other females, to empower women to accomplish their goals. She is relatable and sincere when speaking of times she decided to be brave instead of indecisive and is convincing in reassuring listeners that the act of pursuing is essential to... Read More

THE BRIDE TEST

THE BRIDE TEST

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Hoang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller narrates a deeply moving love story between two passionate and strong-willed individuals from its emotionally devastating lows to its profoundly satisfying conclusion. Khai Diep is convinced he is incapable of feeling, and, therefore, has no need of a wife. Esme Tran, despite numerous obstacles, jumps at the chance to meet a potential husband who is American.... Read More

BROAD STROKES

BROAD STROKES 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

by Bridget Quinn | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this audiobook, Quinn, an art historian, explores the lives of 15 twentieth-century American female artists such as Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning. Some have not been substantially covered in similar biographies. However, there are some disappointments. The print edition is richly illustrated, and references to plates throughout the audiobook fall flat without the images... Read More

BURNED

BURNED A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't

by Edward Humes | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Rebecca Lowman has a friendly, accessible voice that allows listeners to follow this true crime audiobook. In 1989, three young children in Bell, California, were killed when their house caught fire. Their mother escaped the blaze but was convicted of setting the fire in order to murder them. Thirty years later, her conviction, and the evidence that was used to secure... Read More

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY Lady Hardcastle, Book 5

by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The Lady Hardcastle Edwardian-period mysteries are lots of fun, especially for avid anglophiles and especially on audio. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden portrays the aristocratic detective and her trusty maid, Flo. With the help of an eclectic group of Lady Hardcastle's friends, they work to solve a fatal case of arson and save the life of a suffragette who is falsely accused of... Read More

BURNING THE SKY

BURNING THE SKY Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space

by Mark Wolverton | Read by Jon Lescault

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Imagine the plot of a great thriller: During the Cold War, the U.S. designs a secret plan to detonate nuclear bombs over Russia to nullify Soviet control of outer space. It would be a good one, right? According to this nonfiction audiobook, though, it was an actual plan--Operation Argus. Narrator Jon Lescault tells the true story in a straightforward manner, using his deep,... Read More

BURNOUT

BURNOUT The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski | Read by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski team up as writers and narrators to discuss what causes women to feel exhausted in today's world and what they can do to combat it. Using eager tones and engaging emphasis, both are compassionate and charismatic when investigating the ways women feel burnout throughout their lives. They offer a take-action approach to solving the problem so... Read More

BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS

BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury

by Deb Brandon | Read by Helen Lloyd

She Writes Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Helen Lloyd's voice often sounds remarkably calm as she narrates Deb Brandon's recollections of medical emergencies and sensory overloads. That calm accentuates the moments of sheer panic that Brandon experienced in her recovery from brain hemorrhages and multiple surgeries. Brandon, a Carnegie Mellon University math professor, shares the frustrations of relearning... Read More

THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES

THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES The Love Poems

by Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh [Trans.] | Read by Armando Duran

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An audiobook may not be the best way to experience these love poems. Each one is gorgeous--and so gorgeously read by Armando Duran that the listener may want to stop after one or two and think about them, rather than moving straight through the collection. Neruda is the definitive Spanish-language poet of the twentieth century, and his love poems hold a place comparable to... Read More

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS

by Anissa Gray | Read by January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Multiple narrators leave no emotion untouched as they dive into the struggles, anxieties, and fears of the Butler siblings, who are still reeling from the criminal convictions of their "perfect" elder sister and her husband. Adenrele Ojo's performance is steely and stoic as Althea Butler faces her long punishment. Her husband, Proctor, is portrayed by Dominic Hoffman, whose... Read More

CARELESS LOVE

CARELESS LOVE DCI Banks, Book 25

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter Robinson | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Prebble delivers this smartly written puzzle with just the right pensive attitude for the veteran detective DCI Banks and those in his orbit. Banks and his team have two murders to investigate. One looks like a suicide, but isn't. The other looks like an accident, but is it? A young woman's body is found in an abandoned car, and, while it looks like suicide, it's... Read More

CARI MORA

CARI MORA

by Thomas Harris | Read by Thomas Harris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and RED DRAGON lends insight and a gentle delivery to his new story of unbound greed and warped obsession. The gambit involving a psychopathic killer and a young woman in search of 25 million dollars in cartel gold that lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront is both entertaining and engaging. Harris uses his soft and... Read More

CAVE IN THE SNOW

CAVE IN THE SNOW Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment

by Vicki Mackenzie | Read by Georgina Sutton, Vicki Mackenzie, Tenzin Palmo

Dharma Audiobooks | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Narrator Georgina Sutton begins this story of Tenzin Palmo's journey into Tibetan Buddhism in a matter-of-fact tone compatible with the author's journalistic style. Palmo (née Diane Perry) finds a path that takes her from London's East End to India--and, eventually, to living in a cave and mediating for 12 years. Her story is filled with humor, faith, and insight. As we learn... Read More

CEMETERY ROAD

CEMETERY ROAD

Earphones Award Winner

by Greg Iles | Read by Scott Brick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Those who listen to this marvelous audiobook discover quickly that Bienville is not a sleepy Mississippi town. Rather, Scott Brick's masterful narration highlights every nuance of Greg Iles's captivating novel about Marshall McEwan, a Bienville native who left the town and became an award-winning journalist. When McEwan returns to care for his ailing father, he renews... Read More

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders

by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff [Fore.] | Read by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

True-crime journalist Billy Jensen narrates his personal look at criminal investigation in the matter-of-fact style of a reporter. Jensen worked with author Michelle McNamara on her book about the Golden State Killer, I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK. McNamara died suddenly before she could see the results of her research. Jensen made it his mission to see that her work wouldn't be... Read More

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER Hannah Swensen, Book 24

by Joanne Fluke | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook begins on an exciting note as baker Hannah Swenson informs all in her church that her wedding was invalid. Hannah has just learned that Ross, her groom, was already married and has returned to his wife. However, despite narrator Suzanne Toren's valiant efforts to keep the momentum going when the audiobook offers recipes at the end of almost every chapter, the... Read More

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty

by Bill Pennington | Read by Christian Baskous

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history. Many listeners will already know the ending. By 1995, the New York Yankees had become a terrific team led by a cadre of homegrown stars and would go on to a legendary run of first-place seasons and World Series wins. Even so, baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success... Read More

A CIRCLE OF ELEPHANTS

A CIRCLE OF ELEPHANTS

by Eric Dinerstein | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kirby Heyborne reprises his role as Nandu, a Nepalese boy, in this sequel to WHAT ELEPHANTS KNOW. The 13-year-old lives with his adoptive father, Subba-sahib, in the newly established Royal Elephant Breeding Center on the edge of the jungle in 1970s Nepal. His community is tested by earthquake, drought, a dangerous wild bull elephant, and menacing poachers. Heyborne's... Read More

CITIES

CITIES The First 6,000 Years

by Monica L. Smith | Read by Monica L. Smith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Archaeologist Monica L. Smith's passion for the history and importance of cities comes through in her narration of this audiobook. More than half of the world's population resides in cities, and this proportion is expected to grow. The intangibles of city life--the breadth of career opportunities; the plethora of dining, cultural, and entertainment options; and the large and... Read More

CITY OF GIRLS

CITY OF GIRLS

by Elizabeth Gilbert | Read by Blair Brown

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener. In 1940, after... Read More

CITY OF JASMINE

CITY OF JASMINE

by Olga Grjasnowa, Katy Derbyshire [Trans.] | Read by Assaf Cohen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Assaf Cohen is a flexible narrator whose dexterity is shown as a cast of characters grapples with growing conflict in Syria. Cohen switches from Hammoudi, the doctor, to Amal, the actress, as government surveillance and citizen unrest grow. Fans of world literature will find much to enjoy in this exploration of current events. As listeners are taken into a world of ambition,... Read More

CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

by Samuel Richardson | Read by Lucy Scott, Rober May, Katie Scarfe, Nigel Pilkington, Hayward B. Morse, Anna Bentinck, Paul Panting, Teresa Gallagher, John Foley, Samuel West

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

The cast of this audio production must be commended for undertaking one of the longest novels in English literature. They are successful in capturing Richardson's many epistolary voices. Lucy Scott gives an admirable performance as Clarissa Harlowe; her clear, soft voice captures the earnestness and innocence of the chief character. While Clarissa most often speaks sincerely to... Read More

THE CLUB

THE CLUB Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

by Leo Damrosch | Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simon Vance is a master narrator, and a highly suitable choice for this lively history of a dining club composed of eighteenth-century London's most celebrated figures, including Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, David Garrick, Edward Gibbon, Joshua Reynolds--yes, all of them men. Their gatherings were a composite portrait of the arts and letters of their time, their individual... Read More

THE COILHUNTER CHRONICLES: OMNIBUS (BOOKS 1-3)

THE COILHUNTER CHRONICLES: OMNIBUS (BOOKS 1-3)

Earphones Award Winner

by Dean F. Wilson | Read by R.C. Bray

Blue Heron Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

R.C. Bray narrates the legendary Coilhunter's adventures through the Wild North in an engrossing omnibus. Nox patrols the desolate wastes of the land as an unofficial lawman meting out justice with lead and violence as he seeks his family's murderer. Bray juggles several distinct voices throughout the three books but none so distinguished as Nox's. The Coilhunter speaks with a... Read More

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

by Faith Erin Hicks | Read by Carly Robins

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This contemporary story, narrated by Carly Robins, is inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET. It's clear that Nova Scotian Miriam Kendrick should not fall for Californian Weldon Warrick. Decades ago, Weldon's grandfather purchased the rights to the TomorrowMen comic series for a paltry sum, leaving his co-creator--Miriam's grandfather--with nothing when the series became a worldwide... Read More

CONDEMN ME NOT

CONDEMN ME NOT Accused of Witchcraft

by Heather B. Moore | Read by Nancy Peterson

Mirror Press, LLC | Unabridged
Fiction

With exquisite sensitivity, narrator Nancy Peterson channels the complex character of Susannah Martin, one of 14 women hanged for witchcraft during the infamous Salem witch trials. Susannah waits for months in abysmal conditions for her execution, repeatedly playing back memories of her long-ago courtship with her handsome beau. Peterson's depictions of both Susannahs--the... Read More

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

by David R. Dow | Read by Henry Levya

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Levya and author David R. Dow combine to deliver an emotional wallop with this first-person mystery focused on retribution. Levya convincingly inhabits the mind of Rafael, an Everyman who is thrust onto a Texas death row only to be spit out six years later. Dow's knowledge of Texas's death penalty system and its inhabitants is mind-blowing--a lawyer, he has... Read More

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

by George F. Will | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Ganim's deeply resonant voice is a wonderful instrument for the pitch and pacing patterns that make this audiobook so effective. Masculine but not overbearing, his vocal confidence makes listening an uplifting experience and is a good fit for the likable rectitude of author George Will. This is philosophical writing by a political science professor, so you'll... Read More

COUNTERFEIT

COUNTERFEIT

by Guillermo Valcárcel, Kit Maude [Trans.] | Read by Thom Rivera

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Thom Rivera plays up the danger running through this thriller. His tense tone keeps listeners in suspense as antique expert Jota accepts a commission to find a rare clock. Listeners who love a complicated plot that is constantly raising the stakes will hang on Rivera's every word as Jota and Laura, the daughter of his former partner, who joins him on the hunt, are... Read More

COURTING MR. LINCOLN

COURTING MR. LINCOLN A Novel

Earphones Award Winner

by Louis Bayard | Read by Robert Fass, Tavia Gilbert

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction. Mary Todd and Joshua Speed tell compelling stories detailing the way their lives entwined with Abraham Lincoln's. In 1840, Mary comes to Springfield with marriage on her mind. She meets handsome, charming Speed and awkward Lincoln, an unimpressive... Read More

COZY

COZY The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World

by Isabel Gillies | Read by Isabel Gillies

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The coziness in author Isabel Gillies's narration is comforting but also inspires introspection and insight. Her authentic-sounding performance in which she challenges us to redefine the term "cozy" demands consideration. That's because her down-to-earth-delivery conveys that finding what is cozy to us stacks the odds in our favor for achieving happiness and getting through... Read More

CRAFT BREW

CRAFT BREW Trouble Brewing, Book 2

by Layla Reyne | Read by Tristan James

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Tristan James returns to narrate the second audiobook in a series featuring the snappy dialogue of Bostonian Cameron Byrne and the decisive tones of retired Navy SEAL and now U.S. Attorney Dominic Price. Throughout the narrative, James does an exceptional job of maintaining consistency as the main characters dance around their personal romance and the question of whether to out... Read More

CROSS HER HEART

CROSS HER HEART

by Sarah Pinborough | Read by Antonia Beamish

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish provides the three main characters of this mystery with unique personas. Her skill helps listeners absorb a complex story that focuses on the intersection of past and present. At its core, this is a psychological thriller set in England and told from the perspectives of a single mom, Lisa; her daughter, Ava; and Lisa's best friend, Marilyn. As secrets... Read More

CROWN OF FEATHERS

CROWN OF FEATHERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicki Pau Preto | Read by Samantha Desz, Jacques Roy, Joy Osmanski, Gibson Frazier, Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A skilled cast of narrators brings a compelling fantasy world to life in Niki Pau Preto's first novel. Joy Osmanski voices Veronyka, a war orphan whose betrayal by her sister, Val, spurs her to disguise herself as a boy in order to join the rebel phoenix riders. Sev, a war orphan on a different path, is voiced in a wary, rumbling tone by Jacques Roy, whose excellent narration... Read More

DAISY MILLER

DAISY MILLER

by Henry James | Read by Penelope Rawlins

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

James's novella is brought beautifully to life by narrator Penelope Rawlins, whose chameleon voice spans continents with ease. While the narrative is performed in an appealing British accent, Rawlins easily moves into American tones when voicing the title character and her suitor, Mr. Winterbourne. As the vivacious Daisy flirts her way across Europe, Winterbourne struggles to... Read More

DARE TO LEAD

DARE TO LEAD Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

by Brené Brown | Read by Brené Brown

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

No one but Brené Brown would be as effective narrating this personal discussion on leading with authenticity and courage. She's reading all but a few ad libs, but you wouldn't know it because her strong tone and spontaneous emphasis make her sound like she's carrying out an intense coaching session. Her fans know the prolific author's basic message: Effectiveness in any realm... Read More

DAWN

DAWN Stories

by Selahattin Demirtas | Read by Baris Duyan, Ayse Eldek, Kate Reading

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Baris Duyan and Ayse Eldek earnestly deliver 12 stories of love, despair, and hope in conflict-ravaged Turkey. In this debut collection by a Turkish political hostage, Duyan and Eldek recount the everyday lives of people affected by political chaos. Listeners may perceive this audiobook as highly political, but the foreword, narrated by Kate Reading, says that it "is... Read More

DEAD MOON

DEAD MOON Threshold, Book 3

by Peter Clines | Read by Ray Porter

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Ray Porter actually catches a break with this gruesome science-fiction audiobook. Much of this thriller's cast is composed of thousands of silent zombies, so Porter doesn't have to differentiate much among them. Set in the year 2243, the story takes place on the moon, which serves as a cemetery for the overpopulated earth. Escaping her life on earth, Cali Washington... Read More

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF Glen and Stan, Book 2

by Paul Di Filippo | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook sequel to the enjoyable BIG GET-EVEN, antiheroes Glen and Stan concoct another scheme to get rich. Clearly, they have not learned their lesson about the consequences of dealing with mobsters. Narrator Keith Szarabajka has a way with dialogue that draws listeners into the story, making them worry about the main characters, even if they have slipped closer to... Read More

DEALING IN DREAMS

DEALING IN DREAMS

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With tough-sounding voices, narrator Marisol Ramirez brings the fierce and fearless characters in this feminist Latinx dystopia to life. Whether she's portraying ambitious Rocka, the head of one of Mega City's top girl gangs, Las Mal Criadas; Truck, Rocka's gravelly voiced enforcer and second-in-command; or the softer, gentler voices of men, who in this universe are relegated... Read More

DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY

DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY A Novel of George Washington's First Love

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Calvi | Read by Marisa Calin, Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Audiobook listeners can travel back to the eighteenth century and hear a youthful George Washington recount British military blunders. Later, they hear a romantic Washington's frustration over being kept apart from his first love, Mary Eliza Philpse, the belle of Yonkers. Narrator Raphael Corkhill captures the essence of Washington--his sense of honor, his dignity, his... Read More

DEATH IN PROVENCE

DEATH IN PROVENCE Penelope Kite, Book 1

by Serena Kent | Read by Antonia Beamish

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish's delightful performance highlights the fun of this new mystery series set in a small French town. Middle-aged, newly divorced Penny buys a country house in Provence, looking forward to a relaxing retirement from the forensics lab of the British Home Office. When a body is discovered floating in her pool, the police say it was an accidental drowning,... Read More

DEMOCRACY

DEMOCRACY Stories From the Long Road to Freedom

by Condoleeza Rice | Read by Condoleeza Rice, Grace Angela Henry

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The subject of democracy--how it begins and how bad actors cause it to fail--is personal to author and narrator Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state. Rice's delivery of her introduction makes the listener want to hear more of her voice, and the emotion she conveys adds strength to her argument for democracy. The handoff to Grace Angela Henry, who narrates the chapters,... Read More

A DEMON IN SILVER

A DEMON IN SILVER War of the Archons, Book 1

by R.S. Ford | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Derek Perkins is a master at delivering the world-building in this first installment of a new fantasy trilogy. An engaging storyteller, he assists the listener in differentiating the threads of the plot before they come together. The gods have abandoned this world, leaving it to warring factions. But when magic reappears in the form of a young girl, they become... Read More

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES Detective Varg, Book 1

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Rintoul uses his considerable acting talents to deliver this "Scandi blanc" parody of Scandi noir (also known as Nordic noir). Author Alexander McCall Smith introduces us to Swedish detective Ulf Varg and his colleagues in the Department of Sensitive Crimes through three cases in which no one gets killed or even seriously maimed. Rintoul effectively... Read More

THE DEVIL ASPECT

THE DEVIL ASPECT

by Craig Russell | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julian Rhind-Tutt narrates this horrific story of serial killers who are inhabited by the devil. It's 1935 in German-occupied Prague. Jungian psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek is working at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where he is interviewing six serial killers. At the same time, police investigator Lukas Smolak seeks the serial killer dubbed Leather... Read More

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER The Ravenels Meet The Wallflowers

by Lisa Kleypas | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The listener is immediately immersed in this historical romance featuring Phoebe, Lady Clare, and West Ravenel. Phoebe is a widow who travels to a family wedding, where she meets West, a reformed scoundrel who tormented her late husband when they were boys at school. Narrator Mary Jane Wells's rich voice lends itself to the story. West has matured and developed a wonderful... Read More

THE DEVOURING GRAY

THE DEVOURING GRAY

by Christine Lynn Herman | Read by Sarah Beth Goer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

From the first few haunting notes of the opening music, the supernatural setting of this audiobook is set. There's something strange happening in the small woodlands town of Four Paths, New York. In this debut audiobook narrated by Sarah Beth Goer, newcomer Violet Saunders becomes deeply enmeshed in the paranormal phenomenon that has been plaguing the town for centuries. Goer... Read More

DIG

DIG

by A.S. King | Read by Kirby Heyborne, Mike Chamberlain, A.S. King, Tonya Cornelisse

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Four teenagers' anxieties are laid bare in an unsettling YA audiobook that examines privilege, racism, and class. The Shoveler, who leads a nomadic life with his thieving mom, and Malcolm, who is struggling with his father's terminal cancer, reveal themselves through narrators Mike Chamberlain and Kirby Heyborne. Tonya Cornelisse's voice adds bittersweetness to "CanIHelpYou's"... Read More

THE DISAPPEARING SPOON: YOUNG READERS EDITION

THE DISAPPEARING SPOON: YOUNG READERS EDITION And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

by Sam Kean | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Robert Petkoff's clear and engaging voice guides listeners through a scientific history of chemical elements. Adapted from the bestselling title for adults, this version for young people still requires a good deal of background knowledge about chemistry. But those who can follow along will be rewarded with with fun facts and fascinating stories, like how a teenager tried to... Read More

DOING JUSTICE

DOING JUSTICE A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

by Preet Bharara | Read by Preet Bharara

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook recounts the dangers, duties, and adventures of a federal prosecutor. Bharara rose to the position U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York--one of the most powerful law enforcement jobs in the country--and served until he was canned by President Trump. During his career, Bharara went after bad guys of all kinds, including mobsters, drug dealers,... Read More

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

by Nina Moreno | Read by Almarie Guerra

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bursting with winsome charm, this audiobook whisks listeners to the cozy coastal community of Port Coral, Florida, where Cuban-American Rosa Santos lives with her abuela, the neighborhood healer. Everyone in Port Coral knows about the curse on Rosa: Since the sea claimed the lives of her father and grandfather, anyone who dates her risks a similar fate. Yet smart, pragmatic... Read More

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

by Olivia Newton-John | Read by Olivia Newton-John

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Australian music and screen star Olivia Newton-John narrates her thoughtful, candid look at her life and career. Articulate and laced with self-deprecating humor, this is an enjoyable romp that also examines the darker realms of her life, including her cancer diagnoses and treatments. Of particular interest in her warm and evocative performance is her belief in the late Louise... Read More

THE DOUBLE-A WESTERN DETECTIVE AGENCY

THE DOUBLE-A WESTERN DETECTIVE AGENCY Holmes on the Range, Book 6

by Steve Hockensmith | Read by John McLain

Steve Hockensmith | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John McLain effectively channels storyteller Big Red, who teams up with his brother, Old Red, to serve as private investigators, Sherlock Holmes-style, in the Old West. McLain's delivery calls to mind the world of nineteenth-century cowboys as the new Double-A Western Detection Agency gets its first case, which involves cattle rustlers in New Mexico. The situation... Read More

DOWN & DIRTY

DOWN & DIRTY Men of Haven, Book 6

by Rhenna Morgan | Read by John Lane

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator John Lane's deep, sexy voice lends itself perfectly to this audiobook. Businessman Axel McKee hears Lizzy's band playing at a club and immediately makes plans to promote her. Lane captures Lizzy's initial wariness--she's been hurt in the past. Axel has a group of friends he considers brothers. Lane gives a unique voice to each of them and to their wives, as well as... Read More

DR. STRANGE: THE FATE OF DREAMS

DR. STRANGE: THE FATE OF DREAMS

by Devin Grayson | Read by Richard Rohan and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Audio Theater

GraphicAudio took on quite a challenge in adapting a visually surreal comic book to audio. Dr. Strange and the Nightmare, who are lords of the Dream Dimension, have long been adversaries, but now they must team up with the non-magical Dr. Misra to find out what new evil force is causing harm in the real and dream worlds. While they do maintain a solid story with engaging sound... Read More

DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

by Patricia MacLachlan | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jesse Vilinsky establishes a youthful voice for Louisiana, Louisa for short, who is spending the summer on Deer Island with her grandparents while her parents go on a bird-watching excursion. Upon arrival, Louisa notices that her grandfather is losing his vision, which will eventually prevent him from driving, one of his passions. She also begins to notice George, a... Read More

A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING

A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING The Duke's Den, Book 1

by Christy Carlyle | Read by Karen Cass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karen Cass imbues a reluctant duke with all of the haughtiness a self-made man would be expected to exhibit in this redemptive historical romance. Thomasina Thorne has been trying to keep the estate her late father managed afloat. When the new duke, Nicholas Lyon, arrives to take stock of his ancestral home, she assumes all will be well again. But he wants nothing to... Read More

DUNKIRK

DUNKIRK The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

by Joshua Levine | Read by Jonathan Keeble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook recounts the dramatic rescue of Allied Forces at Dunkirk, France, during WWII and explains the history of the evacuation that is dramatized in the recent film. Narrator Jonathan Keeble gives listeners a special treat as he demonstrates his command of Scottish, Welsh, and even German accents to portray the soldiers involved in the fight to stop the German army. He... Read More

DUTCH GIRL

DUTCH GIRL Audrey Hepburn and World War II

by Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti [Fore.] | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Stephen Graybill [Fore.]

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tavia Gilbert provides a sensitive and appropriately paced narration of actress, humanitarian, and UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn's early years. The five-year Nazi occupation of the Netherlands when she was a teenager provides the framework for this historical biography. The well-researched work creates a fiction-style narrative of the harrowing, malnourished realities of... Read More

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