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THE PANDEMIC CENTURY

THE PANDEMIC CENTURY One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

by Mark Honigsbaum | Read by John Lee

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Listeners may find themselves checking for symptoms as they explore this well-researched volume detailing efforts to identify and eradicate better known and more obscure pandemics of the twentieth century, including Spanish influenza, parrot fever, AIDS and ebola. John Lee's narration appreciably enhances this illuminating audiobook. His steady voice, careful pacing, and... Read More

THE PANDORA ROOM

THE PANDORA ROOM

by Christopher Golden | Read by Amber Benson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Amber Benson offers a solid narration of this audiobook--a blend of archaeology, action, and horror. Ben Walker works for the National Science Foundation, investigating the world's strangest phenomena for their potential for weaponization by the U.S. Walker is summoned to an archaeological dig, where Sophie Durand and her team appear to have found Pandora's box. When a... Read More

PAN'S LABYRINTH: THE LABYRINTH OF THE FAUN

PAN'S LABYRINTH: THE LABYRINTH OF THE FAUN

by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke | Read by Thom Rivera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Thom Rivera's relaxed tone and Spanish accent are a perfect complement to this audiobook based on Guillermo del Toro's movie of the same name. As Ofelia completes the tasks given to her by the faun of the labyrinth in order to reunite with her true family, Rivera voices her with high, breathy tones and the confidence of a child who is trying to prove herself. The... Read More

THE PARIS DIVERSION

THE PARIS DIVERSION

Earphones Award Winner

by Chris Pavone | Read by Mozhan Marnò

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mozhan Marnò's performance of the latest installment in Chris Pavone's Kate Moore series is perfection. Her voice is beautiful, her French pronunciation expert, her foreigners speaking French with bad accents ditto. Pavone has a lot of backstory to fill in, which makes for a discursive setup, but Marnò creates tension and pace with attention to expression, personality, and... Read More

THE PARTING GLASS

THE PARTING GLASS

by Gina Marie Guadagnino | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell masterfully creates, sustains, and switches among a wide array of accents from the British Isles. Her skill produces authentic-sounding dialogue from the generous number of characters in this historical romance. The primary character, an Irish immigrant in nineteenth-century New York, works as a lady's maid to an upper-class Yankee, drinks at the... Read More

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

Earphones Award Winner

by Randy Ribay | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo expresses the many emotional shifts of Jay Reguero. The audiobook begins with Jay's early memory of connection with his compassionate cousin, Jun, while visiting the Philippines, where he is originally from. Now 17, Jay finds himself unmotivated by college acceptance and dulled by video games. De Ocampo juxtaposes this fog with a rush of feelings when... Read More

A PEOPLE'S FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES

A PEOPLE'S FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

by Victor LaValle [Ed.], John Joseph Adams [Ed.] | Read by Vikas Adam, Paul Boehmer, William DeMeritt, Darrell Dennis, Kyla Garcia, Victor LaValle, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo, Prentice Onayemi, Roxana Ortega, Nancy Wu, Dani Martineck, N'Jameh Camara

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

If the mix of amazing writing talent like N.K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, and Seanan McGuire doesn't convince listeners to devour this futuristic audio anthology, then the overflow of narrator talent should. LaValle and Adams's anthology of complex technological futures features characters who are marginalized people and even some silver linings. The narrators include talented folks... Read More

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

by Mathangi Subramanian | Read by Jeed Saddy

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jeed Saddy brings to life the four buoyant women who educate us on the power within the downtrodden. Her range as a narrator is put to good use as she switches between Deepa, Joy, Rokshana, and Padma. The girls, and their mothers, work together to keep the city of Bangalore from demolishing their only home. Ironically named Heaven, the slum is all they have--except for each... Read More

THE PERFECT DATE

THE PERFECT DATE

by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lörincz | Read by Paula Andrea

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In this multicultural romance narrated by Paula Andrea, Angel Gomez is a Puerto Rican single mother and nursing student, and Caleb "The Duke" Lewis is an African-American baseball star. What begins as a chance meeting soon leads to much more. Andrea's lively narration is full of unusual tonal choices and inconsistent accents, both of which distract the listener. Her performance... Read More

THE PERFECT LIAR

THE PERFECT LIAR

by Thomas Christopher Greene | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tavia Gilbert expertly creates an atmosphere of suspense as she delivers a story of the complicated entanglement of two people who have plenty of dark secrets between them. Susannah is a young widow who is happily remarried to Max, a darling of the New York art scene. When they begin a new life together on a teaching fellowship in Vermont, everything seems perfect... Read More

THE PERSON YOU MEAN TO BE

THE PERSON YOU MEAN TO BE How Good People Fight Bias

by Dolly Chugh, Laszlo Bock [Foreword] | Read by Soneela Nankani, Dolly Chugh, Laszlo Bock

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

In a clear, steady voice, narrator Soneela Nankani echoes the practicality and encouragement of the theme of this audiobook--we are all works in progress capable of "good-ishness." Drawing from current research and in-depth interviews, social psychologist Dolly Chugh offers an incisive and accessible guide for becoming a more inclusive and aware person. The point isn't... Read More

THE PIRATE WORLD

THE PIRATE WORLD A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers

by Angus Konstam | Read by Jonathan Cowley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

What's a pirate? What's a privateer? Narrator Jonathan Cowley draws fine lines with his voice as author Angus Konstam makes such distinctions. Listeners likely won't retain all the historical details, even if they remember the precise terms for famous figures like Sir Francis Drake and Henry Morgan. After all, the first known pirates were in the fourteenth century B.C., and... Read More

A PLACE TO BELONG

A PLACE TO BELONG

by Cynthia Kadohata | Read by Jennifer Ikeda

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jennifer Ikeda perfectly captures the confusion of a girl displaced by war and hardship. For years, the only home Japanese-American Hanako has known is an internment camp. When she and her family are released at the end of WWII, they decide to renounce their American citizenship and return to her father's birthplace near Hiroshima, where they face uncertainty about... Read More

PLACES AND NAMES

PLACES AND NAMES On War, Revolution, and Returning

by Elliot Ackerman | Read by Elliot Ackerman, Mark Deakins

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is a frustrating but ultimately rewarding listen. The audiobook focuses on author/narrator Ackerman's return to the Middle East, where he fought as a Marine. He explains in a sympathetic tone the many complexities of life and war in that region. His account of the second battle of Fallujah is extraordinary--as was his heroism. What is frustrating is that Ackerman does not... Read More

PLANET EARTH IS BLUE

PLANET EARTH IS BLUE

by Nicole Panteleakos | Read by Dylan Moore

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Dylan Moore's slow, even pacing gives voice to 12-year-old Nova, a nonverbal foster child on the autism spectrum who is counting down the days to the promised return of her runaway sister, Bridget, on the day of the space shuttle CHALLENGER's launch. In flashbacks, listeners hear Bridget's fierce, protective love for Nova in her tough tone, which is sharp with the... Read More

THE PLAZA

THE PLAZA The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel

by Julie Satow | Read by Jefferson Mays

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Jefferson Mays delivers something between a conspiratorial and a conversational tone in his impeccable performance of this revelatory story. He seems to delight in the machinations that are part of The Plaza hotel's decidedly checkered history. Mays subtly evokes the crowded cast of guests--from the fictional Eloise to the Beatles--and owners--from Harry Black and... Read More

PLEASE CONTINUE

PLEASE CONTINUE

by Frank Basloe | Read by Tara Lynne Barr, Will Brittain, Jake Green, Taj Jegaraj, Rob Morrow, James Scully, Mark Jude Sullivan, Matthew Wolf

L.A. Theatre Works | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

With admirable vocal naturalism and almost maddening nonchalance, Matthew Wolf, Will Brittain, and other members of an ensemble cast bring to life the true story of a series of obedience/conformity experiments performed upon students at Yale University in the early 1960s. The repeated phrase "Please continue" takes on an eerily sinister quality as the professor and graduate... Read More

THE POISON BED

THE POISON BED

by Elizabeth Fremantle | Read by Karen Cass, Steve West

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Political machinations behind the English and Scottish thrones come to life through the magical voices of Karen Cass and Steve West, both experienced narrators of court-centered intrigue. The crisp tones of Cass contrast with the deep, smoky voice of West as scandal rocks the Jacobean court in 1615. West portrays Robert Carr, the king's lover, with passion. West's soft burr for... Read More

THE PORPOISE

THE PORPOISE

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Haddon | Read by Tim McInnerny

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is a perfect storm in which the beautiful yet brutal powers of author Mark Haddon and narrator Tim McInnerny collide in an awesome display. The emotional center of the work is a girl whose harsh entry into the world merely foreshadowed an even more disturbing life to come. She escapes that life by way of story, and we soon enter into her own very personal... Read More

POSSESSED BY MEMORY

POSSESSED BY MEMORY The Inward Light of Criticism

Earphones Award Winner

by Harold Bloom | Read by Stephen Mendel

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This superb audiobook is a seminar in great poetry from the Old Testament to the century just past. Bloom, our most revered literary critic, who is in his late 80s now, looks back at the poems and authors he's most admired. Many of the recent poets are friends now departed, and a sense of nostalgia and loss pervades the material. Stephen Mendel is an especially effective... Read More

POUNDING THE ROCK

POUNDING THE ROCK Basketball Dreams and Real Life in a Bronx High School

by Marc Skelton | Read by Pete Larkin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating in an enthusiastic voice, Pete Larkin brings to life Marc Skelton's quasi-memoir about coaching a high school basketball team in the Bronx. Skelton provides a thoughtful perspective as he shares his commitment to the success of his players--on and off the court. Larkin's voice seems a bit on the older side for the author's first-person story, but that doesn't take... Read More

PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS

PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS

by Sonali Dev | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

For a story built on first impressions, perceptions, and secrets, tonal variety is key. Narrator Soneela Nankani does a beautiful job with the nuances in this fresh take on the Jane Austen classic. Chef DJ Caine is hospitable but steely to Dr. Trisha Raje after their disastrous initial meeting. The two are thrown together constantly by a series of circumstances, and there's an... Read More

A PRINCE ON PAPER

A PRINCE ON PAPER Reluctant Royals, Book 3

by Alyssa Cole | Read by Karen Chilton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karen Chilton returns to this series on modern royals with her signature upbeat energy. In this international love story, Nya Jerami, of Thesolo, and Johan von Braustein, the playboy prince of Liechtienbourg, strike up a fake romance that starts to feel like true love. Chilton's voice becomes more reserved as Nya and Johan stop hiding behind their families' and the... Read More

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL Once Upon a Con, Book 2

by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, Caitlin Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

It takes the talents of three narrators to carry off this fairy-tale-inspired identity-swap caper set at a sci-fi and fantasy convention. Caitlin Davies infuses plenty of pent-up frustration into her performance as Jess, an actress who is desperate to escape her role as Princess Amara in Starfield, a popular science-fiction franchise. Emily Lawrence ably portrays the slangy... Read More

PUPPY LOVE

PUPPY LOVE Service Puppies, Book 1

by Lucy Gilmore | Read by Lauren Sweet

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Wilderness firefighter Harrison Parks, who needs a diabetic service dog, doesn't know what's in store for him in this audiobook. He finds his way to dog trainer Sophie Vasquez, who owns Puppy Promise with her two sisters. Narrator Lauren Sweet does a good job voicing Sophie and her sisters, giving them distinct voices that match their personalities. Sweet has Sophie sounding... Read More

QUEEN BEY

QUEEN BEY A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

by Veronica Chambers [Ed.] | Read by January LaVoy, Sullivan Jones

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrators January LaVoy and Sullivan Jones smoothly trade chapters of a collection exploring the influence of pop star Beyoncé. Jones voices the peppy, more lighthearted contributions, while LaVoy is the steady-paced voice narrating more academic pieces. Together they explore a wide range of topics from the artist's rise as a household name to the marital conflict that became... Read More

THE QUINTLAND SISTERS

THE QUINTLAND SISTERS

by Shelley Wood | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tavia Gilbert tells Emma's story, reading from the journal of this fictional character and giving her a believable voice with a wide range of emotions. Shelly Wood places 17-year-old Emma, a midwife-in-training, at the northern Ontario farm of the Dionne family when the world was captivated by the birth of five identical baby girls. Emma has a young, eager voice full of... Read More

RADICAL KINDNESS

RADICAL KINDNESS The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

by Angela C. Santomero, Deepak Chopra [Foreword] | Read by Angela C. Santomero, Michael David Axtell [Foreword]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The creator and writer of popular children's shows like "Blues Clues" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" believes that tiny acts of kindness make a big difference. Influenced by Fred Rogers's unwavering kindness, Santomero provides an interesting overview of compassion and judgment--toward oneself and others. She presents listeners with simple, helpful techniques to implement... Read More

RADICALIZED

RADICALIZED

by Cory Doctorow | Read by Wil Wheaton, Stefan Rudnicki, Mirron Willis, Lameece Issaq

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Cory Doctorow's four futuristic novellas are aided by four well-chosen narrators who each capture the essence of their given story. The works reflect today's issues and come to life through Doctorow's usual insightful and critical lens. Each novella offers something interesting-- from Poe's classic story reimagined as a tale of a modern apocalypse ("Masque of the Red Death") to... Read More

RAFE

RAFE A Buff Male Nanny: Loose Ends, Book 1

by Rebekah Weatherspoon | Read by Lacy Laurel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Lacy Laurel conveys cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Sloan Copeland's frustration when her nanny abruptly resigns. Sloan quickly hires male nanny Rafe Whitcomb, who bonds with Sloan and her personable twin daughters. Laurel employs youthful voices for Sloan's twins, adding humor to Weatherspoon's story. Sloan herself sounds appealing. For Rafe, Laurel chooses a much lower... Read More

RANGE

RANGE Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

by David Epstein | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Will Damron narrates this fast-paced and highly engaging work of nonfiction--essentially a love letter to liberal education. Damron passionately delivers its message on why it is better to be a jack-of-all-trades than a specialist. Each new study and piece of evidence is followed by interesting anecdotal evidence. Damron connects well with listeners. At times, he has a pleading... Read More

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

by Jeff Zentner | Read by Sophie Amoss, Phoebe Strole

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Sophie Amoss and Phoebe Strole alternate narrating this story about two best friends who are facing the uncertainties of life after high school. For two years Josie (performed by Amoss) and Delia (by Strole) have hosted a semi-successful local-access TV show that airs B-grade horror flicks. As graduation approaches, the girls must weigh the future of the show against... Read More

REBEL

REBEL Women Who Dare

by Beverly Jenkins | Read by Kim Staunton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Kim Staunton's strong and optimistic voice complements a smoldering romance that heats up during the hardships and triumphs of the post-Emancipation period. Valinda has come to New Orleans to teach but is drawn into the city's melting pot of culture and history, which Staunton depicts with a mix of French, Creole, and Caribbean accents. When Valinda finds herself in... Read More

RECURSION

RECURSION

by Blake Crouch | Read by Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Because scientist Helena Smith and detective Barry Sutton relive certain events in their lives repeatedly but slightly differently, narrators Abby Craden and Jon Lindstrom get to create "alternative takes" of their performances in this audiobook. Happily for listeners, both the characters and the narrators' performances grow more nuanced with repetition. Helena's mother has... Read More

THE RED DAUGHTER

THE RED DAUGHTER

Earphones Award Winner

by John Burnham Schwartz | Read by Kathleen Gati, Mark Bramhall, John Burnham Schwartz [Note]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin's daughter, may be mostly forgotten now, but narrator Kathleen Gati brings her to life in this audiobook. The audiobook tells her story through her fictional journals. Narrator Mark Bramhall is equally fine as the fictionalized lawyer who brings Svetlana to the U.S. The novel is mostly true to history, with a few changed names, and the... Read More

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

by Casey McQuiston | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo brings out all the emotion in this tender, serious, funny, and warmly hopeful love story. Smart, snarky Alex Claremont-Diaz, first son of the United States, is about to graduate from Georgetown and is eager to work on his mother's reelection campaign. Then he falls headlong into a whirlwind and very secret romance with England's Prince Henry. De Ocampo... Read More

THE REMARKABLE INVENTIONS OF WALTER MORTINSON

THE REMARKABLE INVENTIONS OF WALTER MORTINSON

by Quinn Sosna-Spear | Read by Graham Halstead

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Graham Halstead skillfully narrates this audiobook full of quirky characters and wacky scenes reminiscent of Roald Dahl. Walter Mortinson is a 12-year old inventor who is struggling within the confines of the bland factory town of Moormouth. He and his friend, Cordelia, decide to run away, and the two embark on a wild road trip to find Walter's hero, the famed inventor... Read More

REPUBLIC OF LIES

REPUBLIC OF LIES American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

by Anna Merlan | Read by Suehyla El-Attar, Anna Merlan [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you believe that the queen of England deals drugs or that Hillary Clinton runs a child pornography ring, this audiobook is not for you. Narrator Suehyla El-Attar channels, and amplifies, the author's bewilderment, disappointment, and occasional flashes of anger as she documents the threats to our fragile democracy from conspiracy theorists (CTs). El-Attar smoothly transports... Read More

RIDING THE ELEPHANT

RIDING THE ELEPHANT A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations

by Craig Ferguson | Read by Craig Ferguson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If eclectic, sharp-witted observations on a well-lived life presented in a lyrical style are your cup of tea, Craig Ferguson's words and skillful audio performance will amuse and entertain. Ferguson, best known for his 10 years at the helm of CBS's "Late Late Show," liberally employs his Scottish lilt in a narration that enhances the stronger pieces and strengthens the weaker... Read More

RIGHT HO, JEEVES

RIGHT HO, JEEVES Jeeves, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by P.G. Wodehouse | Read by Simon Jones

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Simon Jones breathes life into the character of English gentleman Bertie Wooster as he tries to assist in three different love affairs--with disastrous yet comic consequences. Jones shines in conveying the superciliousness of Wooster; the level-headedness of his valet, Jeeves; and the crazy antics of the lovelorn. A comedy of errors ensues that only worsens as Wooster... Read More

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

by Ben Shapiro | Read by Ben Shapiro

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners familiar with the prolific author's incendiary YouTube appearances will be pleasantly surprised by his performance of this audiobook, a well-crafted examination of why Western civilization is in danger of falling apart. Flawless phrasing and accurate interpretations are expected from author/narrators (who know exactly what they are trying to say), and Shapiro delivers... Read More

THE RIVIERA AFFAIR

THE RIVIERA AFFAIR Yellow Cottage, Book 4

by J. New | Read by Jilly Bond

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sink down into a chintz armchair, sip your tea, and listen to narrator Jilly Bond entertain you with a classic British "cosy" mystery. The plot bounces along, and the sun-drenched seashore setting is well described. The intrepid, matronly protagonists are stock characters you will recognize and adore. This story is number four in the Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Bond... Read More

ROAR

ROAR

by Cecelia Ahern | Read by Aisling Bea, Lara Sawalha, Adjoa Andoh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three uniquely talented narrators--Aisling Bea, Lara Sawalha, and Adjoa Andoh--take listeners through 30 short stories featuring the many ways women show their compassionate and resourcefulness in a difficult world. Each story includes a bit of magical realism, plenty of wordplay, and an enjoyable drama that reveals the strength of women. The multiple narrators give listeners... Read More

A ROGUE BY NIGHT

A ROGUE BY NIGHT Devils of Dover, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Kelly Bowen | Read by Ashford McNab

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Ashford McNab narrates a complicated and compelling story of romance between two damaged individuals. Katharine Wright, a doctor who was once a smuggler, reluctantly falls in love with Harland Hayward, a sometimes smuggler who is also a doctor. The complexity of the situation they find themselves in is mirrored in their feelings for each other. McNab does an excellent job... Read More

ROSEWATER INSURRECTION

ROSEWATER INSURRECTION The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 2

by Tade Thompson | Read by Bayo Gbadamosi

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

With precision and clarity, Bayo Gbadamosi narrates Book 2 of the Wormwood Trilogy, making this Afrofuturistic novel set in Nigeria come alive. At first, he employs a Nigerian accent that draws the listener in. Then his accent and tone change as the story presents multiple points of view. Throughout, Gbadamosi delivers each word with a sort of permanence that speaks to the... Read More

THE ROSIE RESULT

THE ROSIE RESULT Don Tillman, Book 3

by Graeme Simsion | Read by Dan O'Grady

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Dan O'Grady achieves a unique performance as he portrays Professor Don Tillman, whose social anxiety and awkwardness are illuminated as his young son develops similar issues. Because this story is told in the first person by a character who doesn't have any vocal affect since Don doesn't know how to differentiate or express most emotions, O'Grady is tasked with... Read More

ROUGH MAGIC

ROUGH MAGIC Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

by Lara Prior-Palmer | Read by Henrietta Meire

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lara Prior-Palmer jokes that her upper-class British accent is full of entitlement, and narrator Henrietta Meire certainly possesses that posh undertone in her accent. But Prior-Palmer is also authentic and self-deprecating, and Meire expresses that likability with energy and vulnerability in her voice. At 19 years old, on a whim and with no experience or preparation,... Read More

RULES FOR VISITING

RULES FOR VISITING

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Francis Kane | Read by Emily Rankin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This gentle story of human connection thrives under narrator Emily Rankin's care. May Attaway, a gardener at a university, is awarded an unprecedented month's leave for helping a professor win a poetry award. She cultivated the poem's subject: a yew tree. May had moved home to help care for her ailing mother, who soon died tragically--details are unclear at first. Ever since,... Read More

SABRINA & CORINA

SABRINA & CORINA Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Read by Almarie Guerra, Roxana Ortega, Alma Cuervo, Ana Isabel, Kyla Garcia, Marisol Ramirez

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook collection sparkles with wit and wisdom. Mostly set in Denver, Colorado, these short stories present a range of narrative styles that give them individuality and create a unique listening experience. In the title story, narrator Roxana Ortega vividly portrays various female characters, mainly Mexican-Americans. Marisol Ramirez, does excellent work in "Any Further... Read More

SAKINA'S RESTAURANT

SAKINA'S RESTAURANT

Earphones Award Winner

by Aasif Mandvi | Read by Aasif Mandvi

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Full of easy humor and a wide-eyed sense of discovery, writer/comedian Aasif Mandvi reprises his 1998 Obie Award-winning one-man play about a young man who leaves his village in India to work in a Manhattan restaurant. He stays with the restaurant owner's family, and each member of the family has their own story to tell. Mandvi effortlessly hops from the individual voices and... Read More

SARATOGA TRUNK

SARATOGA TRUNK

Earphones Award Winner

by Edna Ferber | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's classic novel set in New Orleans in the 1880s receives a flawless performance by Robin Miles. First published in 1941, the novel highlights the universal themes of ambition, greed, revenge, and, most importantly, the power of love. In a retrospective, 89-year-old tycoon and media darling Clint Maroon reveals his life as a robber baron... Read More

THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE

THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE Perveen Mistry, Book 2

by Sujata Massey | Read by Sneha Mathan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sneha Mathan makes the fictional state of Satapur in 1920s India seem real through her portrayal of lawyer-turned-detective Perveen Mistry. Mathan's narration is quick, light, and easy on the ear, helping us make sense of the palace intrigue that soon entangles Perveen. Listeners travel with her to the conservative Satapur area where she tries to make sense of a massive feud in... Read More

SAY SOMETHING!

SAY SOMETHING!

by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Peter H. Reynolds

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Peter H. Reynolds encourages each of his young listeners to find their voice, as even a single voice can make an impact on the world. This audiobook is beautifully narrated by the writer, with some help from a few children. The gentle, melodious music that accompanies each section harmonizes with the fluid tones of the text, enhancing the audiobook's message.... Read More

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

Earphones Award Winner

by Baroness Orczy | Read by Bill Homewood

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Listeners become immersed in the dramatic days of the French Revolution and the rush to save aristocrats by the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Through the narration of Bill Homewood, listeners will puzzle over the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, agonize with Marguerite over the fate of the brave hero, and worry about the evil plots of the villain Chauvelin. Though the... Read More

THE SCHOLAR

THE SCHOLAR Cormac Reilly, Book 2

by Dervla McTiernan | Read by Aoife McMahon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The ruthless world of academic scholarship rears its head in this gripping audiobook, narrated in an intense but gentle tone by Aoife McMahon. The story focuses on Detective Inspector Cormac Reilly, whose girlfriend, Dr. Emma Sweeney, discovers the body of a hit-and-run victim whose identification says she is the heir to Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company.... Read More

THE SCOUNDREL IN HER BED

THE SCOUNDREL IN HER BED Sins for All Seasons, Book 3

by Lorraine Heath | Read by Kate Reading

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kate Reading, winner of multiple Earphones Awards and a prolific narrator, flawlessly narrates this story of love, loss, and redemption. Lady Lavinia Kent and commoner Finn Trewlove fall in love when they are young. Separated by Lavinia's parents, each blames the other and keeps tragic secrets. When fate brings them back together, will love conquer all? Reading's British... Read More

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

by Jean Kwok | Read by Angela Lin, Samantha Quan, Caroline McLaughlin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three talented narrators portray three women whose stories draw the listener into this mystery. Sylvie Lee disappears while she is visiting Holland to be with her dying grandmother. Narrator Angela Lin portrays Sylvie, and Samantha Quan her younger sister, Amy; both capture the characters' individual personalities as presented by Kwok. However, Caroline McLaughlin's performance... Read More

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN The Quest for a Moral Life

by David Brooks | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Though Brooks, a NEW YORK TIMES columnist, is a frequent television commentator, this audiobook is narrated by Arthur Morey. But it seems as if Brooks is talking directly to the listener. Since this is an intimate work about finding life's meaning that relies heavily on research and quotes from philosophers and writers, that conversational tone is critical to the audiobook's... Read More

SECRET SOLDIERS

SECRET SOLDIERS How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a smooth narration, Ron Butler tells the story of how the artists, actors, camouflage experts, sound designers, and other specialists of the U.S. Special Troops of WWII worked together to trick the Nazis into thinking they were facing troops, men, and equipment that were a cunning fabrication. Butler's recounting of outlandish and detailed ruses used to outwit the enemy is... Read More

THE SECRETARY

THE SECRETARY

by Renée Knight | Read by Victoria Hamilton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The slow build of this audiobook may seem a bit off-putting at first, but it soon becomes obvious that the mounting tension and gradual reveals are intentional. They're an important part of understanding just how twisted and complicated the relationship at the heart of the story truly is. Narrator Victoria Hamilton is masterful at creating two distinct characters: celebrity... Read More

SELF-HELP

SELF-HELP

Earphones Award Winner

by Lorrie Moore | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lorrie Moore's razor-sharp collection of nine introspective, bitingly ironic short stories is complemented by Jane Oppenheimer's contemplative, wryly humorous narration. Delivering stories focusing on such themes as the challenges of new and long-term relationships, personal and professional growth, and children's relationships with their parents, Oppenheimer deftly endows the... Read More

THE SENTENCE IS DEATH

THE SENTENCE IS DEATH Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Rory Kinnear

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rory Kinnear returns to narrate the meta-detective series by Anthony Horowitz, which also features the author as one of the characters. To start, Horowitz is roped into writing another book about consulting detective Daniel Hawthorne. Kinnear's take on this Holmes-and- Watson relationship is spot-on. As Horowitz, Kinnear's tone reflects exasperation. As Hawthorne, he sounds... Read More

SEPARATE

SEPARATE The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Earphones Award Winner

by Steve Luxenberg | Read by Donald Corren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Donald Corren does a masterful job reading this audiobook. In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled that if states wanted to segregate African-Americans from whites, then it was constitutional for them to do so. That the case made few ripples at the time speaks volumes about the country at the turn of the twentieth century. Its legacy, though, was dramatic. Corren's tone has... Read More

SERIOUS EATER

SERIOUS EATER A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption

by Ed Levine, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt [Fore.] | Read by Ed Levine, Bill Oakley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ed Levine narrates with the passion of personal experience. The food writer, impresario, and founder of Serious Eats--a major web presence in all things culinary--tells the story of his trials and tribulations in getting his popular site funded. It's part autobiography (his parents died when he was young), part memoir (he's had more than a hundred jobs), and part cautionary... Read More

SERVILIA AND HER FAMILY

SERVILIA AND HER FAMILY

by Susan Treggiari | Read by Lucy Rayner

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

This audiobook examining the life of Servilia, mother of Marcus Junius Brutus, is written by a classics scholar. As such, it poses challenges for listeners. First, the scope is fairly broad, covering dozens of lesser-known Romans whose names may be unfamiliar to a general audience. Second, despite much interesting data on the lives of Servilia, her relations, and the times in... Read More

THE SEVEN BASIC PLOTS

THE SEVEN BASIC PLOTS Why We Tell Stories

by Christopher Booker | Read by Liam Gerrard

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Liam Gerrard does his best to keep listeners engaged throughout the nearly 40 hours of this dense audiobook, which Booker worked on for 34 years and was published in print in 2004. Gerrard's inquisitive and even tone, steady pacing, and clear enunciation showcase Booker's words. The first section enumerates seven categories of plot, with an ambitious number of examples... Read More

SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK

SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK

by Sam Sykes | Read by Daisy May Parsons

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

The new epic fantasy series Grave of Empires begins with this audiobook, and narrator Daisy May Parsons provides a thrilling and immersive listening experience. The sprawling, blood-soaked story opens on a continent called the Scar, where an endless war rages between the Empire and the Revolution. The wonderfully named protagonist, Sal the Cacophony, is a prisoner of the... Read More

SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN

by Booth Tarkington | Read by Stacy Gonzalez

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

Stacy Gonzalez superbly re-creates life in an unnamed Midwestern town just before WWI. At the center are 17-year-old William "Willie" Baxter and his bratty, ever-present kid sister, Jane. Their tranquil summer changes when baby-talking, impressively portrayed Lola Pratt and her doglet, Flopit, arrive for a prolonged visit. Gonzalez is an excellent storyteller as Willie and his... Read More

SHADOW AND ICE

SHADOW AND ICE Gods of War, Book 1

by Gena Showalter | Read by Melissa Moran, Leo Barnabas

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

While listeners will fall in love with narrator Melissa Moran's smooth vocals for the hero and heroine, they may struggle with narrator Leo Barnabas's over-the-top theatricality in this paranormal romance. When Vale London and her sister stumble into an ice cave, warriors who have been frozen in time inside it escape and unwittingly draw Vale into their war. Separated from her... Read More

SHADOWSCENT

SHADOWSCENT

by P.M. Freestone | Read by Steve West, Laura Aikman

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Steve West and Laura Aikman pair up to narrate a new fantasy adventure set in the kingdom of Aramtesh, where scent has power. With her melodic English accent, Aikman portrays Rakel, a village girl with a keen nose and an ailing father. West, whose has a baritone voice and English accent, portrays Ash, the shield and close friend of the prince. Rakel and Ash met at the blooming... Read More

SHE DREAMS

SHE DREAMS Live the Life You Were Created For

by Tiffany Bluhm | Read by Tiffany Bluhm

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Writer and narrator Tiffany Bluhm takes listeners on a journey through the heart and into their dreams with her new audiobook. Bluhm's cheerful voice and positive attitude lift the spirit with stories of women who used their gifts of courage, grace, and dreams to live the lives that they felt God was calling them to. She keeps the listener engaged with personal stories and... Read More

SHERWOOD

SHERWOOD

by Meagan Spooner | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Fiona Hardingham's forceful tones embody the strength and resolve of Maid Marian, who is grappling with grief and anger in the wake of Robin of Loxley's death. As Marian undertakes an unusual and dangerous new role, Hardingham fully captures the characters in Spooner's take on the Robin Hood stories. From the nasal, aggressive Sir Guy, to the brave, clever Elena and... Read More

A SHOT IN THE DARK

A SHOT IN THE DARK

by Lynne Truss | Read by Matt Green

Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Matt Green enters riotously into this madcap mystery by Lynne Truss, author of the famously funny guide to punctuation EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES. Full of slyness, slapstick, and utter English silliness, Truss's confection features bumbling Inspector Steine, well-meaning Sergeant Brunswick, and a constable who's been fired from previous postings for being too smart. Also, a... Read More

SHOUTING AT THE RAIN

SHOUTING AT THE RAIN

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt | Read by Lisa Cordileone

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lisa Cordileone convincingly portrays both tween and adult characters, immersing listeners in the timeless story of Delsie, her grandmother, and their neighbors, who live in a coastal Cape Cod town. Delsie had been looking forward to summer with her best friend, Brandy, but this year Brandy has befriended a mean girl named Tressa. Tressa's bored drawl contrasts with... Read More

SICK OF ME

SICK OF ME From Transparency to Transformation

by Whitney Capps | Read by Whitney Capps

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Spirituality

In a warm and enthusiastic voice, author Whitney Capps dives into an upbeat narration that encourages listeners to combat the facades of daily life with vulnerable transparency. In an emphatic and conversational tone, Capps reminds her audience that Christ calls for His people to be aware of and honest about our shortcomings and to take the next step to find transformation in... Read More

SING TO IT

SING TO IT

by Amy Hempel | Read by Amy Hempel

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this long-awaited collection of short stories--Hempel's last title was published more than a decade ago--there is a gorgeous matter-of-factness to her narration, a graceful simplicity that creates an almost hypnotic pattern among these distinct stories. Whether characters are pondering animal or human relationships, conflicts or resolutions, gains or (more often) losses,... Read More

SISSY

SISSY A Coming-of-Gender Story

by Jacob Tobia | Read by Jacob Tobia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

LGBTQ+ activist Jacob Tobia narrates their own coming-of-age memoir, focusing on childhood through their college graduation. As a child, Tobia was the frequent victim of gender policing, in their case, being forced into traditionally masculine pursuits and aesthetics. As a teen, they came out as a gay man, although they knew that this identity wasn't entirely accurate. It... Read More

SISTERS OF SUMMER'S END

SISTERS OF SUMMER'S END

by Lori Foster | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

As two women become involved in romances, narrator Vivienne Leheny gives each of them a fitting voice. Joy works as an activity director at the RV park where Maris runs the camp store and café. Both Maris and Joy have difficult pasts that they are learning to overcome, and Leheny aptly expresses the tentative steps they take toward deepening their friendship. Joy falls for... Read More

SKELETON KEYS

SKELETON KEYS The Secret Life of Bones

by Brian Switek | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Will Damron gives the opening anecdote of this audiobook the tone of a true-crime story. It's not a murder case, but a would-be suicide stopped by an ossified larynx. The author, who has worked with paleontology field crews, tells the story of life's rise from the sea as seen in a tiny doodle of a fossil that had an early spine and skeletal system. Damron keeps up the... Read More

THE SLOW BURN

THE SLOW BURN Moonlight and Motor Oil, Book 2

by Kristen Ashley | Read by Stella Bloom, Lance Greenfield

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners will find this a well-matched dual narration by Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield. Struggling single mother Adeline Forrester wants to date family friend Tobias Gamble, but both worry about their families' reactions. Bloom has a birdlike chirp that pleasantly mirrors Addie's determination to persevere through difficult times. Her male voices are startlingly realistic,... Read More

SLOW RIDE

SLOW RIDE Road to Love, Book 2

by Lori Foster | Read by John Lane

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator John Lane already has the listener feeling the heat between Ronnie Ashford and Jack Crews as the story opens with Ronnie catching sight of Jack in a bar. Ronnie collects unusual artifacts for her employers, who hire Jack to act as her driver. Ronnie has a troubled past and is slow to allow people to get close to her. Lane's sexy voice perfectly delivers Jack's... Read More

SO BIG

SO BIG

by Edna Ferber | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Ferber won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1924 novel, and the incomparable Cassandra Campbell expertly wields the microphone in her performance of this quiet classic. Campbell's gentle delivery exudes empathy and confidence as she animates the life of Selina Peake DeJong, a woman with multifaceted experiences and an independent streak. Campbell's performance gives this... Read More

THE SOCIALIST MANIFESTO

THE SOCIALIST MANIFESTO The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

by Bhaskar Sunkara | Read by Benjamin Isaac

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating this enlightening look at socialism's history and modern-day relevance, narrator Benjamin Isaac is easy to hear and understand. Some listeners will wish for a more colorful performance; his pleasing voice and faithful interpretations make the sentences clear, but his vocal style lacks the subtle emotional variations necessary to signal the thematic shifts and... Read More

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES: MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES: MIDDLE PERIOD VOLUME 1 Symposium, Theaetetus, Phaedo

by | Read by David Rintoul, Hugh Ross and a Full Cast

Ukemi Productions | Unabridged
Classics

These three works of Plato are given a splendid narration by David Rintoul, as the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, and by Hugh Ross and an ensemble cast, who each portray a different secondary character. SYMPOSIUM is a discourse by several individuals on the nature of love; THEAETETUS concerns the nature of knowledge; PHAEDO discusses the soul and is a dialogue that takes... Read More

SOLITARY

SOLITARY Unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope.

by Albert Woodfox | Read by JD Jackson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

JD Jackson is an outstanding narrator of this memoir of cruelty, casual corruption, and solitary confinement. Woodfox was serving a fifty-year stint in Angola prison in Louisiana when he was falsely accused of murdering a white guard and sent to solitary confinement for more than 40 years. Jackson sounds exactly like what Woodfox is--an older man who has seen so many bad things... Read More

SOMEONE KNOWS

SOMEONE KNOWS

by Lisa Scottoline | Read by Ari Fliakos, Brittany Pressley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Troubled teens, disturbed adults, and a twenty-year-old secret--all come full circle when Allie Garvey returns to her hometown for a high school friend's funeral. Narrator Brittany Pressley portrays Allie and the chapters from the points of view of the female characters. Pressley renders Allie's clinically depressed mom with a sometimes frenetic monotone, and Allie's queen bee... Read More

SON OF HAVANA

SON OF HAVANA A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back

by Luis Tiant, Saul Wisnia, Carl Yastrzemski [Fore.] | Read by Leon Nixon

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The challenge of narrating this audiobook is to clearly differentiate between its two alternating points of view: The third-person perspective of the author and the first-person perspective of former Boston Red Sox star Luis Tiant. Leon Nixon narrates both in a deep, serious tone which, while very clearly describing the life of the colorful baseball great, takes a slow, somber... Read More

THE SONG OF THE JADE LILY

THE SONG OF THE JADE LILY

by Kirsty Manning | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this dual-time-period audiobook with care and empathy. With the help of well-placed connections, 13-year-old Romy Bernfeld and her parents, who are Jewish, flee Nazi-occupied Austria for Shanghai, one of the few places in the world where no visa is required for entry. The contemporary story concerns Romy's granddaughter, Alexandra, who travels from... Read More

SORCERY OF THORNS

SORCERY OF THORNS

by Margaret Rogerson | Read by Emily Ellet

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Ellet narrates this captivating fantasy about a sword-wielding librarian in a world of sorcerers, demons, and grimoires with unique personalities. Ellet enchants the listener from the very beginning as magical grimoires whisper at apprentice librarian Elisabeth. However, the magic of the story is frequently interrupted by several small production edits, and the listener... Read More

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessie Ann Foley | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ron Butler has a challenging task in describing Pup Flanagan's large family. Sixteen-year-old Pup is the youngest of five "sister-mothers" and Luke, an angry, alcoholic brother. Butler manages to distinguish all of them, their overwhelming collective presence, and the unexpressed grief that lingers after the death of Patrick, the oldest. Though it's been two years, Pup... Read More

SOUTHERN LADY CODE

SOUTHERN LADY CODE Essays

by Helen Ellis | Read by Helen Ellis

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Helen Ellis is the perfect narrator for her humorous essays. She has just the right inflections and tone for her anecdotes and words of wisdom. Hearing about the decades between the 1980s and the 2010s, listeners are quickly indoctrinated into a world of euphemisms, unusual customs, and genteel hospitality, both in Alabama, where Ellis was raised, and in New York City,... Read More

SPARK

SPARK

by Sarah Beth Durst | Read by Eevin Hartsough

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Eevin Hartsough's youthful voice lends whimsy to the fantasy world of Alorria, where "storm beasts" and their human guardians control the weather. Twelve-year-old introverted Mina can't wait to become a guardian and change the world in her own way, but when her egg hatches and a lightning beast named Pixit emerges, everyone thinks it's a mistake. Lightning guardians... Read More

SPECTACLE

SPECTACLE

by Jodie Lynn Zdrok | Read by Laurie Catherine Winkel

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be immediately intrigued by this fantasy thriller. Set in 1887 Paris, the story is beautifully written, filled with descriptive language, and the cadence and pace of delivery make you feel as though you are there watching it all unfold. Laurie Winkel portrays 16-year-old Nathalie Baudin, a journalist who covers the daily arrivals at the Paris morgue. One day,... Read More

THE SPECTATORS

THE SPECTATORS

by Jennifer duBois | Read by Paul Boehmer, Nancy Linari

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Two distinctive settings are perfectly evoked in Nancy Linari and Paul Boehmer's superb narration of this philosophical and affecting novel. The story is told in alternating chapters that are linked by the character Matthew Miller, a lawyer who is the host of a sensational 1990s daytime television talk show. Linari skillfully brings listeners into the behind-the-scenes... Read More

SPIN THE DAWN

SPIN THE DAWN The Blood of Stars, Book 1

by Elizabeth Lim | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kim Mai Guest narrates this enchanting fantasy, in which Maia Tamarin must contend with several masters to become the imperial tailor and support her family. Women aren't allowed to become tailors, so Maia disguises herself as a man while she competes. Guest excels at providing vibrant, distinct voices for a wide cast of characters. Maia's voice, in particular, is carefully... Read More

THE SPOTTED DOG

THE SPOTTED DOG Corinna Chapman, Book 7

by Kerry Greenwood | Read by Jennifer Vuletic

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Audio has to be the best way to read a Kerry Greenwood novel. The Australian accents are delicious, and a deft narrator sweeps you happily past any momentary questions about believability. Jennifer Vuletic is that utterly deft narrator, and Phrynne Fisher fans who have not yet discovered Corinna Chapman, the contemporary plus-size heroine who bakes for a living and solves... Read More

SPYING ON THE SOUTH

SPYING ON THE SOUTH An Odyssey Across the American Divide

by Tony Horwitz | Read by Mark Deakins, Tony Horwitz [Prologue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This literary road trip translates well to audio, as it relies heavily on description and anecdote. The twin travelogue recounts Frederick Law Olmsted's journey through the pre-Civil War South and writer Tony Horwitz's 21st-century attempt to re-create that journey. At the time, Olmsted was working as a journalist for the NEW YORK TIMES. Mark Deakins offers an engaging... Read More

STARLINGS

STARLINGS

by Jo Walton | Read by C.S.E. Cooney, Rudy Sanda

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

Beginning with a rousing introduction, C.S.E. Cooney offers an enthusiastic narration of Walton's first collection of short fiction and poetry. All told, there are 20 stories, a one-act play, and 15 poems, many of which are populated by memorable characters and marked by sly humor. The challenge for the narrator of a collection like this is allowing for each piece to have a... Read More

STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND

STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND

by Samuel R. Delany | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Listeners require a skilled docent such as narrator Stefan Rudnicki to help them fully absorb this audiobook of Delany's masterwork. This dense slab of science fiction is crammed with characters, both alien and human, with fluid gender identities, and populated with planets near and far. But Rudnicki's melodious rumble makes this lengthy journey--which threatens to be... Read More

THE STATIONERY SHOP

THE STATIONERY SHOP

Earphones Award Winner

by Marjan Kamali | Read by Mozhan Marnò

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mozhan Marnò gives an extraordinary narration of this audiobook, set mainly in 1950s Iran and the U.S. Raised by progressive Iranian parents, Roya meets Bahman, an activist student, at a Tehran stationery shop. They are planning to marry when Bahman mysteriously disappears. Roya moves to California where she studies science and marries the caring Walter. Sixty years later, Roya... Read More

STAY SEXY & DON'T GET MURDERED

STAY SEXY & DON'T GET MURDERED The Definitive How-To Guide

by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark | Read by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Paul Giamatti, et al.

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark team up to narrate their dual memoir in which they reflect on the life experiences that shaped them as women, led them to meet each other, and, ultimately, inspired them to create the hit podcast "My Favorite Murder." Both women are unapologetically vulnerable as they share their stories about depression, addiction, and learning to value... Read More

STEPSISTER

STEPSISTER

by Jennifer Donnelly | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jayne Entwistle narrates this dark feminist Cinderella retelling, which is beautifully eerie and tragic. Isabelle has been the mean, ugly stepsister her entire life--going so far as to cut off her own toes in an effort to change her fate and be with the Prince. When that plan fails and beautiful Ella marries the Prince, the story really begins. Isabelle is frustrated with a... Read More

THE STIEHL ASSASSIN

THE STIEHL ASSASSIN The Fall of Shannara, Book 3

by Terry Brooks | Read by Simon Vance

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Simon Vance is no stranger to the narration of the Shannara series. This is the penultimate audiobook in the four-part Fall of Shannara, which is intended to conclude the more than forty-year series. Vance had to add very few characters to his library of Shannara familiars from the previous audiobook, THE SKAAR INVASION. The Skaar army is on the march, and Vance has plenty of... Read More

STILL IN LOVE

STILL IN LOVE

by Michael Downing | Read by George Newbern

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Portrayed by narrator George Newbern in this audiobook, Professor Mark Sternum teaches his beloved creative writing workshop, deals with faculty politics, and struggles with loneliness as his longtime partner works works overseas for six months. Teaching is Mark's love and his escape, both of which Newbern expertly conveys in his narration. The story is full of Mark's course... Read More

THE STONE CIRCLE

THE STONE CIRCLE

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Jane McDowell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jane McDowell returns to perform the 11th audiobook in the Ruth Galloway series. McDowell effectively differentiates its many characters, male and female, with diverse accents and a varied tone and pace. Her engaging voice charms listeners as the crime-solving archaeologist investigates bones found at a stone circle dig site. The plot also draws Galloway into solving... Read More

STONE MOTHERS

STONE MOTHERS

by Erin Kelly | Read by Fenella Fudge, Jane McDowell, Polly Edsell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The focus of this slow-burn audio suspense is an insane asylum that existed at a time when women were sometimes unfairly committed--often by their husbands. Narrators Fenella Fudge and Jane McDowell effectively portray two women whose buried secrets, tied to the institution, may be revealed--with potentially life-threatening results. Polly Edsell narrates the novel's... Read More

THE STONEWALL READER

THE STONEWALL READER

Earphones Award Winner

by The New York Public Library [Eds.], Edmund White [Fore.] | Read by a Full Cast

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A vibrant chorus of more than 20 voices narrates this accessible anthology focusing on LGBTQ experiences before, during, and after the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Told through a diverse array of first-person narratives, interviews, articles, and more, the anthology creates a kaleidoscopic view of the early Gay Liberation movement. The cast of narrators echoes this variety,... Read More

STORM CURSED

STORM CURSED Mercy Thompson, Book 11

by Patricia Briggs | Read by Lorelei King

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Lorelei King captures Mercy Thompson's matter-of-fact personality perfectly with her calm, composed approach. In this latest installment from author Briggs, Mercy and her crew solve a problem involving witches, goblins, and miniature goat zombies. For Mercy, it's just another typical day of protecting her territory. When King does infuse intense emotion, it has a lot... Read More

STORM OF LOCUSTS

STORM OF LOCUSTS The Sixth World, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Rebecca Roanhorse | Read by Tanis Parenteau

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Tanis Parenteau's spellbinding narration evokes the rugged authenticity of the postapocalyptic Navajo homeland of Dinétah. Her confident voice with its touch of snark deftly embodies the gritty charm of Diné bounty hunter Maggie Hoskie, who's trying really hard not to kill anyone. Parenteau's flawless narration builds with the story's dramatic tension as the White Locus rises... Read More

THE STRANGER DIARIES

THE STRANGER DIARIES

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, Sarah Feathers, Anjana Vasan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Four narrators are featured as murder comes to a British seaside town in this contemporary gothic tale. Clare, portrayed by Esther Wane in a confessional tone, discovers a chilling note scrawled in her diary following the death of her friend and teaching colleague. Anjana Vasan portrays Harbinder, a lesbian Sikh detective who is skeptical of Clare. Moments of cheek aside,... Read More

THE STRANGER GAME

THE STRANGER GAME

by Peter Gadol | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A powerful narrator, Rebekkah Ross takes listeners through the twists and turns of a thriller with a California edge. Shortly after her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, disappears, Rebecca, a middle-aged architect, searches for answers to what could have happened to him. The police seem strangely unconcerned, even as an article begins circulating the Internet about a viral... Read More

STRANGERS AND COUSINS

STRANGERS AND COUSINS

by Leah Hager Cohen | Read by Leah Hager Cohen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Whether you enjoy this gathering of Blumenthals, Erlands, and sundry in anticipation of the nuptials of Clem, Walter and Bennie Blumenthal's free-spirited daughter may depend on whether the author's naturally fluty voice is your cup of narrative tea. In imitators, it's a timbre that easily veers over the edge into the saccharine. But while Cohen's story is whimsical, it is far... Read More

THE STUDY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES

THE STUDY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES

by Lindsay Stern | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is a smart and clever story about love, family, ambition, and how people struggle every day to make it all work. Narrator MacLeod Andrews brings the main characters to life with brainy syntax and a charming tone. The story is centered around a husband and wife who are both successful in their academic field--communications--but failing in that very area on the... Read More

THE STUFF OF STARS

THE STUFF OF STARS

by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Christina Moore brings excitement to this story of the birth of the universe. With expectant fervor, she describes the emptiness before the universe was formed, and then dramatically whispers "BANG!" as the stars explode into life. As the starstuff burns and churns, gradually becoming planets, oceans, plants, and animal life, Moore's narration builds tension until the... Read More

SUCH A PERFECT WIFE

SUCH A PERFECT WIFE

by Kate White | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Cynthia Farrell's straightforward narration, especially her calm, confident tone, assures listeners that no matter what struggles present themselves, Bailey Weggins will prevail. This crime series introduces the crime beat reporter and occasional sleuth. Farrell portrays her as pragmatic, analytical, determined, and, most importantly, likable. The story begins with the murder... Read More

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

SUICIDE OF THE WEST How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics isDestroying American Democracy

by Jonah Goldberg | Read by Jonah Goldberg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

NATIONAL REVIEW editor Jonah Goldberg's high-voltage performance grabs attention as he expresses amazement at the massive amount of historical research, insights, and detailed arguments he has put together. He's an accurate narrator with a strong and flinty voice, so listeners are never in doubt about the themes of this elaborative audiobook. With compelling examples and... Read More

SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE

SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE Charley Davidson, Book 13

by Darynda Jones | Read by Lorelei King

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Have a listen to the talented Lorelei King's narration of the latest in Jones's paranormal series. King's rich repertoire includes the grim reaper, a.k.a. Charley Davidson. Charley is given a firm, cultured voice that melds well with the oh-so-husky growl of her husband, Reyes, son of Satan. The two are out to protect their baby's future, and as they engage with secondary... Read More

THE SUN IS A COMPASS

THE SUN IS A COMPASS A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

by Caroline Van Hemert | Read by Xe Sands

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Xe Sands narrates this inspiring memoir with grace, humor and an engaging intimacy. Caroline Van Hemert and her husband, Pat, are tough and adventurous as they travel from Washington to Alaska by rowboat, canoe, skis, raft, and on foot in an incredible feat of endurance. There is no bravado here. Sands's sincere and tender tone captures Caroline's deep affection for her family,... Read More

SUNSET BEACH

SUNSET BEACH

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kathleen McInerney brings the listener into Drue Campbell's sorry life. She is out of a job and has hit bottom. Then her estranged father approaches her with both a job offer and a place to live--in her grandparents' beach cottage. Drue's father is a personal injury lawyer and has her working the phone at his firm. McInerney gives each character a unique voice--from... Read More

SUPERIOR

SUPERIOR The Return of Race Science

by Angela Saini | Read by Hannah Melbourn

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Hannah Melbourn helps listeners follow a dizzying set of historical attempts to prove differences between the races and the inferiority of many--aspects of which continue to this day. Her smooth sophistication sounds both scholarly and approachable as she deals with the author's blending of personal details, scientific data, and historical facts. Overall, she achieves... Read More

SWAP'D

SWAP'D Click'd, Book 2

by Tamara Ireland Stone | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Suzy Jackson's bright voice and youthful characterizations bring listeners into a middle school computer class in this sequel to CLICK'D. When Allie's class gets an assignment to create a mobile game from recycled code, Allie teams up with her friends to create "Swap'd," an app that lets kids buy, sell, and trade stuff at school. With the money she earns, Allie intends... Read More

A SWORD NAMED TRUTH

A SWORD NAMED TRUTH Rise of the Alliance, Book 1

by Sherwood Smith | Read by Joel Froomkin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Joel Froomkin has a host of accents and voices on display in this first installment of the Rise of the Alliance trilogy. From the first chapter, Froomkin seems to have fun with his narration as he adopts a tongue-in-cheek attitude. The setting is the author's Inda world, in which many young rulers have ascended to the throne (most 10-15 years old) and attempted to form... Read More

THE TALE TELLER

THE TALE TELLER Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito, Book 5

by Anne Hillerman | Read by Christina Delaine

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Delaine expertly weaves the web of Anne Hillerman's latest mystery, which continues Hillerman's father's popular detective series featuring Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito. Delaine is required to to pronounce Navajo words and to distinguish a variety of voices; she capably portrays male, female, young, and old and also skillfully depicts Leaphorn's struggles to... Read More

TALKING WHILE FEMALE & OTHER DANGEROUS ACTS

TALKING WHILE FEMALE & OTHER DANGEROUS ACTS

by Teatro Luna | Read by a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

This collection of introspective essays is read by a talented ensemble of female voices who come together to create a picture of contemporary Latina women. Listeners who enjoy female-focused projects will find much to admire as the essays explore young women who must make tough decisions. From confronting a sexual abuser in the family--only to be dismissed--to continuing with... Read More

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG

by Fernando A. Flores | Read by Raul Castillo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Actor-playwright Raul Castillo combines his theater experience with his Mexican-American roots to give an understated and vulnerable voice to a story that takes place in the near future. A South Texas man is caught in a chaotic world in which narcotics are legal, the third wall between the U.S. and Mexico is being completed, and long extinct species such as the dodo are being... Read More

TEMPEST-TOST

TEMPEST-TOST The Refugee Experience Through One Community's Prism

by Robert Dodge | Read by Benjamin Fife

WildBlue Press | Unabridged
History

Benjamin Fife narrates the true story of refugees from all corners of the world who have found themselves in Denver, Colorado. Because the characters of this audiobook come from countries that are disparate and have unique accents, Fife makes the smart choice to temper his delivery of the exposition. He reads it plainly, slowly, and clearly so that when he cuts to a Bhutanese... Read More

TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY

TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink

by Kevin Cook | Read by Barry Abrams

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Barry Abrams is the perfect choice for this deep dive into the historic 1979 game that saw the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs achieve a combined total of 45 runs. The topic lends itself to both humor and serious moments, and Abrams narrates in an almost impish style. At times, he alters his voice when a player is being quoted. It's never campy; rather, it sets... Read More

TEN KISSES TO SCANDAL

TEN KISSES TO SCANDAL Misadventures in Matchmaking, Book 2

by Vivienne Lorret | Read by Justine Eyre

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Book 2 of the Misadventures in Matchmaking series is both lively and fun, thanks to the flawless narration of Justine Eyre. Briar Bourne is new at her family's matchmaking business and quickly provides fodder for gossip. Rakish Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, has no intention of marrying, but the rogue is willing to tutor Briar in the ways of attraction in exchange... Read More

TEN SWEDES MUST DIE

TEN SWEDES MUST DIE Max Anger, Book 2

by Martin Osterdahl, Peter Sean Woltemade [Trans.] | Read by James Patrick Cronin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

James Patrick Cronin is an excellent choice to narrate this thriller focused on veteran Max Anger, a hardened former special-ops soldier who is trying to move on with his life. As the war-weary man is thrust into a hunt for a serial killer, Cronin gets the tone exactly right. His terse, gravelly style fits the villain's increasing brutality. We listen breathlessly, hoping that... Read More

THE TENTH MUSE

THE TENTH MUSE

by Catherine Chung | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cassandra Campbell narrates so well that even math-phobes will stay with this story of Katherine, a prodigy who is on a heroic quest to find her place in the male-dominated field of mathematics. In the 1960s, Katherine is one of few female graduate students in mathematics at MIT. The men in her department either ignore what she says or sense her genius and take advantage of... Read More

TERNS OF ENDEARMENT

TERNS OF ENDEARMENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Bernadette Dunne expertly establishes a personal connection between listeners and the passengers on a cruise ship that breaks down in the Caribbean. Meg Langslow and her family are well defined, as are the rest of the travelers, in particular the boorish "Three Stooges" and four women who are on a writer's retreat. When passenger Desiree St. Christophe, a notorious... Read More

THAT GOOD NIGHT

THAT GOOD NIGHT Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

by Sunita Puri | Read by Soneela Nankani, Sunita Puri [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After Sunita Puri reads her author's note in a warm, thoughtful tone, Soneela Nankani narrates the remainder of this audiobook with reverence for the author's spiritual and humane perspectives. The daughter of an Indian physician, Sunita Puri also went into medicine but found that its focus on the mechanics of saving lives did not address the quality-of-life choices that people... Read More

THAT GUY

THAT GUY That Guy, Book 1

by Kim Jones | Read by Samantha Cook, Aaron Shedlock

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Samantha Cook is the main performer of this audiobook, with Aaron Shedlock narrating the brief epilogue. It's a romance of not-so-criminal intentions. Penelope, a writer, is a wild card who doesn't intend to stay in some guy's house uninvited. But when she wakes up to meet Jake, she realizes he just might cure her writer's block. As Penelope makes way into Jake's life,... Read More

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sloane Tanen | Read by Therese Plummer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Therese Plummer shines in her entertaining portrayals of the Kesslers, a famous yet dysfunctional family whose members struggle to find stability and acceptance. Listeners will be introduced to the family members' strengths and weaknesses. Janine can't find an identity now that she's outgrown her career as a child actor; her father, Marty, a retired producer, is back... Read More

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sandhya Menon | Read by Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam embodies the mixed feelings of Ashish Patel, the younger brother of Rishi, a character also portrayed by Adam. Ashish, a handsome high school basketball star at his elite school, has been dumped by his college girlfriend. Adam enacts the fading of Ashish's haughty attitude as his mojo is replaced by severe self-questioning that has him ready to accept his parents'... Read More

THEY ALL FALL DOWN

THEY ALL FALL DOWN

by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Janina Edwards

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Janina Edwards gets the listener's heart thudding with her dramatic performance of an Agatha Christie-like thriller. Single-mother Miriam Macy attempts to leave behind a wealth of troubles--emotional and legal--to participate in a reality TV competition set in Mexico on a luxury estate with no connection to the outside world. But what is supposed to be a friendly... Read More

THICK

THICK And Other Essays

by Tressie McMillan Cottom | Read by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

To listen to sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom narrate her prose confirms that no other narrator could do better. Her personal essays reflect both her lived experiences and the intersectional opposition she and others have faced. She cuts to the quick to discuss the ways in which dominant white cultural expectations invade her space, her body, and her mind. As narrator,... Read More

THIN AIR

THIN AIR Jessica Shaw, Book 1

by Lisa Gray | Read by Amy Landon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An end-to-end thriller, this audiobook takes listeners on an unusual journey that finds private investigator Jessica Shaw searching for clues to her own disappearance and to her mother's murder a quarter of a century earlier. Narrator Amy Landon provides each character with a distinct tone that allows debut author Lisa Gray's dialogue to captivate listeners. This technique is... Read More

THINGS MY SON NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

THINGS MY SON NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

by Fredrik Backman | Read by Santino Fontana

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Santino Fontana gives an animated performance of this collection of essays and musings on fatherhood from Fredrik Backman. Fontana brings a perfect balance of acerbic wit and tenderness. With his theater background, it's not surprising that his delivery is reminiscent of a one-man show; his rhythm even includes slight pauses where the listener might laugh. The essays in... Read More

THE THIRD PILLAR

THE THIRD PILLAR How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

by Raghuram Rajan | Read by Jason Culp, Raghuram Rajan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Interesting variations in narrator Jason Culp's pacing, even down to how syllables unfold within a word, add auditory color and impact to this timely and intelligent economic analysis. Along with the perfect phrasing of a documentary film, which makes every idea clear and powerful, his performance is notable for its consistent energy and engagement over the 19 hours of this... Read More

THIS AMERICA

THIS AMERICA The Case for the Nation

by Jill Lapore | Read by Jill Lapore

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, narrated by the author--historian and NEW YORKER staff writer Jill Lepore--provides a succinct history of nationalism for a general audience. Tracking nationalism in the United States from the 1800s to today, Lepore reveals a convoluted web of dual meanings and contradictory ideals--not to mention an abundance of barefaced hypocrisy and racism. In an especially... Read More

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR

by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller and Cynthia Farrell's dual narrations emphasize the divergent personalities of two time-traveling protagonists. Coolly portrayed by Farrell, Red sneers as she sees Blue, her foe, across a burning field. Red realizes that her attempt to alter the future was foiled by Blue, an agent of the opposition in an ongoing war that moves through time. Then, Red receives a... Read More

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND An Immigrant's Manifesto

by Suketu Mehta | Read by Vikas Adam

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Vikas Adam proves to be an excellent partner to author Suketu Mehta in this detailed and absorbing narrative, which finds links between immigration, imperialism, colonialism, climate change, and capitalism's thirst for cheap labor. Adam alters his pacing to signal the direct quotes from Mehta's interviews with immigrants in Morocco, France, the U.S., and other... Read More

THIS STORM

THIS STORM

Earphones Award Winner

by James Ellroy | Read by Craig Wasson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Craig Wasson mans the mic like a jazz poet in this second installment in James Ellroy's L.A. WWII trilogy. Wasson channels Ellroy's poetic ramblings into an audio cadence that sizzles with the slang and accents of wartime Los Angeles: A plastic surgeon is a "snout doctor"; a hot couple is "madly enjoined"; and a flashy home is "turned out and si bon." The plot involves... Read More

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Misa Sugiura | Read by Joy Osmanski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Joy Osmanski delivers the sarcasm of 17-year-old CJ Katsuyama. Her demeanor thinly veils her pain at the lack of love she feels from her mother, a driven business executive. CJ believes she will always fail to meet her mother's expectations. On the other hand, Osmanski makes clear the love and support this teen has from her best friend, Em; her Aunt Hannah; and Owen a... Read More

THOMAS CROMWELL

THOMAS CROMWELL A Revolutionary Life

by Diarmaid MacCulloch | Read by David Rintoul

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Rintoul narrates with remarkable skill and charm, treating the historical references in this audiobook like allusions to old friends. This long, complex, and desultory account of one of Henry VIII's chief ministers, Thomas Cromwell, is thick with references to hundreds of people and places, many obscure. Sadly, Rintoul's familiar chatty style applied to people the... Read More

A THOUSAND SMALL SANITIES

A THOUSAND SMALL SANITIES The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

by Adam Gopnik | Read by Adam Gopnik

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Adam Gopnik's essay is presented as a letter to his teenage daughter, who was "shocked and troubled" by the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a reaction shared by many liberal Americans. That personal connection makes the NEW YORKER essayist a natural choice as narrator, and, indeed, his performance adds an air of authenticity to this audio. As he lays out his defense of... Read More

THRIVE IN RETIREMENT

THRIVE IN RETIREMENT Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life

by Eric Thurman | Read by Jason Culp

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Jason Culp's cheerful narration is a good vehicle for the can-do energy of this empowering guide, but between the lines you can also hear the author's conviction and determination to be helpful. In addition to Culp's flinty voice and perfect enunciation, his nuanced phrasing amplifies the author's humanity, expressed here in the form of colorful stories, many from his own life.... Read More

THROUGH A WINDOW

THROUGH A WINDOW My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

by Jane Goodall | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Pearl Hewitt deftly continues the story renowned primatologist Jane Goodall began in her first memoir of her work with chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. That book was titled IN THE SHADOW OF MAN. Once more, listeners will strongly relate to the chimpanzees, as does Goodall--she defies scientists by naming (not numbering) them and maintains that they have... Read More

TICKLE PLENTY AND THE LOLLIPOP GARDEN

TICKLE PLENTY AND THE LOLLIPOP GARDEN

by George Robert Minkoff | Read by Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Alison Larkin brings the imaginary world of TICKLE PLENTY to life with a voice as light and sweet as cotton candy. As Tickle and her friends go on a magical adventure down the Lemonade River to the Lollipop Garden, Larkin narrates at a slow pace with deliberate, precise diction that is clear and singsong as a bell. She portrays the characters of this fantasy world... Read More

TINDERBOX

TINDERBOX The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

by Robert W. Fieseler | Read by Paul Heitsch

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

With minimal emotional inflection, Paul Heitsch narrates this account of the fire that led to the rise of the gay liberation movement. On June 24, 1973, 31 men and one woman perished in an arson fire at The Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans bar. It was the worst attack against gays until 2016. Time and again, descriptions of the dead, dying, and burned are juxtaposed with news... Read More

TO THE RIVER

TO THE RIVER A Journey Beneath the Surface

by Olivia Laing | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will enjoy hearing Kate Reading's crisply pleasant voice as they imagine themselves in author Olivia Laing's shoes as she walks the length of the Ouse River in Sussex, England. To prepare for this weeklong summer walk, Laing studied maps, newspaper clippings, and reports from coroners' offices and commissioners of sewers. The comfortable pacing of Reading's narration... Read More

TODAY I AM CAREY

TODAY I AM CAREY

by Martin L. Shoemaker | Read by John Skelley

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

John Skelley's moving narration elevates this sci-fi novel, a universal story of our lifelong need for connection. In the near future, android Carey is designed to minister to dementia patients. After Carey, expertly portrayed by Skelley, eases the Owens family's matriarch's last days, they purchase the android, including its internal memory. Listeners will spend 80 years with... Read More

TOXIC GAME

TOXIC GAME GhostWalker, Book 15

by Christine Feehan | Read by Jim Frangione

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Jim Frangione has the listener feeling this story's tension from its first moments. Genetically enhanced soldiers, called ghosthunters, are on a mission to save health care workers who are dealing with terrorists and a deadly disease. Dr. Draden Freeman is hit with the highly contagious illness and must remain in the jungle until he's cured. There he encounters Shylah... Read More

TRAGEDY, THE GREEKS, AND US

TRAGEDY, THE GREEKS, AND US

Earphones Award Winner

by Simon Critchley | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

John Lee gives an excellent narration of this "erudite reconsideration" of Greek tragedy and how it holds up a mirror on human nature. The reason we still read the classics is that they show humans as they are--noble and ignoble at the same time. As much as one wishes that human nature had improved over the millennia, little has changed in what makes us human and how we act.... Read More

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS: A NOVEL OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS: A NOVEL OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION Pearl Spence, Book 2

by Susie Finkbeiner | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Using a young-sounding voice, Tavia Gilbert narrates this hopeful story of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Ten-year-old Pearl Spence moves from Oklahoma to Michigan to settle with her father's cousins. Gilbert imbues Pearl with a subtle twang that contrasts with her father's deep emotional tones. Gilbert assigns Pearl's 12-year-old friend, Ray, a gruff voice, while her... Read More

THE TRAVELERS

THE TRAVELERS

by Regina Porter | Read by Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Between them, narrators Bahni Turpin and Dominic Hoffman create a panoply of striking characters in Regina Porter's cornucopia of a novel. Spanning America's complex history between the 1950s and President Obama's first year in office, the story introduces two families--one black, one white--whose lives intersect repeatedly over the years. The loosely knit plot and frequently... Read More

TRUE WEST

TRUE WEST

by Sam Shepard | Read by Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn, Madeleine Potter, Donald Sage Mackay

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Narrators Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn attack this 1980s drama by Sam Shepard aggressively--if in a way that is not quite true to character. Austen and Lee are estranged brothers who confront each other and their demons in their mother's L.A. kitchen. Harington's portrayal of Austen, the serious younger brother, is too similar to Flynn's Lee, the threatening derelict. Because... Read More

THE TRUFFLE UNDERGROUND

THE TRUFFLE UNDERGROUND A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus

by Ryan Jacobs | Read by Ari Fliakos

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ari Fliakos is one of those talented narrators who suits his tone, pace, and style to the subject. Here it is well matched to the tumultuous world of the truffle market. He narrates with the assured attitude of a documentary voice-over. His simple imitations of Italians and French people strike the right balance. This prized fungus, especially the highly sought after Italian... Read More

TRUST EXERCISE

TRUST EXERCISE

by Susan Choi | Read by Suehyla El-Attar, Jennifer Lim, Adina Verson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jennifer Lim, Suehyla El-Attar, and Adina Verson peel back the layers of three characters and one tumultuous year at an elite art school in the 1980s. Hormones, insecurity, and indiscretion abound as Sarah, David, and Karen navigate fraught, intense relationships while they are students of an unorthodox, demanding drama teacher. Each narrator provides a different... Read More

TRUTH IN OUR TIMES

TRUTH IN OUR TIMES Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

by David McCraw | Read by Stephen Graybill, David E. McCraw [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Stephen Graybill uses a steady professional tone for this audiobook in which ethics in journalism and the law are held to the highest standard. McCraw was the deputy attorney general for the NEW YORK TIMES for 17 years, including the time of the 2016 national election. He discusses his struggles with obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act (the U.S.... Read More

TWO ROADS

TWO ROADS

by Joseph Bruchac | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Shaun Taylor-Corbett uses various American accents and voices to re-create the Depression-era setting of this audiobook. Twelve-year-old Cal Blackbird lives a hobo life with his father, a Creek Indian and WWI vet. Cal's subtle Southern accent and polite tone contrast with the redneck twang of the locals they meet while riding the rails. Then Cal trades his freedom for... Read More

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