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THE KAISER'S WEB

THE KAISER'S WEB Cotton Malone, Book 16

Earphones Award Winner

by Steve Berry | Read by Scott Brick

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This gripping audiobook, narrated ably by Scott Brick, focuses on the chilling premise that both candidates for chancellor of Germany are Hitler's children. During the election, a secret dossier surfaces, which--if its claims are true--would upend the election and, perhaps, the geopolitical balance of power. Investigators from all over the world are called in, including Cotton... Read More

KAROLINA AND THE TORN CURTAIN

KAROLINA AND THE TORN CURTAIN

by Maryla Szymiczkowa | Read by Moira Quirk

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Moira Quirk's performance of this novel, set in 1895 Kracow, bristles with period politics and feminist viewpoints while offering a complex mystery and an appealing heroine. When the raped, stabbed body of Zofia Turbotyska's maid, Karolina, is found washed up on a river bank, the police assume Karolina was a prostitute since her body was found in an unsavory area of Kracow.... Read More

KATE IN WAITING

KATE IN WAITING

by Becky Albertalli | Read by Bebe Wood

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this audiobook a school drama club is in the midst of staging ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. In short order, a shared crush tangles up the bond between aspiring thespian Kate and her equally stagestruck BFF, Anderson. As if this sudden romantic rivalry isn't confusing enough, Kate also realizes that her goofy jock classmate, Noah, might not be the "f-boy" she has assumed he is.... Read More

KATHARINE PARR, THE SIXTH WIFE

KATHARINE PARR, THE SIXTH WIFE The Six Tudor Queens, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Alison Weir | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor beautifully portrays Katharine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. Katharine plans to marry Tom Seymour, but after beheading his most recent wife for adultery and treason, Henry fancies 30-year-old Katharine. What choice does she have? She sacrifices marriage to Tom to become queen. Religious turmoil still plagues the kingdom, and court intrigue puts Katharine... Read More

THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS

THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS

by Posy Lovell | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

During WWI, women began to find their voices and power as they filled the gaps left by men gone to war. Elizabeth Knowelden's British accent transports us to London as she gives voice to Ivy and Louisa, two women who forge a friendship while working in the Royal Botanic Gardens and become suffragettes. For the most part, Knowelden stays with her narrative voice, skillfully... Read More

KHALIL

KHALIL

by Yasmina Khadra | Read by Peter Ganim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Peter Ganim dramatizes the choices facing Khalil, a young man who has been radicalized by Islamic extremists in Europe. The descendant of Moroccan immigrants in Belgium, he fails in his quest to detonate a suicide vest. Ganim maximizes the internal conflict that runs through Khalil's life on the run after his failure. He presents Khalil in a sympathetic light as he... Read More

KIDS ON THE MARCH

KIDS ON THE MARCH 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting, and Fighting for Justice

by Michael Long | Read by Zeno Robinson, Sol Madariaga, Janina Edwards

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Children

This rousing audio collection on historical marches led by children and teenagers proves that no one is too young to make change. Narrators Zeno Robinson, Sol Madariaga, and Janina Edwards depict each glimpse of activism in a conversational tone. From children demanding a shorter work week in the March of the Mill Children of 1903 to Chicano students demanding an equal... Read More

A KILLER'S GAME

A KILLER'S GAME

by Luca Tahtieazym, Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Achilles Clazay appears to be a successful salesman in 1980s France. In reality, he is a feared serial killer whose victims are the "canvas" for his "art." As Achilles tells his own story, narrator Peter Noble does a superb job bringing to life the conflicting facets of his character. Noble injects just the right amount of incredulity into Achilles's voice when he realizes a... Read More

KIND OF A BIG DEAL

KIND OF A BIG DEAL

by Shannon Hale | Read by Amanda Dolan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amanda Dolan uses a drama-filled voice to portray Josie, an 18-year-old high school dropout who has recently moved to Montana after attempting to make it big on Broadway. Upon her arrival, a local bookstore clerk gives her a pair of reading glasses and a book. As she starts to read, she is magically transported into the story and a world shaped by her imagination.... Read More

KING'S RANSOM Tall, Dark and Dangerous, Book 13

by Suzanne Brockmann | Read by Melanie Ewbank, Dion Graham, Patrick Lawlor

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The narrative talents of Dion Graham, Melanie Ewbank, and Patrick Lawlor combine in this adventurous romance. Navy SEAL Thomas King and Tasha Francisco are hiding from people who want to kill them. Tasha has loved Thomas since she was 5 years old, and hiding out with him brings those feelings to the surface. Graham's rich baritone suits Thomas's military bearing, and he is... Read More

KIPLING IN THE WEST 1889

KIPLING IN THE WEST 1889 Excerpts from SEA TO SEA: LETTERS OF TRAVEL

by Rudyard Kipling | Read by Jack de Golia

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jack de Golia thoroughly inhabits 24-year-old Rudyard Kipling. The year is 1889, and the British journalist/correspondent is traveling around the western U.S. and Canada. Kipling's wry sense of humor overlays his observations of life and customs in San Francisco, Portland, and Vancouver. He also visits Yellowstone National Park and "Old Faithful," the Great Salt Lake,... Read More

THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS

THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS

by Constance Sayers | Read by Emily Lawrence

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Emily Lawrence delivers an expert narration of Constance Sayers's second novel. In a fantasy filled with magic, love, and mystery, Lawrence portrays Lara, a contemporary descendant of a magical circus family. Lara's future husband goes missing on their wedding day. When his car is found abandoned in the same spot in which another mysterious disappearance took place, something... Read More

LADY BIRD JOHNSON

LADY BIRD JOHNSON Hiding in Plain Sight

by Julia Sweig | Read by Kirsten Potter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The highly skilled Kirsten Potter gracefully narrates this intimate portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson. With a pronounced focus on her White House years, the text is principally drawn from her recently unredacted diary tapes and transcripts. The audiobook is also a portrait of the 1960s, replete with social turbulence, issues of racial equality, an... Read More

THE LADY WITH THE GUN ASKS THE QUESTIONS

THE LADY WITH THE GUN ASKS THE QUESTIONS The Ultimate Miss Phryne Fisher Collection

by Kerry Greenwood | Read by Wendy Bos

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans will be absolutely delighted by this collection of short stories featuring the irrepressible Phryne Fisher. Narrator Wendy Bos brings the sultry, smart, sophisticated lady detective to life. Bos successfully differentiates the multitude of characters, male and female, young and old. She is in step with Greenwood's witty dialogue and detailed descriptions of luxurious... Read More

THE LAMPLIGHTERS

THE LAMPLIGHTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Stonex | Read by Tom Burke, Indira Varma

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emma Stonex's debut novel shifts the real-life unsolved disappearances of three lighthouse keepers from 1900 to 1972, creating an engrossing psychological puzzle. Narrator Tom Burke voices the keepers, and Indira Varma portrays the wives who were left behind. In 1992, the wives meet with a writer who hopes to solve the mystery. The keepers' voices are infused with working-class... Read More

THE LAST BEAR

THE LAST BEAR

by Hannah Gold | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stacy Glemboski establishes a voice filled with passion for a wildlife advocate, April, who travels with her father, a scientist, to an Arctic island, where he will work for the next six months. April spends her days exploring the island, and one day she stumbles upon a polar bear in desperate need of help. One of its paws is caught in fishing nets and plastic. April... Read More

LAST CHANCE TEXACO

LAST CHANCE TEXACO Chronicles of an American Troubadour

by Rickie Lee Jones | Read by Rickie Lee Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the celebrated musician Rickie Lee Jones will be delighted to hear her narrate her autobiography, which is focused on family memories and making music. Jones is as giving with her delivery as she is with her story. She reaches back through the years--all the way back to her mother's childhood--in a revealing, raspy voice laced with a country twang. Listeners will sink... Read More

THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND

THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Kelly | Read by Shiromi Arserio, Marisa Calin, Danielle Cohen, Katherine Littrell, Siobhan Waring

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The inviting performances of Marisa Calin, Shiromi Arserio, Katherine Littrell, Danielle Cohen, and Siobhan Waring add to the immersive pleasure of this engaging historical novel by bestselling author Julia Kelly. Set alternately in 1907, 1944, and the present day, the plot centers on the women of England's Highbury House. Venetia, the estate's 1907 garden designer, struggles... Read More

LAST THING HE TOLD ME

LAST THING HE TOLD ME

by Laura Dave | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman's methodical performance will hook listeners until the very end of this contemporary mystery. Hannah wakes up one day to find her husband of one year, Owen, has vanished, leaving her a puzzling note: "Protect her." Hannah assumes that "her" refers to Owen's teenage daughter, Bailey, who has despised Hannah from day one. While this is a typical story of two... Read More

THE LAST TIARA

THE LAST TIARA

by M.J. Rose | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tavia Gilbert provides a convincing narration of this historical fiction set in Manhattan after WWII. A year after the death of her mother, Sophia Moon, Isobelle sets out on a quest to find out what happened to her. She starts by researching the jewels missing from her mother's tiara. The novel is set in both Russia and Manhattan, and is told from two points of view.... Read More

LEGENDS OF THE NORTH CASCADES

LEGENDS OF THE NORTH CASCADES

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Evison | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's clear and evocative delivery of Evison's novel works splendidly. The story exists on several planes. The inner and outer lives of an Iraq War vet and former star football player named Dave Cartwright comprise one plane. The other focuses on a legend of long ago involving a native woman named S'tka who is cast out by her clan and survives on the edge... Read More

LEONORA IN THE MORNING LIGHT

LEONORA IN THE MORNING LIGHT

by Michaela Carter | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Fiona Hardingham, Jacques Roy, Michaela Carter [Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrators Cassandra Campbell, Fiona Hardingham, and Jacques Roy lend their voices to the story of surrealist painter, writer, and feminist Leonora Carrington. At age 20, Leonora met artist Max Ernst, plunging into a relationship that would transform them both. In luminous tones that perfectly match the book's poetic language, Hardingham reveals Leonora's frantic state after Max... Read More

LET THE LORD SORT THEM

LET THE LORD SORT THEM The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty

Earphones Award Winner

by Maurice Chammah | Read by Kevin R. Free

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kevin Free's approachable narration of Chammah's multifaceted historical investigation of the death penalty makes the topic easier to bear while simultaneously delivering a gut punch as one realizes the horror of it all. In 1972, SCOTUS found the nation's death penalty laws to be unconstitutional, prompting states to rewrite them. Chammah explores the sentence's racist origins,... Read More

LETTERS TO CAMONDO

LETTERS TO CAMONDO

by Edmund de Waal | Read by Edmund de Waal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When English artist/author/narrator Edmund de Waal is asked to exhibit his ceramics at the spectacular Musée Nissim de Camondo, he is overwhelmed by the magnificence of the private collection of Moise de Camondo (1860-1935). Camondo was a Jewish banker who bequeathed his Paris home and art collection to the public. De Waal begins a series of personal letters to Camondo, his... Read More

LEVON

LEVON From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond

by Sandra B. Tooze | Read by Rosemary Benson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Rosemary Benson creates the voices of the major and minor figures in this biography of Levon Helm, drummer for The Band. She delivers a convincing voicing of Helm's soft Arkansas dialect and even mimics incidental characters such as saxophonist Bobby Keys and folk singer Happy Traum. Author Tooze's excellent research keeps the biography interesting (odd fact--Helm... Read More

LIBERTIE

LIBERTIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaitlyn Greenidge | Read by Channie Waites

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Kaitlyn Greenidge and narrator Channie Waites combine forces in this historical novel to create an immersive tale woven of many threads, including mothers and daughters, nineteenth-century Black life, magic, medicine, and finding one's true path. Greenidge, who won the Whiting Award for her first novel, WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN, was inspired by the life of the third... Read More

THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD

THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD Edinburgh Nights, Book 1

by T.L. Huchu | Read by Tinashe Warikandwa

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

This is the first audiobook in a new series called Edinburgh Nights, set in a future post-apocalyptic world. Narrator Tinashe Warikandwa gives dimension to the featured character, Ropa, as she makes her way in a harsh environment. Warikandwa captures the spirit of a young teen who quit school to become a ghost stalker to support her gran, sister, and self. Warikandwa gives Ropa... Read More

LIFE AMONG THE TERRANAUTS

LIFE AMONG THE TERRANAUTS

by Caitlin Horrocks | Read by Nicholas Tecosky, Angele Masters, Ann Marie Gideon, Caroline Slaughter, Casey Holloway, Jeanette Illidge, Joe Knezevich, Suehyla El-Attar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Fourteen darkly quirky stories are narrated by eight fresh and culturally diverse voice talents. Award-winning writer Caitlin Horrocks takes her Midwestern characters out of their comfort zones and leads them right to the edge of reality. In "The Sleep," narrated by Nicholas Tecosky, the entire population of a Michigan village goes into hibernation. In "Norwegian For Troll,"... Read More

LIFE ON PAPER

LIFE ON PAPER

by Kenneth Lin | Read by Sarah Drew, Kevin Daniels, Mark Jude Sullivan, Seamus Dever, Summer Spiro

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

This latest offering from L.A. Theatre Works' science-themed Relativity Series swaps dystopian darkness for a feel-good romantic comedy/drama. Television stalwarts Sarah Drew and Seamus Dever create a nice Hepburn/Tracy-like chemistry in their verbal sparring as a small-town actuary and mother of two takes on a math prodigy hired by an insurance company to lower the payout on... Read More

LIFE'S ACCESSORIES

LIFE'S ACCESSORIES

by Rachel Levy Lesser | Read by Rachel Levy Lesser

Rachel Levy Lesser | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rachel Levy Lesser narrates her own memoir in an impassioned voice that has a distinct hoarseness. It doesn't detract from her delivery. It just marks it as purely her own. In 14 essays Lesser discusses clothing and accessories that remind her of pivotal moments in her life. A heart necklace to be wished upon for love, an upgraded work bag to celebrate a promotion, a ring from... Read More

LIFE'S EDGE

LIFE'S EDGE The Search for What It Means to Be Alive

Earphones Award Winner

by Carl Zimmer | Read by Joe Ochman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This fascinating and thoroughly engaging audiobook will appeal to a great many listeners beyond those who follow developments in contemporary science. Popular science writer Carl Zimmer surveys a wide array of life forms and states of existence to answer some of the most fundamental questions about life. Joe Ochman is a narrator who knows how to pace a sentence in a way that... Read More

LIFE'S TOO SHORT

LIFE'S TOO SHORT

by Abby Jimenez | Read by Christine Lakin, Zachary Webber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In the latest audiobook in The Friend Zone contemporary romance series, Adrian, a lawyer, and Vanessa, a travel vlogger, form a friendship over Vanessa's newborn niece. Despite complications in Vanessa's life, their attraction grows, and love blooms between them. Christine Lakin and Zachary Webber's extensive experience as both solo and dual narrators is apparent in... Read More

THE LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS

THE LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS

by Rena Rossner | Read by Ana Clements

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Blending magic and Jewish folklore, this audiobook weaves a tangled yarn to which narrator Ana Clements adds her own flourishes. Three sisters, each with her own magical talents, are members of the magical Solomonar sect. This makes them vulnerable to all kinds of dangerous judgments that are developing in European society. As Clements recounts the sisters' conflicts, she does... Read More

LIGHTSEEKERS

LIGHTSEEKERS

by Femi Kayode | Read by Cary Hite

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Cary Hite draws listeners in with his nuanced delivery and cadence in this mystery inspired by a true story. After three university students are murdered by a mob in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, psychologist Dr. Philip Taiwo is brought in to investigate. As Dr. Taiwo dives deeper into the case with the help of his personal driver, Chika, listeners also learn about the... Read More

LIKE WIND AGAINST ROCK

LIKE WIND AGAINST ROCK

by Nancy Kim | Read by Jackie Chung, Keong Sim

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jackie Chung and Keong Sim create an inviting listening experience of a relatable story centered on family secrets and the rippling effects of choices. Alice Chang has just moved back in with her recently widowed mother. Chung, who voices Alice, her mom, and various supporting characters, rises to the challenge of conveying different generations and levels of English... Read More

LILYVILLE

LILYVILLE Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played

by Tovah Feldshuh | Read by Tovah Feldshuh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Tovah Feldshuh's memoir is a highly entertaining look back at her life as a successful stage and screen actor, as well as an unsentimental remembrance of the force of nature that was her mother, Lily. As Tovah was growing up, Lily was generous with criticism but stingy with praise. Tovah longed for her mercurial mother's approval. Feldshuh offers witty... Read More

THE LISTENERS

THE LISTENERS

by Harrison Demchick | Read by Edison McDaniels

Bancroft Press | Unabridged
Horror

Narrator Edison McDaniels performs this disturbing audiobook about a zombie plague that turns people into violent, boil-covered versions of themselves. Daniel's mother goes out for toilet paper and doesn't come back. To keep safe, he joins up with the Listeners, a cultlike group that believes the police are the true enemies and that members should cut off one ear to prevent... Read More

LONE STARS

LONE STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Justin Deabler | Read by Michael Crouch

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Michael Crouch's narration expresses the emotional peaks that highlight Deabler's moving story of a Texas family across several generations. Lacy, a college student, and her future husband, Aaron, meet through a pen pal program while he serves in Vietnam. The sweetness of their connection is undercut as their marriage comes apart after secrets come to light. Their son, Julian,... Read More

THE LOST APOTHECARY

THE LOST APOTHECARY

by Sarah Penner | Read by Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, Lauren Irwin

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, and Lauren Irwin enhance this historical mystery with their performances. Set in both 1791 and present-day London, the story involves three women: Nella, an apothecary scorned by a man; Eliza, who is unaware of lurking danger; and Caroline, who is celebrating a milestone anniversary alone. An object found on a mudlarking tour ties the... Read More

THE LOST ART OF DOING NOTHING

THE LOST ART OF DOING NOTHING

by Maartje Willems, Laura Vroomen [Trans.] | Read by Kate Mulligan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Kate Mulligan is an energetic and sincere narrator for a title that touts the value of doing nothing. She explains the Dutch philosophy of "niksen," which exhorts people to clear their minds as a way of increasing their happiness. Mulligan sounds like an excited friend who has found a new theory she can't wait to explain. She sounds warm and engaging, all the while maintaining... Read More

LOST IN PARIS

LOST IN PARIS

by Elizabeth Thompson | Read by Emily Tremaine, Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Emily Tremaine and Imogen Church introduce listeners to an antagonistic mother and daughter and a long-lost relative whose life provides stunning surprises. Hannah flees Florida and her alcoholic mother, Marla, for London. When Marla appears at Hannah's London flat unannounced, Hannah worries about the damage Marla will do. Tremaine delivers a feisty Hannah but offers... Read More

LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS

LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS

by Aiden Thomas | Read by Avi Roque

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Avi Roque delivers this retelling of the classic Peter Pan story in a tone of childlike wonder that transitions into a devastating story of trauma and loss. Five years ago, Wendy's brothers disappeared in the woods behind their house. Now more children are going missing, and Wendy is forced to confront her fragmented memories about her brothers' disappearance as well... Read More

THE LOST QUEEN

THE LOST QUEEN The Life & Tragedy of the Prince Regent's Daughter

by Anne M. Stott | Read by Anne Flosnik

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Anne Flosnik delivers an appealing portrait of Princess Charlotte of Wales, 1796-1817--the only child of George IV and Caroline of Brunswick, who hated each other. This fact gives Flosnik much fodder to dramatize since a great deal of Charlotte's life is gleaned from her letters. Flosnik delivers these letters with intuitive skill, revealing a child who dearly wanted... Read More

THE LOST VILLAGE

THE LOST VILLAGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming [Trans.] | Read by Angela Dawe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Horror

Narrator Angela Dawe raises the stakes in this atmospheric horror novel. Sixty years ago, 900 people of the Silverjarn village in Sweden disappeared--except for a woman and a baby. Filmmaker Alice Lindstedt, who aims to solve the puzzle, recruits a team to produce a film about the "lost village." But they all get more than they bargained for. Dawe's storytelling is superb. She... Read More

LOVE IN COLOR

LOVE IN COLOR Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

by Bolu Babalola | Read by Ajjaz Awad, Nneka Okoye, Bolu Babalola, Olukemi Babalola

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Ajjaz Awad, Nneka Okoye, Olukemi Babalola, and the author work together to bring listeners an eclectic listening experience as varied as this collection of short stories. The narrators enliven these reimaginings of classical literary tales featuring Ghanaian and Nigeran characters, both male and female. Awad brings a deep timbre to the stories he presents, underscoring the... Read More

LOVE IS A REVOLUTION

LOVE IS A REVOLUTION

Earphones Award Winner

by Renée Watson | Read by Renée Watson

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Renée Watson narrates this story like it's a chat with a best friend. Nala's goals for the summer before her senior year are to spend tons of time with her cousin-sister-friend Imani and, she hopes, to get a boyfriend. When she meets Tye at one of Imani's "Rise, Harlem" events, she feeds the sparks between them with a few little lies designed to make herself sound like more of... Read More

LOVEBUG

LOVEBUG Natural History, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Erin Mallon | Read by Erin Mallon

Erin Mallon | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

If only all audiobooks could be this well done, clever, funny, poignant, zany, touching, well acted, and beautifully narrated! Author/narrator Erin Mallon hits it out of the park with a rom-com that tells the hilarious story of Mabel, a perpetually upbeat and insightful entomologist. She metamorphoses from being semi-satisfied with a loser mama's boy to reluctantly falling for... Read More

LOVER UNVEILED

LOVER UNVEILED The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 19

by J.R. Ward | Read by Jim Frangione

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Jim Frangione once again draws listeners into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with its vampires and demons. Vampire Sahvage encounters vampire Mae at an MMA fight, where she saves his life. Mae is looking for a demonic book of spells that will save her brother's life, and listeners feel her anguish and desperation. Demon Davinia is also seeking the book, and... Read More

THE LOWERING DAYS

THE LOWERING DAYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gregory Brown | Read by Nicole Alvater, David Aaron Baker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brown's debut novel, set in Maine's Penobscot Valley in the 1980s, is performed with a compelling, confident delivery. Narrator David Aaron Baker is the voice of David Almerin Ames, who recalls a community divided when a Penobscot teen set fire to the paper mill on the eve of its reopening, destroying the town's livelihood. Penobscot elder Moses's sonorous, wisdom-filled voice... Read More

LUCY CLARK WILL NOT APOLOGIZE

LUCY CLARK WILL NOT APOLOGIZE

Earphones Award Winner

by Margo Rabb | Read by Tara Sands

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tara Sands uses just the right sarcastic tone to represent the voice of 16-year-old Lucy Clark. Recently suspended from her boarding school in Texas, Lucy is sent to New York City for some character-building. She is to help care for elderly Edith Fox. Sands's cruel portrait of headmistress Miss Leary makes for a wonderful contrast with the wit of Lucy's voice and the... Read More

LYCANTHROPY AND OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESSES

LYCANTHROPY AND OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESSES

by Kristen O'Neal | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Soneela Nankani delivers an emotional yet hilarious performance of this audiobook despite some minor production flaws. Priya puts her premed dreams on pause after contracting Lyme disease. Her online friend, Brigid, has been supportive but is reluctant to share details regarding her own illness. So when Brigid suddenly goes offline, Priya steals her family's car to... Read More

LYRICS FOR ROCK STARS

LYRICS FOR ROCK STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Heather Mateus Sappenfield | Read by Michael Crouch

V Press | Unabridged
Fiction

In the fine short story "Heroes," a telling moment of verisimilitude occurs when narrator Michael Crouch imitates the shortness of breath of a runner going uphill in a Colorado race. Here and throughout this collection, Crouch ably takes the production to another level. Whether he is delivering the voice and sound of a young girl or a 109-year-old man, he gets the character's... Read More

MACHO TIME

MACHO TIME The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho

by Christian Giudice | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon, Carlos Acevedo [Fore.]

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Hector "Macho" Camacho is characterized by the boxing champ's reckless living and poor behavior out of the ring. But in the squared circle, he was fearless. Timothy Andrés Pabon narrates with clear diction and beautiful pronunciation of Spanish names, which are important to the story. He imparts the right amount of emotion and helps paint a... Read More

MADE IN CHINA

MADE IN CHINA A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

by Amelia Pang | Read by Nancy Wu

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Narrator Nancy Wu's soft voice communicates the horror of a Chinese labor camp. This audiobook is based on a note that was smuggled into products shipped to the West by a laborer named Sun Yi. His story describes forced feedings and hours so long that a prisoner might choose to swallow a diode simply to fall ill and get out of work. Wu also captures the nagging thoughts of... Read More

MADE IN KOREA

MADE IN KOREA

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Suk | Read by Raymond J. Lee, Joy Osmanski

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Raymond J. Lee and Joy Osmanski dazzle with their performances of two teens who sell competing K-beauty products at their high school. Osmanski portrays Valerie Kwon with a sharp tone, channeling her intelligence and laser focus to succeed. Her narration shines in her ability to capture Valerie's humanity and faults. Lee, on the other hand, gives Wes Jung a laid-back... Read More

MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH

MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH The BELGICA's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

by Julian Sancton | Read by Vikas Adam

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

With narrator Vikas Adam at the helm, listeners gain extra appreciation for the wonders, bravery, and horrors of the first Western expedition to winter in Antarctica. Written by a journalist and based on diaries, logs, photographs, and other firsthand accounts, the story of the RV BELGICA and its men laid bare includes an unruly, inexperienced crew; poor provisions; language... Read More

THE MAIDENS

THE MAIDENS

Earphones Award Winner

by Alex Michaelides | Read by Louise Brealey, Kobna Holdbrick-Smith

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Between the three of them, author Alex Michaelides and narrators Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrick-Smith cast a spell that will have listeners glued to this suspenseful novel every chance they get. Michaelides, author of the bestselling thriller THE SILENT PATIENT, introduces us to group therapist Mariana, who returns to Cambridge University to comfort her niece after the... Read More

MAKING SPACE

MAKING SPACE How to Live Happier by Setting Boundaries That Work for You

by Jayne Hardy | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Boundaries, Jayne Hardy argues in this audiobook, are key to freedom and are also the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Maintaining them makes the difference between feeling stuck and relishing our lives. Narrator Pearl Hewitt's encouraging British voice showcases Hardy's insights and exercises, designed to help listeners negotiate boundaries with others. This work is... Read More

MALICE

MALICE

by Heather Walter | Read by Ann Marie Gideon

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Ann Marie Gideon shines in this "Sleeping Beauty" remix, which explains how Princess Aurora falls victim to a sleeping spell that leaves her sequestered in a tower of thorns. Of course, in this version of the tale, the villain who puts a curse on the princess also happens to be her true love. Gideon brings emotional depth to Alice, the villain, coaxing listeners to... Read More

MAN ENOUGH

MAN ENOUGH Undefining My Masculinity

by Justin Baldoni | Read by Justin Baldoni

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners who know Justin Baldoni from his role as the hot and sensitive Rafael in the acclaimed TV series "Jane the Virgin" will get to know the actor in a deeper way as he "undefines" masculinity in this audiobook. In doing so, the actor takes on gender equality, marriage, racism, fatherhood, sex, vulnerability, and more. He acknowledges the discomforts of masculinity and... Read More

A MAN NAMED DOLL

A MAN NAMED DOLL

by Jonathan Ames | Read by Jonathan Ames

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jonathan Ames doesn't differentiate character voices as he narrates his mystery. But the one voice that he does use--the inner voice of detective Happy Doll--is so comfortable that it becomes difficult to imagine anyone else portraying the sensitive tough guy. Ames is an author whose storytelling skills go beyond bookstore-reading quality, and he delivers this neo-noir without... Read More

MANY POINTS OF ME

MANY POINTS OF ME

by Caroline Gertler | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jesse Vilinsky skillfully brings depth and emotion to this novel about love and loss. Eleven-year-old Georgia is grieving the death of her father, a famous artist. A retrospective of his work, curated by her mother, is proving challenging--sharing her father with the public is hard. Along with trying to make new friends, Georgia is working to solve the mystery of a... Read More

MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER

MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER

by T.A. Willberg | Read by Karen Cass

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Part mystery, part adventure, and part science fiction, this audiobook has something for all listeners. Marion Lane serves as inquirer-in-training for Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries. She travels deep into the tunnels beneath London, where she encounters dangers of all sorts--including murder. Narrator Karen Cass opens with slow, deliberate pacing that increases as... Read More

THE MARVELOUS MIRZA GIRLS

THE MARVELOUS MIRZA GIRLS

by Sheba Karim | Read by Richa Moorjani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Richa Moorjani is the lively voice of recent high school graduate Noreen, who is looking for new meaning in her life in New Delhi. Moorjani makes the most of a plucky main character on an exotic adventure. She creates a vivacious, sarcastic persona for the teen, who has become jaded by the death of her beloved Aunt Sonia. Moorjani evokes both funny and sad moments as... Read More

A MASTER OF DJINN

A MASTER OF DJINN Dead Djinn Universe, Book 1

by P. Djeli Clark | Read by Suehyla El-Attar

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Suehyla El-Attar narrates a fantasy-mystery set in Cairo, where djinns and humans live and work side by side. Agent Fatma el-Sha'arawi of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities must figure out what the supposed return of a mythical figure from Cairo's past means for its future. Fatma is one of only a handful of women members of the ministry, and... Read More

MASTERPIECES OF ADVENTURE

MASTERPIECES OF ADVENTURE Adventures Within Walls

by Nella Braddy [Ed.] | Read by Jack de Golia

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

This far-reaching collection of short stories featuring desert settings contains some of the most engaging tales in the Western canon. The audiobook is delivered at just the right pace by Jack de Golia. Narrating energetically, he takes on the characters' voices with a chameleon-like effect. His ability to inhabit the spirit and sound of the French, Spanish, and Russians, young... Read More

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH Robin Lockwood, Book 4

by Phillip Margolin | Read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Therese Plummer immediately engages listeners and keeps them invested in this intricately woven story of murder, power, and justice. Plummer shines as Robin Lockwood, a defense attorney and former MMA fighter. Joe Lattimore is homeless and struggling to provide for his family. To raise money, he agrees to an unsanctioned fight in which his opponent dies. He is then at... Read More

A MATTER OF MURDER

A MATTER OF MURDER Campbell and Carter, Book 7

by Ann Granger | Read by Jilly Bond

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jilly Bond tells the story of a homeless man, Miff Ferguson, who witnesses the dumping of a murder victim. The body proves to belong to the youngest in a family of shiftless locals. After Inspector Jess Campbell is brought into the case, another member of the same family is found torched in his van. Bond gives convincing portrayals of people from various classes... Read More

MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY

MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY Maybe Marisol, Book 1

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

This is a charming slice-of-life audiobook told through short chapters and interconnected stories of Marisol's summer. Eight-year-old Marisol loves silent films; her cat, Beans; and her best friend, Jada. But Marisol also gets nervous easily and worries about things like climbing Peppina, the tree in her backyard, and encountering the mean girl at school. Though the text is... Read More

MCGARVEY

MCGARVEY The World's Most Dangerous Assassin

by David Hagberg | Read by Matt Godfrey

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Matt Godfrey uses all his narration skills in the twenty-fifth spy adventure of Kirk McGarvey, a grizzled CIA agent. Godfrey's careful pacing delivers the straightforward language of a story full of secrets. The action shifts frequently between the deaths of McGarvey's parents' twenty-five years earlier and the unpredictable present. Godfrey uses lighter tones for the women in... Read More

MEANT TO BE

MEANT TO BE

by Jude Deveraux | Read by Susan Bennett

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Susan Bennett portrays sisters Vera and Kelly Exton, who live in Mason, Kansas. The novel highlights inflection periods in their family as the story moves from the period of the Vietnam War to 2019. Bennett digs into sibling resentment and small-town gossip with relish and well-placed humor, using a slight Midwestern accent that sounds casual and warm. Kelly's voice is... Read More

THE MEMORY THIEF

THE MEMORY THIEF Thirteen Witches, Book 1

by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Carlotta Brentan's forceful tones add magnetism to Anderson's immersive adventure. Rosie Oaks's distant mother cannot remember her because her memory has been stolen, so Rosie turns to stories for comfort and strength. Brisk pacing heightens the atmosphere of danger and urgency as Brennan transports listeners through Anderson's rich landscapes. As Rosie avenges her... Read More

MERCI SUAREZ CAN'T DANCE

MERCI SUAREZ CAN'T DANCE Merci Suarez, Book 2

by Meg Medina | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Given its target audience and its perennial themes of changing bodies, preteen lit can be a challenging genre. It can be an even more challenging genre to narrate because tweens can smell a phony from miles away. But Frankie Corzo manages to deliver a believable portrayal of a working-class Latina middle schooler who feels out of place in her predominantly wealthy, white... Read More

MI9

MI9 A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

by Helen Fry | Read by Helen Lloyd

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Helen Lloyd's narration of this fascinating audiobook about the British intelligence agency MI9 mirrors the calm intensity of its operatives. Author Helen Fry has written a comprehensive history of the organization that rescued Allied fighters who were trapped in enemy territories during WWII. Details remained largely untold due to Britain's Official Secrecy Act, which muzzled... Read More

MILK BLOOD HEAT

MILK BLOOD HEAT Stories

by Dantiel W. Moniz | Read by Machelle Williams

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Machelle Williams is a steady narrator who provides a solid performance of this diverse short story collection. She shifts smoothly between the mostly female characters living in Florida, each of whom is struggling with her own losses. With a melodic intonation Williams presents the deepest dilemmas of mothers, daughters, and other women. From miscarriage to a parent's death,... Read More

A MILLION REASONS WHY

A MILLION REASONS WHY

by Jessica Strawser | Read by Natalie Naudus, Cassandra Campbell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Natalie Naudus and Cassandra Campbell perform this audiobook featuring two women who are connected by an unexpected result on a family DNA test. Caroline's life is seemingly perfect until she discovers a wealth of secrets hidden by her mother and father. Celia, a secret sister who is desperately looking for a match for a kidney transplant, is the result of that... Read More

MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES

MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES The Sassy Cat, Book 2

by Jennifer J. Chow | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Just when things are going well for Mimi Lee--with a thriving business, a blossoming relationship, and companionship from Marshmallow, the telepathic cat--the death of a teacher at the school where her sister teaches and the strange behavior of her father threatens to upset everything. So Mimi sets out to uncover the truth about what's going on. Narrator Natalie Naudus does a... Read More

THE MINDERS

THE MINDERS

by John Marrs | Read by Katherine Press, Oliver Hembrough

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

We live in a world in which government intelligence can be held ransom by hackers. Narrators Katherine Press and Oliver Hembrough portray four citizens who volunteer to let the U.K. store its classified information off-line--safely tucked away in their neurodivergent brains. Getting paid to go off the grid and protect government secrets seems like a relatively simple... Read More

MINE!

MINE! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

by Michael A. Heller, James Saltzman | Read by Rene Ruiz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audiobook, expertly narrated by Rene Ruiz, gathers dozens of striking examples of the contentious nature of ownership. Authors Michael A. Heller and James Saltzman, both law professors, show ownership to be highly unsettled and fluid in everyday life. You think you're not possessive, or territorial? Think about airline legroom and who owns that space behind each seat. The... Read More

MISCHIEF

MISCHIEF

by Douglas Clegg | Read by Gary Tiedemann

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Horror

If you're a fan of horror, look no further for your next spine-tingling listen. Clegg has a fast-growing reputation for horror and suspense stories. Narrator Gary Tiedemann brings just the right scary touch to this one without going over the top. Ostensibly, MISCHIEF is about a prep school and a new student who doesn't quite belong. Listeners will be hooked by Tiedemann's... Read More

MISSING CHARLIE

MISSING CHARLIE

by Jess K. Hardy | Read by Kennedy Elsey

Black Rose Writing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kennedy Elsey shines in this hilarious contemporary fairy tale spiced with a droll romance. Nona was a famous, young musician until a witch cursed her and her family. The curse has turned Nona into an old woman and her family into talking animals. So they will remain until Nona finds true love. They all are living a secluded life in the mountains when, one day, a... Read More

MISTER IMPOSSIBLE

MISTER IMPOSSIBLE The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 2

by Maggie Stiefvater | Read by Will Patton

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Will Patton is back as narrator in the second part of the Dreamer Trilogy, in which dreamers bring people and creatures to life. Now those dreams are desperately trying to stay alive. Patton's differentiation of the diverse cast is important because the author rarely uses dialogue attribution. Always making clear who's speaking, Patton holds the story together beautifully. When... Read More

MISTER TOEBONES

MISTER TOEBONES Poems

by Brooks Haxton | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

There is no shortage of fine poets in the United States today, and Brooks Haxton has to be counted among them. In this audiobook, his talent is matched by that of narrator Edoardo Ballerini and benefits from Ballerini's straightforward treatment. The poems are clear and accessible on the first hearing--but rewarding on a second or third. The readings focus on clarity without... Read More

MIXED PLATE

MIXED PLATE Chronicles of an All-American Combo

by Jo Koy | Read by Jo Koy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy narrates his story of growing up and pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. The biracial child of a white American soldier and a Filipina immigrant mother, Koy worked hard to make it in a predominantly white field of entertainment, ultimately achieving his American Dream. Those not familiar with Koy's style may be taken aback by the brashness of... Read More

MONEY

MONEY The True Story of a Made-Up Thing

by Jacob Goldstein | Read by Jacob Goldstein

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

In this well-researched examination of all aspects of money, the host of an NPR personal finance podcast offers a primer on where it came from, how it works today, and where it's going. His brisk performance is easy to understand and fun to hear. Goldstein's broad grasp of his topic expresses itself in snappy vignettes full of colorful personalities that keep the momentum... Read More

MONKEY KING

MONKEY KING Journey to the West

by Wu Cheng'en, Julia Lovell [Trans, Intro, Notes], Gene Luen Yang [Fore.] | Read by Robert Wu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Julia Lovell's fresh translation of this classic Chinese fantasy epic, paired with Robert Wu's lively performance, delivers hours of listening entertainment. Wu embodies the titular Monkey King's verve, arrogance, and wit as he seeks immortality. His puckish antics soon draw the ire of the Jade Emperor and other spirits. The resulting punishment leads Monkey on a redemptive... Read More

MORGANA MAGE IN THE ROBOTIC AGE

MORGANA MAGE IN THE ROBOTIC AGE

by Amy Bond | Read by Roisin O'Neill

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Roisin O'Neill illuminates a futuristic city whose inhabitants use the latest technological advances. In contrast, the witches and warlocks living in the woods nearby prefer sorcery. Listeners meet 11-year-old Morgana Mage, who dislikes magic and goes to a city school to learn about the automation her people oppose. O'Neill masterfully presents Morgana's determination... Read More

MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

by Salena Godden | Read by Salena Godden

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

"This book contains traces of ghosts." What a wonderfully evocative thought. And this audiobook is full of them. Irish-Jamaican poet, activist, memoirist, and broadcaster Salena Godden narrates her short prose and poetry with straight-up intensity and pulsing rhythm. Weaving childhood memories of a devastating apartment fire with Neil-Gaiman-like fantasy and dark Grimm's... Read More

A MURDER BETWEEN THE PAGES

A MURDER BETWEEN THE PAGES Main Street Book Club, Book 2

by Amy Lillard | Read by Marie Hoffman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three eccentric octogenarians and a much younger bookstore owner try to solve a fifty-year-old disappearance in the small town of Sugar Springs, Mississippi, in this cozy mystery audiobook, narrated by Marie Hoffman. Though the audio performance is disappointing, the story will entertain, in particular with the feisty portrayals of its nosy trio of senior citizen book club... Read More

MURDER BY PAGE ONE

MURDER BY PAGE ONE

by Olivia Matthews | Read by Janina Edwards

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a voice full of Southern charm, narrator Janina Edwards portrays librarian "Marvey" Harris and her gang of amateur sleuths in this series debut. A New York native, Marvey has lived in Peach Coast, Georgia, fewer than four months when her friend Jo becomes a murder suspect. With their mutual friend Spencer, Marvey hopes to clear Jo's name--even if it puts their lives at risk.... Read More

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Quiara Alegría Hudes | Read by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes brings warmth and exuberance to her narration in this memoir of family, language, home, and coming of age as an artist. A collection of heartbreaking and joyful moments comes alive through her voice. Her narration embodies the rhythms of her beloved North Philly neighborhood; the love and familiarity she uses to capture the voices of the many... Read More

MY HEART

MY HEART

by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Celia Hawkesworth [Trans.] | Read by Steven Crossley

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Steven Crossley brings fans of world literature this treasure: three autobiographical novellas by Bosnian writer Semezdin Mehmedinovic. Crossley is brisk and emotive as he conveys the dislocation of a man in his 50s who is reflecting on his life as a refugee fleeing conflict. Crossley's strong British accent may be distracting for some listeners, but this will likely... Read More

MY PLACE AT THE TABLE

MY PLACE AT THE TABLE A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris

by Alexander Lobrano | Read by Robert Fass

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robert Fass narrates this satisfying audiobook with flair. His subtle delivery of French and English accents is pitch perfect. He captures both the introspective tone of the author's interior life and the cadence of his finely written reflections on Parisian cuisine. Lobrano's coming-of-age memoir of the life of an American food critic in the world's gastronomic capital begins... Read More

MY REMARKABLE JOURNEY

MY REMARKABLE JOURNEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Moore | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The movie HIDDEN FIGURES portrayed the brilliant Black female mathematicians who made NASA's Mercury program a success. Even listeners familiar with the movie will find this audiobook memoir a revelation. Mathematician Katherine Johnson tells her own inspiring life story, including her battles against racial barriers and her intellectual triumphs. Narrator Robin Miles's... Read More

NALA'S WORLD

NALA'S WORLD One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe

Earphones Award Winner

by Dean Nicholson, Garry Jenkins | Read by Angus King

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Angus King captures tattooed, bearded party guy Dean Nicholson, who loses his heart to an abandoned kitten he names Nala at the start of an around-the-world journey. Listeners will join the duo as they bike around mostly remote parts of Europe and Asia. King nails Nicholson's strong Scottish brogue, along with the diverse accents of the people man and feline encounter.... Read More

THE NAPERVILLE WHITE HOUSE

THE NAPERVILLE WHITE HOUSE How One Mans Fantasy Changed Government's Reality

by Jerome Bartels | Read by Edison McDaniels

Bancroft Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Edison McDaniels narrates this "alternate alternate" history, which tells the story of a hostage situation in the real world that was resolved by a group of players in a fantasy government game. The story is written as though it were a work of nonfiction, complete with footnotes. McDaniels drops these asides directly into the narration with such skill that they sound like... Read More

THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER

THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER

by Anne Youngson | Read by Helen Lloyd

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Helen Lloyd's consistent pace and subtle British inflections enhance this sweet story about seizing the day with friends. Eve has left her career, and Sally has left her passionless husband; thus, they are both in the market for something new. Cue their introduction to Anastasia when they have a run-in with her dog on one of England's canals, an event that sparks a... Read More

THE NARROWS OF FEAR

THE NARROWS OF FEAR (Wapawikoscikanik)

by Carol Rose GoldenEagle | Read by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Inanna Publications | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This initially heartbreaking but ultimately joyful audiobook is about the interconnected lives of a group of family and friends in a small Cree community in Northern Canada. The story moves through the points of view of several Indigenous women (and a few men), most of whom are dealing with intense trauma. Carol Rose GoldenEagle's narration is powerful and steady. Her voice is... Read More

THE NEIL GAIMAN AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE

THE NEIL GAIMAN AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE

by Arvind Ethan David | Read by Neil Gaiman, Jewel Staite

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

A man awakens in a vessel in the far reaches of space. He has no memory and few resources. What he does have is a talking shipboard computer and the complete works of a famed author from the past. Neil Gaiman narrates this sci-fi short story with themes of isolation, recuperation, and selfhood. Along with brisk pacing, lively music, and futuristic sound effects, the production... Read More

NEVERMORE

NEVERMORE An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

by Dennis Paoli, Edgar Allan Poe | Read by Jeffrey Combs

Oasis Audio | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Narrator Jeffrey Combs brings welcome ease and humor to the customarily dark and dreary world of Edgar Allan Poe. With energy, insightful asides, and an enthusiastic live audience hanging on his every word, Combs re-creates a much-less-known Poe persona--that of the sought-after 1840s traveling lecturer. Combs recounts Poe's personal anecdotes about his mother, who was an... Read More

THE NEW AGE OF EMPIRE

THE NEW AGE OF EMPIRE How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World

by Kehinde Andrews | Read by Kehinde Andrews

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Professor Kehinde Andrews of Birmingham (England) University narrates his work in an assured voice that is fitting for an audiobook intended to provide a new context for examining systemic racism. Andrews provides clear background on the destructive workings of colonialism and white supremacy. He targets the myths of white philosophers historically held in high regard within... Read More

THE NEWCOMER

THE NEWCOMER

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kathleen McInerney gives an engaging narration of this entertaining and suspenseful beach listen. After her sister, Tanya, is found dead in her New York City townhouse, Letty grabs Tanya's go bag and takes her 4-year-old niece, Maya, on the run to escape Tanya's vindictive ex-boyfriend, Evan. They end up at The Murmuring Surf Motel in a Florida beach town, run by the... Read More

THE NIGHT GATE

THE NIGHT GATE

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter May | Read by Peter Forbes

Quercus Editions Limited | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a great example of the magic that happens when a masterful author and a talented narrator come together to deliver a captivating story. In addition to effectively portraying the many characters--Scottish, British, and European; male and female; young and old--Peter Forbes convincingly voices Hitler, Goering, and de Gaulle. When forensics scientist Enzo Macleod... Read More

NINE DAYS

NINE DAYS The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election

by Paul Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick | Read by Bill Andrew Quinn

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Steady-voiced Bill Andrew Quinn narrates this in-depth reporting on a moment in history like a newscaster--he is clear, concise, accentless, and engaged. Martin Luther King, Jr., the emerging nonviolent leader of the Civil Rights movement, is jailed in Atlanta for nine tense, terrifying days. Quinn brings to life not only Dr. King's days in prison but also the political... Read More

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Patricia Lockwood | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Patricia Lockwood's fragmentary, kaleidoscopic novel about life in the Internet age is expertly rendered by Kristen Sieh. The funny, moving, and profane tale features an unnamed star of social media who spends her time posting and scrolling in the hive mind of the web--which she calls "the portal"--where "the only thing that bound us together was the belief that in other... Read More

NO VACANCY

NO VACANCY

by Tziporah Cohen | Read by Rachel Botchan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rachel Botchan irresistibly portrays 11-year-old Miriam Brockman and her family, who move from Manhattan to upstate New York to run a motel. As Miriam is doing her chores, she meets the Whitleys--including granddaughter Kate--who run a nearby diner. Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate become fast friends who team up to help faltering businesses. As the girls learn about... Read More

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING The 10 Secrets All Artists Should Know

by Lee Crutchley | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Matthew Lloyd Davies's narration blends casualness and candor in this unusual motivational audiobook for creatives. In an easygoing, nonjudgmental tone, Davies conveys Crutchley's frank advice about moving beyond obstacles in creating art: Know that your work sucks--and so does everyone else's. While he is sincere in his encouragement to be authentic and fearless in producing... Read More

NOISE

NOISE A Flaw in Human Judgment

by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Todd Ross is an expert narrator who keeps listeners engaged throughout this densely researched book about how we make decisions and, in doing so, sometimes make mistakes. He sets a measured pace that helps listeners keep track of the many complex ideas, anecdotes, and data explored. Ross has the delivery style of a gifted professor. He is steady, consistent, and clear... Read More

NOT DARK YET

NOT DARK YET Inspector Banks Novels, Book 27

by Peter Robinson | Read by Simon Vance

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance does a splendid job with the Detective Chief Inspector Banks series, which takes place in Northern England. Banks--who is a relatively minor character in this installment--tracks Moldavian Zelda Melnic as she exacts revenge upon those who trafficked her as a sex worker. A subplot featuring Banks's team members Annie Cabbot and Gerry Masterson is compelling... Read More

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF Adapted for Young Adults

by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein | Read by Mailk Rashad

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Malik Rashad captures the highs and lows in the life of an ambitious young chef. In this adapted memoir, Kwame Onwuachi recounts his early years as a child of Nigeria, Louisiana, and the Bronx and how they prepared him to succeed as one of the few Black chefs in fine dining. Rashad occasionally hesitates over French-derived restaurant slang but does an excellent job... Read More

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT A Suspense Magazine Anthology

by Jeffrey Deaver [Ed.] | Read by Matt Godfrey, Emily Sutton-Smith

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Matt Godfrey and Emily Sutton-Smith narrate an anthology of 13 stories about dark deeds that transpire after the midnight hour. Topics range from an FBI agent who is tracking a copycat killer to the dangers of mobile phones. That standout starts with a reporter answering a phone call from a potential mass shooter and ends with a bang. Godfrey and Sutton-Smith take turns... Read More

NOWHERE MAN

NOWHERE MAN

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Joel L. Frommkin

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Joel Froomkin enhances an informative novella that fills some gaps in the life of former Bow Street runner (investigator) John Pickett of Regency London. Pickett is now realizing that his hope of acquiring aristocratic clients is not going to materialize. In a seeming nod to the movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Froomkin shines as the distraught Pickett questions the value... Read More

O RUSSET WITCH!

O RUSSET WITCH!

by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Read by JD Jackson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator JD Jackson exudes the perfect jazzy style for this F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Merlin Grainger's entire life is a series of missed moments and frustrated hopes, punctuated by the mysterious appearances of a dazzlingly beautiful woman he mentally dubs Caroline. Jackson's deliciously vibrant narration brings to life Fitzgerald's pointed examinations of class and... Read More

AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

by Cliff Burke | Read by Michael Crouch

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Michael Crouch captures each character's quirks in this funny, sometimes heartbreaking, story of an emotionally charged family road trip. Thirteen-year-old Theo is an introvert. Like his older sister, Laura, and his father, a science teacher, he struggles with communicating his emotions, preferring to channel those feelings into his comic book drawings. Two years after... Read More

OCEAN PREY

OCEAN PREY

Earphones Award Winner

by John Sandford | Read by Richard Ferrone

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Richard Ferrone's gritty voice is a great match for U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport in this 31st book in the Prey series. Davenport is sent to Florida to help with an FBI investigation of murderous heroin traffickers. In a crossover from another Sandford series, Virgil Flowers, a detective whose thinking is not always on the straight and narrow, is brought in to go... Read More

OF HUMAN KINDNESS

OF HUMAN KINDNESS What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Read by Janet Metzger

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Janet Metzger presents Cohen's well-researched and well-written arguments about the lessons on empathy to be learned from Shakespeare. While Metzger delivers the somewhat academic lectures in a carefully articulated manner, she dramatically performs the excerpts from Shakespeare's plays that illustrate the author's points. Cohen's thesis centers on Shakespeare's... Read More

ON HARROW HILL

ON HARROW HILL Dave Guerney, Book 7

by John Verdon | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the seventh entry in this series, narrator Scott Brick navigates one plot twist after another. Retired NYPD cop Dave Gurney lends a hand when his former partner, Mick Morgan, investigates a lurid murder in the village of Larchfield. When its patriarch is found dead in his mansion, the number one suspect is Billy Tate. He has plenty of motive but is inconveniently killed by... Read More

ON JUNETEENTH

ON JUNETEENTH

by Annette Gordon-Reed | Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Karen Chilton narrates this audiobook, which blends the history of Juneteenth with the personal experiences of the author, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed. While Juneteenth is now observed nationally, the holiday's origins are firmly placed in Texas. On June 19, 1865, years after the Emancipation Proclamation and months after the official end of the Civil... Read More

ON THE HOOK

ON THE HOOK

by Francisco X. Stork | Read by Christian Barillas

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Stork returns with a reimagining of his 2006 novel, BEHIND THE EYES. Narrator Christian Barillas's facility with accents adds to the believability of 16-year-old Hector, his family, and Joey, a bullying classmate. Time has passed since Hector's father's death. His brother Fili has recovered from depression, and Hector's own life seems rich with potential. Barillas portrays... Read More

ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom

Earphones Award Winner

by Ed Hajim, Glenn Plaskin | Read by Rob Shapiro

Skyhorse Publishing | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners hear author Ed Hajim's actual voice as he narrates the introduction to his memoir. Regardless, when narrator Rob Shapiro takes over for the body of the work, listeners will completely buy into his performance. He inhabits the work and perfectly paces the financier/philanthropist's rags-to-riches story. Shapiro's tone is always on target, especially when Hajim... Read More

ONE GOT AWAY

ONE GOT AWAY Nikki Griffin, Book 2

by S.A. Lelchuk | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator January LaVoy guides listeners into the second book of the action-packed Nikki Griffin series with a performance that is captivating and versatile. LaVoy's voice is a perfect fit for Griffin, a complicated bookseller and private detective who is hired by a wealthy family in San Francisco to find a charismatic con man who has defrauded the family's matriarch. Griffin... Read More

THE ONE GREAT GNOME

THE ONE GREAT GNOME

by Jeff Dinardo | Read by Elyse Simone Stevens

Red Chair Press | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Elyse Simone Stevens creates a youthful voice for Sarah, who has recently moved from the big city to the countryside with her family so her mother can pursue a new job opportunity. When Sarah finds a gnome in the potting shed at her new home, she is surprised to learn that he is real. She discovers that gnomes are being captured by trolls and lends her help to her... Read More

ONE JAR OF MAGIC

ONE JAR OF MAGIC

by Corey Ann Haydu | Read by Cassandra Morris

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Morris establishes a youthful voice for Rose, who begins collecting magic now that she has turned 12 years old. Since her father was naturally gifted at the task, it is expected that it will come easy to Rose, too. When she struggles, she starts to question everything, including her father's passion for magic and even magic itself. Morris captures the... Read More

ONE LAST STOP

ONE LAST STOP

Earphones Award Winner

by Casey McQuiston | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Natalie Naudus brings a quiet intensity to this genre-crossing audiobook featuring August, a prickly loner who tries to lose herself in New York City but instead finds purpose, community, and unconventional romance. The latter involves kindhearted, butch Jane, who overrides August's emotional barriers while facing a more serious hitch: Jane's from the 1970s, trapped on... Read More

OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE

by Katie Sise | Read by Rebecca Mozo, Lori Prince

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rebecca Mozo builds taut suspense from the start of this audiobook thriller about the unsolved disappearance of an art student named Emma. Voicing Emma's sister, Haley, 10 years after the disappearance, Mozo imparts an undercurrent of dread upon learning the police have found new evidence. Narrator Lori Prince, portraying Emma in the past, adds an exciting and quirky... Read More

OSLO, MAINE

OSLO, MAINE

by Marcia Butler | Read by Charlie Thurston

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Charlie Thurston's performance of Marcia Butler's novel about a wandering moose and the townsfolk of a small mill town in central Maine is a pleasure. Evidently inspired by people she met when visiting the state, the author populates the audiobook with quirky personalities who elicit affection and sympathy without becoming caricatures. Thurston supports the author's choices by... Read More

OSNAT AND HER DOVE

OSNAT AND HER DOVE The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi

by Sigal Samuel | Read by Sigal Samuel

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Sigal Samuel's audiobook features the first female rabbi, Osnat Barzani, who was born in 1590 in Mosul, Iraq. Listeners learn some Hebrew words as Osnat persuades her father, Rabbi Samuel Barzani, to allow her to study the Torah. When her dove is shot by a hunter, Osnat takes it into her room, and later it miraculously flies outside. As rumors about Osnat's... Read More

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

by Zakiya Dalila Harris | Read by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Isolation and microaggressions are themes throughout this audiobook about the sole Black woman working in the white-collar offices of a major publisher in New York City. Nella, well voiced by Aja Naomi King, suffers the indignities and self-doubts of being an "only." Then Hazel, also a Black woman, joins the staff. But the good feeling her new co-worker inspires in Nella... Read More

THE OTHER EMILY

THE OTHER EMILY

by Dean Koontz | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator MacLeod Andrews does an outstanding depiction of David Thorne, who is desperate to find out the truth about the disappearance of Emily Carlino, the love of his life. David's search for answers becomes more intense when he meets Maddison Sutton, a woman who eerily looks and acts just like Emily. Andrews's tone is primarily serious, with added notes of mystery,... Read More

THE OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT

THE OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT

by Mariko Turk | Read by Allison Hiroto

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Allison Hiroto establishes a steady yet passionate voice for Alina, a high school junior and ballerina who abandons her dream of becoming a professional dancer after suffering a broken leg. Now she must learn to navigate feelings of jealousy as she watches the other ballerinas perform without her. This pause gives her the opportunity to reflect on discrimination in the... Read More

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR

by Nicci French | Read by Imogen Church

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Nicci French's Frieda Klein series may be less delighted by the authors' new audio thriller, a one-off about a music teacher named Bonnie who puts together a summer pickup band to play for a friend's wedding. The group is joined by an appealing but obviously disruptive rocker of some reputation who begins seducing people he shouldn't, appropriating funds not his, and... Read More

OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR

OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR

by A.E. Ali | Read by Almarie Guerra

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Almarie Guerra's warm voice welcomes young listeners to a comforting story of friendships and the sharing of family traditions. On Musa's first day of kindergarten, his kind teacher, Ms. Gupta, promises the class that they will all become friends. Sweet-voiced Musa is worried, but Ms. Gupta provides a fun topic to discuss with his new classmates--what is everyone's... Read More

OUR ONLY HOME

OUR ONLY HOME A Climate Appeal to the World

by Dalai Lama, Franz Alt | Read by Brian Nishii, Angelo Di Loreto

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a collection of speeches, letters, and quotations by the world-renowned spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on the crisis of climate change. Some of the audiobook features interviews between the two authors as they discuss environmental activism and climate justice from a Buddhist perspective. It's impossible for any narrator to embody the Dalai Lama's ineffable... Read More

OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW

OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW

by Beatriz Williams | Read by Nicola Barber, Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Nicola Barber and Cassandra Campbell share the narration of this spy story set primarily during the Cold War. Twins Iris and Ruth have not spoken in years, not since Iris and her family defected to Russia when her husband was revealed to be a Soviet mole. In 1952, Ruth agrees to travel to Moscow with a U.S. diplomat to try to extract her sister from the USSR. Barber performs... Read More

OUTLAWED

OUTLAWED

by Anna North | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Cynthia Farrell portrays Ada, a midwife who is unable to conceive in a postapocalyptic America that equates barrenness with witchcraft, in this novel take on the Wild West. Cast out by her husband's family when she doesn't become pregnant, Ada's only hope is to be taken in by an unusual band of robbers led by the Kid, who hopes to create a safe haven for women. Farrell's... Read More

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