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PAPYRUS

PAPYRUS The Invention of Books in the Ancient World

by Irene Vallejo, Charlotte Whittle [Trans.] | Read by Sophie Robert

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook's subtitle--"The Invention of Books in the Ancient World"-- describes this work better than its title. This history of books moves from the oral tradition to scrolls to codices and recounts how those lay the foundation for Western culture. The author's anecdotal style and short chapters translate well to audio. Sophie Robert offers an able and pleasing narration.... Read More

PARIS DAILLENCOURT IS ABOUT TO CRUMBLE

PARIS DAILLENCOURT IS ABOUT TO CRUMBLE Winner Bakes All, Book 2

by Alexis Hall | Read by Ewan Goddard

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Ewan Goddard perfectly captures the anxiety of a young gay man and his bumbling attempts at love while being a contestant on a fictional version of Britain's favorite baking show. Paris Daillencourt is often written off by others as posh and unapproachable, but it's really his anxiety that makes him seem aloof. When he and a fellow contestant begin to fall in love,... Read More

PARTNERS IN CRIME

PARTNERS IN CRIME

by Alisha Rai | Read by Soneela Nankani, Shahjehan Khan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Soneela Nankani and Shahjehan Khan narrate a madcap romantic heist. Mira Patel and Naveen Desai never thought they would see each other again after breaking up. But they find themselves seizing an unconventional second chance when they're kidnapped and forced to search for a diamond necklace. The different approaches Nankani and Khan take to narrating suit the two main... Read More

THE PASSENGER

THE PASSENGER The Passenger, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Cormac McCarthy | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Julia Whelan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Candidly, some works of fiction--those in which tone, literary style, and sound matter--work very well (maybe better) as audiobooks. The protagonists of this audiobook are superbly portrayed by MacLeod Andrews and Julia Whelan. They are gifted mimics and switch off in this braided tale of loss, hopeless love, and social collapse. Both plumb the depths of the wounded brother and... Read More

PERSONALITY AND POWER

PERSONALITY AND POWER Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe

by Ian Kershaw | Read by Matt Bates

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

With studied detachment, narrator Matt Bates takes listeners through a roster of this past century's world shakers: Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Churchill, a dozen in all, eleven men and one woman, Margaret Thatcher. Bates, who is familiar to listeners of Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom novels, is sonorously, elegantly British, and a master of articulation. He smoothly... Read More

THE PERSUADERS

THE PERSUADERS At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy

by Anand Giridharadas | Read by Anand Giridharadas

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author narrates his work in a serious tone and journalistic style. His delivery comes across as practiced. He tells stories of how committed activists use persuasion in organizing to attract supporters. He introduces the Internet Research Agency--the Russian troll farm that won both liberal and conservative Americans' hearts and minds online. The audiobook could just as... Read More

PHALAINA

PHALAINA

Earphones Award Winner

by Alice Brière-Haquet, Emma Ramadan [Trans.] | Read by Sophie Amoss

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Sophie Amoss gives her all as she performs this middle-grade fantasy thriller with style and heart. She imbues Albert with compassion for Manon, the girl he finds in the forest, and captures his wife's disdain for her. Manon speaks with a whispery lightness to animals as she tries to learn who/what she is and why she is being hunted. The wide range of characters exhibits deep... Read More

THE PICTURE BRIDE

THE PICTURE BRIDE

by Lee Geum-yi, An Seonjae [Trans.] | Read by Joy Osmanski

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Joy Osmanski offers a strong narration of Lee Geum-yi's tale, set in the early twentieth century. Based on the recommendation of a matchmaker, Japanese and Korean women agreed to move to Hawaii to marry prospective grooms, decisions that were based solely on an exchange of photos. Willow considers herself lucky because her betrothed looks like his photo although he's cold and... Read More

PIECE BY PIECE

PIECE BY PIECE How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required)

by David Aguilar, Ferran Aguilar, Lawrence Schimel [Trans.] | Read by Fabio Tassone

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Fabio Tassone deftly introduces young listeners to David Aguilar, who was born missing a hand, for which he faced discrimination from taunting classmates and rude strangers. Listeners will feel connected to David and his supportive family, who live in the tiny European country of Andorra. Touching descriptions of family members, particularly his beloved abuela and his kind,... Read More

PLAYING UNDER THE PIANO

PLAYING UNDER THE PIANO From Downton to Darkest Peru

Earphones Award Winner

by Hugh Bonneville | Read by Hugh Bonneville

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hugh Bonneville's memoir is funny, personal, informative, insightful, and fun to listen to. The world-class British actor has a stunning list of credits and famous friends, as well as an abundance of anecdotes, which he delivers with self-deprecating humor. Probably best known to American audiences as the Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey," Bonneville has also worked with the... Read More

A POCKET GUIDE TO PIGEON WATCHING

A POCKET GUIDE TO PIGEON WATCHING Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird

by Rosemary Mosco | Read by Janet Metzger

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

It's safe to say that you'll never look at the humble pigeon the same way again after hearing this fun and fascinating audiobook. Mosco is unmistakably fond of her subjects, and Janet Metzger reflects that in her informative narration. She sounds interested and engaged as she shares facts about everything from pigeon biology and behavior to famous pigeons in history. But the... Read More

POETRY UNBOUND

POETRY UNBOUND 50 Poems to Open Your World

Earphones Award Winner

by Pádraig O Tuama | Read by Pádraig O Tuama

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Based on the popular podcast "Poetry Unbound," this audiobook is a fine anthology of poetry, as well as a very good introduction, for those who need it, to how to think about poetry. Even old poetry hands will enjoy and appreciate Pádraig O Tuama's brief and insightful essays accompanying each poem, as well as the poems themselves, many of which are likely to be unfamiliar even... Read More

THE PORTABLE ANNA JULIA COOPER

THE PORTABLE ANNA JULIA COOPER

by Shirley Moody-Turner, Henry Louis Gates [Eds.] | Read by Karen Murray, Dominic Hoffman, Shirley Moody-Turner

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Anna Julia Cooper was, in her day (1858-1964), an educator and a civil rights advocate of some fame. This rather academic audiobook collection of her writing is aimed at restoring some recognition for her, at least among scholars. Although some of Cooper's essays originated as speeches, Karen Murray keeps their tone cool and reasonable, downplaying their occasional rhetorical... Read More

PRESIDENTIAL CONVERSATIONS FOR KIDS

PRESIDENTIAL CONVERSATIONS FOR KIDS

by George S. Corey | Read by Stephen DeRosa

Cinergistik | Unabridged
Children

Music and sound effects enhance this time-travel fantasy as Georgie and GiGi use a skateboard to transport themselves back in time to meet 14 U.S. presidents and learn an important lesson from each one. An arpeggio played on a set of bar chimes serves to segue from one president to the next. Stephen DeRosa imbues liveliness in the two children, filling them with admiration and... Read More

PRIDE AND PROTEST

PRIDE AND PROTEST

by Nikki Payne | Read by Kacie Rogers, Ron Nery, Jr.

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kacie Rogers and Ron Nery, Jr., narrate a bold contemporary version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, set in Washington, DC. Disc jockey and activist Liza Bennett knows there is no way she could ever fall for rich gentrifier Dorsey Fitzgerald, no matter how hot he is. But fate keeps pushing them together, and slowly opinions change. Rogers's performance of Liza is bold and energetic,... Read More

PRISONERS OF THE CASTLE

PRISONERS OF THE CASTLE An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison

by Ben Macintyre | Read by Ben Macintyre

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrated with the skill of an experienced audiobook narrator, Ben Macintyre's chronicle of life for prisoners of war at Colditz Castle is a fascinating story of survival during WWII. The German army used the castle, known for its exceptional architecture, for four years to house what it considered to be the prisoners most likely to rebel and escape. The stories are captivating,... Read More

A PRIVATE SPY

A PRIVATE SPY The Letters of John le Carré

by John le Carré, Tim Cornwell [Ed.] | Read by David Harewood, Florence Pugh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A dual-narrator approach is used to present this collection of letters from John le Carré, who is known for his iconic spy thrillers. Books weren't the only thing le Carré produced; throughout his lifetime he consistently wrote letters--to friends, fans, family, acquaintances, and others. The dual narration works wonderfully. Florence Pugh usually serves to offer up interludes... Read More

PROZAC MONOLOGUES

PROZAC MONOLOGUES A Voice from the Edge

by Willa Goodfellow | Read by Willa Goodfellow

She Writes Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Willa Goodfellow candidly shares her tumultuous experience with taking antidepressants and being diagnosed as bipolar, as well as providing helpful advice on mental health. She uses a hopeful and supportive tone for her message to those struggling with their mental well-being. Offering a unique perspective on the topic, she explains what she has learned from her experiences and... Read More

PURPLE CRAYONS

PURPLE CRAYONS The Art of Drawing a Life

by Ross Ellenhorn | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audiobook's heartfelt message draws on the 1955 children's book HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON to remind us that we can connect more fully with our "sacred originality" when we live our own lives rather than following the crowd. Narrator Kaleo Griffith's velvet tones and gentle phrasing create a soothing space in which to hear that we have inner resources that society's push... Read More

PUTIN

PUTIN

by Philip Short | Read by Jonathan Keeble

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a deep, resonant voice, Jonathan Keeble gives a splendid narration of this long and well-researched biography of Vladimir Putin. While not depicting the Russian leader as "Putler," as some have called him, the author presents Putin as a very dangerous man. This is certainly the prevailing view of him in the West and especially the Anglosphere. Still, many of my Russian... Read More

A QUIET LIFE

A QUIET LIFE

by Ethan Joella | Read by Stacey Glemboski, Michelle Redmond, Byron Wagner

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this novel narrators Stacey Glemboski, Michelle Redmond, and Byron Wagner present interwoven stories of loss and grief in suburban Pennsylvania. The featured characters are elderly Chuck, single mom Ella, and young Kirsten, who is launching into adulthood. Each chapter reveals their experiences of immeasurable sorrow, taking us on a journey through a time and place. Wagner... Read More

QUIT

QUIT The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away

by Annie Duke | Read by Annie Duke

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Famed poker player Annie Duke narrates this well-researched and easy-to-understand guide to evaluating whether a person should quit a relationship, vocation, project, or anything else. Sounding like the practiced public speaker she is, Duke offers an easily digestible step-by-step approach to ascertaining under which circumstances it is beneficial to quit an endeavor. She... Read More

RACHEL: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS

RACHEL: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Angelina Weld Grimké | Read by Leon Nixon, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Sean Crisden, Karen Chilton, Cary Hite, Adenrele Ojo, Shayna Small, Cortney Wright, Ron Butler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Leading a cast of well-established, award-winning African American voice talents, Tamika Katon-Donegal gives a voice full of bright sensitivity, intelligence, and hope to Rachel, a young early-twentieth-century Black woman who is coming of age and looking to the future. When Rachel runs headlong into the real-life horrors of American racism, she doubts whether she can follow... Read More

RACING THE LIGHT

RACING THE LIGHT Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Book 19

by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When controversial podcaster Josh Shoe disappears, his mother hires private investigator Elvis Cole, who uncovers a far more complicated story than he anticipated. Although Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, are at the center of the audiobook, they quickly discover that Shoe's disappearance involves multiple people who range from corrupt politicians to a porn star, and even Cole's... Read More

THE RAILWAY MURDERS

THE RAILWAY MURDERS Yorkshire Murder, Book 8

by J.R. Ellis | Read by Michael Page

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners who enjoy a good old-fashioned locked-room mystery will appreciate this classic police procedural, set in a picturesque Yorkshire village. The steady, gravelly voice of longtime narrator Michael Page transports listeners to a present-day film shoot at a vintage railway station. An actor, dissolute and disliked, is found shot and killed in a locked antique railway... Read More

RAIN RISING

RAIN RISING

by Courtne Comrie | Read by Angel Pean

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Angel Pean narrates this powerful middle-grade novel in verse, told from the perspective of Rain, a Black eighth grader who battles depression. Rain's hero is her popular, brilliant, and athletic brother, Xander. Her world is upended when he is attacked on a recruiting trip to a predominantly white university, and he becomes a "hashtag." The story brings listeners behind the... Read More

README.TXT

README.TXT A Memoir

by Chelsea Manning | Read by Chelsea Manning

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Chelsea Manning narrates her own memoir, which chronicles her ambition to make the government and military transparent and beholden to the citizenry they serve. Manning leaked to the public thousands of documents and videos she collected as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. Her 35-year sentence to a federal penitentiary was commuted in 2017 after 7 years. Hearing her life... Read More

RED FLAGS

RED FLAGS Locard Institute, Book 1

by Lisa Black | Read by Mia Barron

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mia Barron portrays highly focused Washington, DC, forensic scientist Ellie Carr in a gritty voice as listeners follow Carr's investigation of the disappearance of a four-month-old baby. The missing child is the son of her first cousin, Rebecca, whose helpless demeanor clearly conveys her distress. The gravelly voices of the male law-enforcement characters contrast with the... Read More

RED SAUCE

RED SAUCE How Italian Food Became American

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian MacAllen | Read by Paul Bellantoni

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Voice-over actor Paul Bellantoni has a fine delivery and a rich tone. He ably narrates this witty audiobook. His pace allows the many stories of Italian-American/American-Italian food to stay with the listener. The work is part celebration of the traditional checkered tablecloth spaghetti-and-meatball joints that were common in the U.S. for decades and part revelation of the... Read More

REEF ROAD

REEF ROAD

by Deborah Goodrich Royce | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this intriguing thriller about two apparently unconnected women in south Florida during Covid lockdown. A young wife reports that her husband and two children have been missing from their toney home on Reef Road. Nearby, an eccentric, solitary writer is obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother's childhood best friend many years earlier.... Read More

RELATIONSHIFT

RELATIONSHIFT Unleash the Surprising Power of Relationships to Change Yourself, Remake Your Life, and Achieve Any Business Goal

by Justin Blaney | Read by Justin Blaney

Ascent Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Entrepreneur and professor Justin Blaney pieces together a useful and interesting guide to transforming and benefiting from the relationships in our lives. In a direct and lively narration, Blaney explains the influential power of our interactions with others. He also points out how to analyze current relationships to recognize which support and which limit our abilities. Using... Read More

THE RESEMBLANCE

THE RESEMBLANCE

by Lauren Nossett | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this thriller involving the murder of a fraternity member at the University of Georgia. People are keeping secrets about that murder. And Detective Marlitt Kaplan, who is determined to solve the crime, is also keeping secrets. The daughter of a UGA professor, she is assigned to investigate the case of the young man who was struck dead at a crosswalk... Read More

RESTING SCROOGE FACE

RESTING SCROOGE FACE A Short Story

by Meghan Quinn | Read by Carly Robins, Aaron Shedlock

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This cute holiday rom-com invites listeners to participate in Nola and Caleb's rekindled relationship. Narrators Carly Robins and Aaron Shedlock capture the main characters' emotions and inflections. Robins articulates the female voices a bit more distinctly than Shedlock does the two primary males, but, overall, the novella is easy to follow. There is a scene in which Caleb... Read More

A RESTLESS TRUTH

A RESTLESS TRUTH The Last Binding, Book 2

by Freya Marske | Read by Aysha Kala

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Aysha Kala delivers action and romance in this sequel to A MARVELLOUS LIGHT. Maud Blyth doesn't have magic, but she's on a secret magical mission nonetheless. She's undercover, accompanying the elderly Miss Navenby, who is in possession of a magical artifact, on a transatlantic crossing from New York to England. When Miss Navenby is murdered in her cabin, Maud must... Read More

THE REWIND

THE REWIND

by Allison Winn Scotch | Read by Julia Whelan, MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Julia Whelan and MacLeod Andrews portray exes Frankie and Ezra as they return to college a decade after graduation for their friends' turn-of-the-millennium wedding. They wake up the morning of the ceremony in a dorm bed together with no memory of the past 16 hours. Together, they work on an emotional scavenger hunt to learn what really happened in their past. Andrews impresses... Read More

RITES OF PASSAGE

RITES OF PASSAGE A Revolutionary Audiobook

by R David Stephens | Read by R David Stephens and a Full Cast

R David Stephens | Audio Program
Audio Theater

This bawdy, swirling, nostalgic extended monologue is enhanced by 37 character voices, sound effects, and musical selections that range from classical to folk and rock and roll. Actor/writer/performance artist R David Stephens takes the listener back in time to a cabin in the woods in Mendocino, California, during the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Our comic but lonely hero... Read More

RITUAL

RITUAL How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living

by Dimitris Xygalatas | Read by Neil Gardner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Neil Gardner sounds awed as he delivers a list of rituals such as serpent-handling in churches. That awe carries over as the British-accented Gardner narrates discussion of more common rituals such as toasts and graduations. His cheerful fascination turns to gentle amusement when he shares a passage about children who don't believe they've grown a year older without a... Read More

ROCK & ROLL IN KENNEDY'S AMERICA

ROCK & ROLL IN KENNEDY'S AMERICA A Cultural History of the Early 1960s

by Richard Aquila | Read by Chris Abernathy

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

With his appealing pitch and tempo patterns, narrator Chris Abernathy provides this engaging audiobook with the perfect balance of documentary clarity and vocal pizzazz. His calm tone and relaxed pacing let the author's diligent research and writing shine. Kennedy was elected the same year the first Baby Boomers became adolescents and took in the dramatic changes in the way... Read More

ROSES, IN THE MOUTH OF A LION

ROSES, IN THE MOUTH OF A LION

by Bushra Rehman | Read by Bushra Rehman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Bushra Rehman performs her novel of a queer Pakistani American girl who is coming of age in the 1980s and '90s. Razia Mirza is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants in Corona, a neighborhood in Queens. Though her parents are very traditional, preparing her to one day marry a man and have children, Razia feels the stirrings of wanting something different. Rehman brings complexity... Read More

ROUGH SLEEPERS

ROUGH SLEEPERS Dr. Jim O'Connell's Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People

by Tracy Kidder | Read by Tracy Kidder

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At this time, the difficult circumstances of approximately 150 million people who are unhoused in the United States fill the news. Author Tracy Kidder's light, somewhat raspy voice unfolds the story of Dr. Jim O'Connell and his clinic partners, who have devoted themselves to bringing comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to those living on the streets of Boston. Although... Read More

A ROVER'S STORY

A ROVER'S STORY

Earphones Award Winner

by Jasmine Warga | Read by Jacob McNatt, Ariana Delawari

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Telling the story from the point of view of Res, a Mars rover with heart, Jacob McNatt smoothly morphs into multiple characters who interact with the robot. It is delightful to hear Res process information and resolve problems, speak to robot friends Journey and Fly, and imagine conversations with the scientists who are building him. Also engaging is the lively banter among the... Read More

RUSSIA

RUSSIA Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921

by Antony Beevor | Read by Rob Heaps

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Rob Heaps's precise enunciation and steady pacing result in a splendid narration of these detailed accounts of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the ensuing civil war that resulted in the establishment of Soviet power. Drawing on numerous firsthand accounts and other sources, Beevor's history is one that will be enjoyed by history buffs, especially those intrigued by Russia.... Read More

SAFE, WANTED, AND LOVED

SAFE, WANTED, AND LOVED A Family Memoir of Mental Illness, Heartbreak, and Hope

Earphones Award Winner

by Patrick Dylan | Read by Raúl E. Esparza

Snow Anselmo Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Raúl Esparza impeccably narrates this heartrending memoir. He gracefully navigates Dylan's sensitive, moving first-person account of the impact of mental illness on his wife, Mia, and their family. Esparza's warm delivery emotionally connects listeners with Pat and Mia, both in their current struggles to find effective treatment for Mia and in flashbacks to earlier points... Read More

SAM

SAM

by Allegra Goodman | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman passionately narrates the compelling story of Sam--a 7-year-old hopeful girl with a loving but absent dad with addictions; a single, overbearing mother who yearns for a better life for Sam; and a younger brother with behavioral issues. Sam discovers a love of rock climbing, and this becomes a metaphor for how she lives her life as we follow her from age 7 to age... Read More

THE SASSOONS

THE SASSOONS The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire

by Joseph Sassoon | Read by James Lurie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator James Lurie's voice is amiable and a bit sandpapery; it's especially effective in holding listener interest through specialized and sometimes marginal histories and biographies. Here he brings focus and definition to a family chronicle that's thin on drama and memorable characters but strong on social history. Over two centuries the Sassoon dynasty of Baghdadi Jews... Read More

SAVE THE . . . ELEPHANTS

SAVE THE . . . ELEPHANTS Save the...

by Sarah L. Thomson, Chelsea Clinton | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Chelsea Clinton

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld uses even pacing and a tone of purpose to explain the endangerment of elephants and the ways that we can make a difference. Listeners are treated to an introduction written and narrated by Chelsea Clinton, in which she explains how she became passionate about the cause to save elephants as a small child and how everyone can help, even kids. Maarleveld... Read More

SAVOR

SAVOR A Chef's Hunger for More

by Fatima Ali, Tarajia Morrell | Read by Nikhaar Kishnani, Deepa Samuel

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nikhaar Kishnani and Deepa Samuel narrate this memoir of food, childhood, and illness. The narrators work together to weave the stories of Fatima Ali and her mother, Farezeh Durrani. The narrators' styles work well as they explore the intergenerational roots of the self-described "brown girl chef" who became a fan favorite on "Top Chef." Kishnani is the voice of the young,... Read More

SCATTERED SHOWERS

SCATTERED SHOWERS Stories

by Rainbow Rowell | Read by Rebecca Lowman, Euan Morton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rebecca Lowman narrates eight of the nine romantic stories in Rainbow Rowell's first short story collection. The stories involve new, diverse settings. In one, a line of people wait for days for a Star Wars opening; in another, a fantastical imaginary girl falls for an imaginary boy as both await becoming characters in a book. Whether she's portraying whimsical or realistic,... Read More

SEASON OF LOVE

SEASON OF LOVE

by Helena Greer | Read by Barrie Kreinik, Emily Lawrence

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Barrie Kreinik and Emily Lawrence deliver a unique holiday story. When Miriam inherits part of a Jewish-owned Christmas tree farm back in her hometown, she leaves the comfort of her fiancée and the city to stress over seeing her estranged family again. Once there, she meets Noelle, a joyless recovering alcoholic who is working on the farm. Together, the narrators... Read More

SEASONS OF PURGATORY

SEASONS OF PURGATORY

by Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili [Trans.] | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Iranian author Mandanipour has written a beautiful and tragic book of short stories, and Fajer Al-Kaisi's narration makes them even more urgent and visceral. Modern Iranian life--including graphic descriptions of warfare and urban sectarian violence--is often juxtaposed with the beauty of the ancient Persian way of life, or at least the imagined versions of many of the tortured... Read More

SEASPARROW

SEASPARROW Graceling Realm, Book 5

by Kristin Cashore | Read by Xanthe Elbrick

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Xanthe Elbrick delivers the first-person perspective of prickly Hava in the fifth installment of this complex and compelling fantasy series. Twenty-one-year-old Hava is young Queen Bitterblue's half sister and spy; she has the ability to disguise herself as objects and deflect people's attention, and she's a survivor of childhood trauma. Elbrick distinguishes between... Read More

SEAT AT THE TABLE

SEAT AT THE TABLE

by Marcus Samuelsson | Read by Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Contemporary Culture

The eight episodes that comprise this podcast give the listener rare insider access to the world of fine dining. Episodes are dedicated to iconic eateries, including The French Laundry, Spago, and The Slanted Door, as well as cultural standard bearers like Dooky Chase and Ben's Chili Bowl. What makes these podcasts so enjoyable is hearing from culinary stars like Thomas Keller... Read More

SECRETS TYPED IN BLOOD

SECRETS TYPED IN BLOOD Pentecost and Parker, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen Spotswood | Read by Kirsten Potter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Private detectives Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker are back. Series narrator Kirsten Potter returns with another smashing performance. It's New York City, 1947. Holly Quick, writer of gruesome murder stories for STRANGE CRIMES magazine, hires Pentecost and Parker because she's discovered that three murders from her stories were recently brought to life. But Holly won't... Read More

SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO

SEE YOU AT SAN DIEGO An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture

by Mathew Klickstein, Stan Sakai [Foreword], Jeff Smith [Foreword], RZA [Afterword] | Read by Scott Shaw, James Anderson Foster, Eric Jason Martin, Grover Gardner, Liam DiCosimo, Joe Hempel, Jim Meskimen and a Full Cast

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A full cast narrates interview snippets from San Diego Comic Con staff and guests. The loosely arranged recollections cover fandoms, the history of comics and sci-fi, and firsthand accounts of the early days of the con. While the cast gives the impression of interview clips, the illusion is shattered anytime a narrator uses the same voice for two people in a row. Voices range... Read More

SERENDIPITY

SERENDIPITY From Truffles and Champagne to Corn Flakes and Coffee: Stories of Accidental Success

by Oscar Farinetti, Barbara McGilvray [Trans.] | Read by L.J. Ganser

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

L.J. Ganser maximizes the writer's humor in this meditation on the accidental discovery of 50 modern food favorites. He captures Farinetti's fascination with the discovery of everything from anchovies to soda. Listeners who consider themselves foodies will be delighted with this volume because of how the origins of common food items, like brownies, are revealed. Ganser is the... Read More

SERWA BOATENG'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRE HUNTING

SERWA BOATENG'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRE HUNTING Serwa Boateng, Book 1

by Roseanne A. Brown | Read by Soneela Nankani

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani suffuses tween warrior Serwa Boateng with strength and passion. Serwa has spent her life training with her parents to fight deadly "adze," fierce vampires that first appear as fireflies. But the adults' latest mission is too dangerous, so she goes to stay with her aunt and cousin, where she is forced to face her most daunting foe: middle school. As... Read More

THE SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA

THE SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA

Earphones Award Winner

by Shehan Karunatilaka | Read by Shivantha Wijesinha

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This year's Booker Prize novel is also one of its most compelling audiobooks. Set in a violent phase of Sri Lanka's recent history, the story is often grim--but also deliciously ingenious and suspenseful. The narrator, recently murdered, addresses himself as "you," reconstructing a storyline in which the afterlife exists simultaneously with the living world and the victim... Read More

THE SEWING GIRL'S TALE

THE SEWING GIRL'S TALE A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

by John Wood Sweet | Read by Gabra Zackman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Gabra Zackman narrates this meticulous account of the first rape trial in post-Revolutionary War (1793) New York City. Seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer is graced with manners, some education, and a dose of naïveté. Upon being raped, Lanah, with her stepfather's support, brings suit against Harry Bedlow, a notorious rake and cheat, and member of the moneyed class.... Read More

SHAPES, LINES, AND LIGHT

SHAPES, LINES, AND LIGHT My Grandfather's American Journey

by Katie Yamasaki | Read by Katie Yamasaki

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

In this inspiring biography for children, author and narrator Katie Yamasaki honors the legacy of her grandfather, the Japanese-American architect Minoru "Yama" Yamasaki. Best known as the man who designed the original World Trade Center in New York, Yama had to overcome racial hatred and discrimination--personally and professionally--throughout his life. But he believed in... Read More

SHARKBAIT

SHARKBAIT Natural History, Book 3

by Erin Mallon | Read by Teddy Hamilton, Erin Mallon

Oh Yes She Did Productions | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

As the author of this work, Erin Mallon is uniquely able to bring the characters to life. Marine biologist Louise has a rocky past she needs to overcome. She had what was supposed to be a one-night encounter with bar owner James. But he keeps crossing her path. Narrator Teddy Hamilton provides James's point of view, adding depth to the listening experience. With rapid pacing,... Read More

SHATTERED MIDNIGHT

SHATTERED MIDNIGHT The Mirror, Book 2

by Dhonielle Clayton | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Young Adult

Adenrele Ojo invites listeners into a world of magic and New Orleans jazz with her smooth, velvety narration. Book 2 in The Mirror series tells the story of Zora, a girl who is running from a tragic accident caused by her magic. Also, her family has been cursed. With a forbidden romance brewing and Zora performing at a jazz club, the danger and excitement of speakeasies are in... Read More

SHE MEMES WELL

SHE MEMES WELL

by Quinta Brunson | Read by Quinta Brunson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Quinta Brunson is a comic viral meme maker and successful television writer. She brings all these talents to her quick and hilarious memoir, stuffed full of anecdotes about her unconventional career path. Brunson narrates her journey, and it's a good thing she does because only she could maximize the pithy writing and saucy attitude laced throughout the various essays. Fans of... Read More

SHIP WRECKED

SHIP WRECKED

by Olivia Dade | Read by Kelsey Navarro

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kelsey Navarro returns to narrate this third audiobook set among the cast and crew of the hit fantasy TV series "Gods of the Gates." Swedish stage actress Maria and Hollywood hopeful Peter get off to a rocky start when they have a one-night stand before landing career-changing starring roles in the series. As they begin production on a secluded Irish island, the cast and crew's... Read More

SIGNAL MOON

SIGNAL MOON A Short Story

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate Quinn | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Andrew Gibson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The touch of fantasy interjected into this compelling audiobook is a unique departure from author Kate Quinn's usual historical fiction. Gifted narrator Saskia Maarleveld portrays a member of the British Women's Royal Naval Service (WREN) who is monitoring radio transmissions from Nazi ships in 1943. Andrew Gibson portrays an American radio operator who is sending out a... Read More

SILENT SPRING REVOLUTION

SILENT SPRING REVOLUTION John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

by Douglas Brinkley | Read by Stephen Graybill

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a history of the environmental movement in America 1950-1973--from just before the publication of SILENT SPRING, by Rachel Carson, to just after the first Earth Day in April 1970. It also is a collective biography of influential figures in that movement, including Carson, William O. Douglas, John F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, and others. Stephen Graybill... Read More

SILVER UNDER NIGHTFALL

SILVER UNDER NIGHTFALL

by Rin Chupeco | Read by Matthew Spencer

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Matthew Spencer brings a royal air to his performance of this queer fantasy in which court politics meet the undead. As a Reaper, Remy Pendergast slays vampires to protect the citizens of Aluria. But as a suspected half-vampire, he is an outcast who must sometimes contend with the very people he defends. When Remy discovers a plot to transform citizens into bloodthirsty fiends... Read More

THE SINGULARITIES

THE SINGULARITIES

by John Banville | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Nicholas Guy Smith's contemplative, melodic narration of Irish icon John Banville's newest novel suits the playful and ruminative story in which much and little occurs. It begins when a released prisoner, who's a character from a previous novel, visits a house where he might have lived. He's welcomed by the owner, who's the son of another previous character. That character was... Read More

SINISTER GRAVES

SINISTER GRAVES Cash Blackbear, Book 3

by Marcie R. Rendon | Read by Isabella Star LaBlanc

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Isabella Star LaBlanc, who is Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, was wisely tapped to portray the enigmatic Cash Blackbear, who is now investigating the murder of an unidentified Ojibwe woman whose body washed ashore with recent flood waters. The lack of affect in LaBlanc's performance is calmly hypnotic and captures Blackbear's sense of belonging to neither the white nor the... Read More

SIR CALLIE AND THE CHAMPIONS OF HELSTON

SIR CALLIE AND THE CHAMPIONS OF HELSTON Sir Callie, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Esme Symes-Smith | Read by Dani Martineck, Esme Symes-Smith

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Dani Martineck shines in presenting a confident character who feels confined in a disapproving world. Listeners will travel to the royal capital of Helston with Callie, a nonbinary 12-year-old who is determined to become a knight in a forbidding place with strict boundaries between genders. In this intolerant kingdom only girls can study magic, and boys must stick to swordplay.... Read More

SISTERS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS

SISTERS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS

by Jean Grainger | Read by Siobhan Waring

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Siobhan Waring delivers Grainger's story of Irish nuns who open a school in Australia in the 1930s. There, portly, outspoken Sister Claire braves extreme heat, hostility, and memorable locals, including Indigenous people. She even challenges conniving Mayor Joseph McGrath, credibly portrayed, over the way he treats the Indigenous community. Waring graphically describes... Read More

THE SKI JUMPERS

THE SKI JUMPERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter Geye | Read by Robert Fass

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

As Robert Fass narrates this wintry audiobook, he invigorates the characters through intelligent pacing and a fine storyteller's tone and empathy. The novel reveals a family's memories and long-held secrets through accounts of their participation in soaring ski-jumping competitions. One family member, a writer who is given a diagnosis of early-onset dementia, unearths dark... Read More

THE SLEEPLESS

THE SLEEPLESS

by Victor Manibo | Read by Joel de la Fuente

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Joel de la Fuente nails the confusion that lurks at the heart of this chilling audiobook. Its setting is a world in which a quarter of the population loses the ability to sleep without any health consequences. Most cash in by working multiple jobs during their 24 hours of wakefulness. One of these fortunate Sleepless is journalist Jamie Vega, who uses some of his time... Read More

SLOW HORSES

SLOW HORSES Slough House, Book 1

by Mick Herron | Read by Gerard Doyle

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With Gerard Doyle's unique vocal mix of classical theater training, Estuary English, and a world-weary yet street-smart tone, one can practically feel the cold, rain-slicked streets of London. Certainly, one can sense the anger, loss, and betrayal of all the "slow horses," British intelligence agents who have been put on the back burners of their careers. When a young... Read More

SMALL ANGELS

SMALL ANGELS

by Lauren Owen | Read by Daphne Kouma, Tamsin Kennard, Rebecca Lee, Eleanor Yates

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rebecca Lee is joined by several others as Chloe prepares for her dream wedding to Sam at a small church beside Mockbeggar Woods, outside the village where Sam grew up. Little does Chloe know that the church is available only because the villagers, including Sam's family, know Mockbeggar's history. The distinguished voices of the other narrators make the most of the... Read More

SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

by Jenny Holiday | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Cynthia Farrell brings to life the fictional European country of Eldovia, where this enemies-to-lovers romance is set. When management consultant Cara Delaney is assigned to sort out the king's financial affairs, she finds herself at odds with Matteo Benz, who works for the royal. Farrell gives Matteo a stiff, formal tone that reflects his concern about Cara's real... Read More

THE SOCIALITE'S GUIDE TO MURDER

THE SOCIALITE'S GUIDE TO MURDER

by S. K. Golden | Read by Amara Jasper

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amara Jasper inhabits the role of agoraphobic, rich, spoiled, and very clever Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy, daughter of The Pinnacle Hotel's owner in 1958 New York City. Jasper captures Evelyn's perkiness as she describes her fancy clothes, teetering stilettos, and attachment to her purse-sized dog, Presley. When artist Billie Bell's masterpiece is stolen and then... Read More

SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

by Dana L. Davis | Read by Kimberly Woods

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kimberly Woods is the solemn voice of Dylan, a senior who is laser focused on her violin audition for Juilliard. With only a few weeks of preparation to go, her ex-best friend, Langston, crashes into her family, trying to recover from his high-publicity antics. Woods's dazzling characterization of Langston radiates the swagger and vulnerability of the boy who suddenly... Read More

THE SONG OF THE CELL

THE SONG OF THE CELL An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human

by Siddhartha Mukherjee | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This is the second of Mukherjee's audiobooks that Dennis Boutsikaris has narrated, after 2017's THE GENE. In this expansive history of the researchers who unlocked the mysteries of the cell, Boutsikaris demonstrates again the importance of an experienced narrator in shaping a complex narrative. Using many of his skills as a narrator of bestselling thrillers, Boutsikaris shades... Read More

SONG OF THE SUN GOD

SONG OF THE SUN GOD

by Shankari Chandran | Read by Shabana Azeez

W.F. Howes (Wavesound) | Unabridged
Fiction

Shabana Azeez is a soft-voiced narrator for this family epic set amid the transformation of Ceylon from a British colony into the nation of Sri Lanka. She delivers in rich detail the love story and dilemmas facing Nala and Rajan, two young people who become parents at a turbulent time in their emerging nation. Azeez inspires affection and sympathy from listeners, who may be... Read More

THE SORCERER OF PYONGYANG

THE SORCERER OF PYONGYANG

Earphones Award Winner

by Marcel Theroux | Read by Marcel Theroux

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/journalist Marcel Theroux narrates his fascinating story of everyday life in North Korea with graceful aplomb. In 1995, when Cho Jun-Su was 11, he found a smuggled copy of Dungeons and Dragons. A teacher helps him understand the game by translating it for him. The game changes the trajectory of his life forever. Cho Jun-Su lives through a brutally oppressive regime,... Read More

SPARE

SPARE

by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex | Read by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Stifled by protocol his entire life, Prince Harry has a lot to say as he addresses rumors and lies in his memoir. His narrative style reflects a strong reserve of emotions, and his performance remains at an emotional distance for most of the sixteen-hour audiobook. His voice is clear and his tone steady, for the most part. Occasionally, such as when he discusses his military... Read More

THE SPARE MAN

THE SPARE MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Robinette Kowal | Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Mary Robinette Kowal expertly narrates her own novel, portraying each character as if she were starring in her own one-woman show. The futuristic story revolves around wealthy inventor Tesla Crane and her new husband, Shal, a retired detective. Their honeymoon on an interstellar ship to Mars is interrupted when a passenger is murdered and Shal is accused of the crime. Tesla;... Read More

SPEARHEAD (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS)

SPEARHEAD (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS) An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II

by Adam Makos | Read by Johnathan McClain

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Johnathan McClain offers a propulsive reading of Adam Makos's true story of tank warfare during WWII. This young adult adaptation of Makos's bestselling work takes listeners behind enemy lines, focusing on 21-year-old American tank gunner Corporal Clarence Smoyer of the 3rd Armored Division and 17-year-old German tank crewman Private Gustav Schaefer. Both are caught up... Read More

THE STAND-UP GROOMSMAN

THE STAND-UP GROOMSMAN

by Jackie Lau | Read by James Sie, Eunice Wong

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Eunice Wong and James Sie narrate this opposites-attract romance. Vivian Liao was a huge fan of comedian Melvin Lee--until she met him. Regardless of her antipathy for him, they'll have to see a lot more of each other now that Vivian's roommate and Melvin's famous friend are engaged. But somewhere between cake tastings and party planning they start to like what they see after... Read More

THE STAR THAT ALWAYS STAYS

THE STAR THAT ALWAYS STAYS

by Anna Rose Johnson | Read by Elise Randall Modica

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Elise Randall Modica brings heart to this story, set in Michigan in 1914. Fourteen-year-old Norvia Nelson's early memories of life on Lake Michigan's Beaver Island sustain her in Boyne City as she struggles to accept her parents' divorce and her mother's remarriage. Because her now-estranged Pa had scorned their Ojibwe heritage, Ma says not to reveal it to her... Read More

STARRY MESSENGER

STARRY MESSENGER Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil deGrasse Tyson | Read by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson shines brightly as he declaims his "Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization" in 10 interconnected essays. Taking his title from Galileo's "Siderius Nuncius," Tyson looks at planet Earth and its inhabitants using a "space-down" perspective--that of both an inhabitant of Earth and a visitor from another solar system. Using examples from... Read More

THE STARS UNDYING

THE STARS UNDYING

by Emery Robin | Read by Esther Wane, Tim Campbell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Esther Wane portrays haughty Princess Gracia Patramata, an oracle, in sharp, snooty tones--as befits her highborn station. Gracia recounts her tale of conquest and then defeat by the commander of the interstellar Empire of Ceiao. The battle-hardened commander wrangles with fellow merchants and the now defeated Gracia, whose demeanor is softened when voiced by Tim Campbell. Wane... Read More

STATION ETERNITY

STATION ETERNITY The Midsolar Murders, Book 1

by Mur Lafferty | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Sarah Mollo-Christensen narrates a sci-fi/mystery mash-up. Mallory Viridian is one of only three humans aboard the sentient space station Eternity, and the imminent arrival of more sets off a terrible chain reaction of events. Mollo-Christensen's portrayal of Mallory perfectly captures the nervous unhappiness of someone who believes she is a magnet for violent death; whether or... Read More

STATUS AND CULTURE

STATUS AND CULTURE How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change

by W. David Marx | Read by Daniel Henning

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

For a theoretical treatise on what contemporary culture is and how it works, STATUS AND CULTURE proves a surprisingly entertaining listen. Narrator Daniel Henning has a knack for highlighting key terms and ideas in a conversational tone of voice. This helps him present the elements of author David Marx's "grand theory of culture" in a clear and accessible manner. According to... Read More

STAY TRUE

STAY TRUE A Memoir

by Hua Hsu | Read by Hua Hsu

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hua Hsu performs his heartfelt memoir about his friendship with Kevin, a Japanese American man killed in a carjacking while they were in college. Hsu describes his early college years as a young man who is determined to cultivate truly unique musical tastes, refusing to indulge in listening to popular artists. Kevin, in contrast, was a stereotypical preppy frat boy. But... Read More

STELLA MARIS

STELLA MARIS The Passenger, Book 2

by Cormac McCarthy | Read by Julia Whelan, Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this coda to McCarthy's bestselling novel THE PASSENGER, narrators Julia Whelan and Edoardo Ballerini play the parts of troubled mathematical genius Alicia Western and her therapist as she seeks treatment in a mental hospital named Stella Maris. As the story is told entirely through the transcripts of Alicia's treatment, Whelan brings an edge of madness and yearning to her... Read More

STOLEN CITY

STOLEN CITY

by Elisa A. Bonnin | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Marisol Ramirez passionately narrates this fantasy audiobook. The city of Leithon is under imperial rule, and twins Arian and Liam assist the Resistance by stealing magical artifacts. Arian is voiced with confidence as she skillfully traverses rooftops despite the peril. Liam's burgeoning magic is outlawed, and Ramirez incorporates his complicated emotions into a gentle voice.... Read More

THE STOLEN HEIR

THE STOLEN HEIR A Novel of Elfhame

Earphones Award Winner

by Holly Black | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Saskia Maarleveld sublimely narrates this highly anticipated return to the world of Elfhame. Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, fled to the human world to live in the woods, where she helps release humans from their bargains with the fae. Her mother, Lady Nore, has taken over the Ice Needle Citadel, and prince Oak of Elfhame needs Suren's help to stop her. Maarleveld... Read More

STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

Earphones Award Winner

by Sidik Fofana | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nile Bullock, Sidik Fofana, Dominic Hoffman, DePre Owens, André Santana, Bahni Turpin, Jade Wheeler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

After a moody jazz riff, Sidik Fofana and a stand-out cast of performers transport listeners to the Banneker Terrace apartments in Harlem. Written in vibrant Black American vernacular, these witty, sad, uplifting stories are ideal for audio. Joniece Abbott-Pratt's Mimi is a beautician behind on the rent. Fofana's Swan might mess up because of a visitor. André Santana's Darius... Read More

STORIES WE TELL

STORIES WE TELL Every Piece of Your Story Matters

by Joanna Gaines | Read by Joanne Gaines

Harper Select | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Joanna Gaines, interior designer and TV personality on HGTV's "Fixer Upper," welcomes listeners into her life to hear what has helped her identify her true self, overcome hardships, and increase her ambition. Both comforting and supportive, Gaines recalls important experiences that influenced her to become the mother, wife, and business woman she is today. She talks to... Read More

THE STORY OF SON

THE STORY OF SON A Story of Dark Vampire Romance

by J. R. Ward | Read by Jim Frangione

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners looking for a quick yet satisfying story will find that narrator Jim Frangione provides just the thing. Lawyer Claire Stroughton is thrust into a world in which vampires exist. When she goes to see an elderly client, she is drugged and locked in a basement with a vampire named Michael. Frangione aptly conveys all of Claire's terror. After she learns about Michael and... Read More

THE STORY OF THE HUNDRED PROMISES

THE STORY OF THE HUNDRED PROMISES

by Neil Cochrane | Read by Em Grosland

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Em Grosland narrates a lush and joyfully queer fantasy loosely inspired by "Beauty and the Beast." After years at sea, Darragh Thorn must decide whether or not to reconcile with his father. His journey is told in parallel with that of Merrigan, an enchanter. Grosland deftly maneuvers the dual plotlines, as well as the interspersed fairy tales from the world of the story. They... Read More

THE STORYTELLER'S DEATH

THE STORYTELLER'S DEATH

by Ann Dávila Cardinal | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Marisol Ramirez captures the youthful voice of Isla Larson, who lives between two worlds, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. She struggles to fit in at her school and clashes with her alcoholic mother. She is relieved to spend summers in Puerto Rico with her Great-Aunt Alma. At 18, Isla discovers that she has the gift of storytelling--she can vividly see past events in front of her.... Read More

STRIKE THE ZITHER

STRIKE THE ZITHER Kingdom of Three, Book 1

by Joan He | Read by Nancy Wu

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nancy Wu gives a passionate and commanding performance in this fantasy retelling of the Chinese classic ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS. Despite being orphaned at a young age, Zephyr's ambition earns her the title of best strategist in the kingdom. She faithfully serves under the warlordess Xin Ren, whose goal is to claim the entire continent. When she has no other... Read More

SUCH SHARP TEETH

SUCH SHARP TEETH

by Rachel Harrison | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Horror

Kristen Sieh narrates this story of sisterhood with a twist. Rory is taking temporary leave from her job in New York City because her twin sister needs her help. On her way home, she hits an animal, stops to investigate, and, as luck would have it, is attacked by what turns out to be a werewolf. Being back to her hometown isn't appealing until she meets up with Ian, an old... Read More

SUPERWORLD

SUPERWORLD Superworld, Part 1

by Benjamin Keyworth | Read by Luke Daniels

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Luke Daniels enthusiastically narrates this unique superhero story. Matt Callaghan endures a world in which everyone has superpowers except him. After disguising this weakness by faking the power of clairvoyance, Matt's mounting lies begin to unravel. Thrust on an immersive and entertaining mission to save the world, he becomes intertwined with Jane, a fellow outcast with... Read More

SURRENDER

SURRENDER 40 Songs, One Story

by Bono | Read by Bono

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

U2 frontman and activist Bono sings like an Irish tenor but performs his memoir with a resonant baritone that sounds clear and effortless. With his working-class Irish accent almost undetectable, he gives his narration an intensity that sounds appealing and genuinely connected to the drama, irreverence, and profundity of his story. Published and unpublished clips of U2 songs... Read More

SWEET AND SOUR

SWEET AND SOUR

by Debbi Michiko Florence | Read by Emily Ota

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Emily Ota establishes a youthful voice for Mai, who embarks on her family's annual summer trip to Mystic, Connecticut, to visit her mom's longtime friend, Holly, and her family. While Mai had been best friends with Holly's son, Zach, over the years, she now seeks revenge for an incident that occurred during their last visit. Ota creates unique and authentic voices for... Read More

THE SYMMETRY OF FISH

THE SYMMETRY OF FISH

by Su Cho | Read by Su Cho

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

It's easy to imagine being at an in-person reading while listening to Su Cho narrate these lyrical poems. There's a rhythmic intensity to her performance that gives her work a sense of urgency and immediacy. In poems that are both playful and formal Cho explores the intersections of language, translation, lineage, immigration, family, and food. The poems centered around food... Read More

THE TATAMI GALAXY

THE TATAMI GALAXY

by Tomihiko Morimi, Emily Balistrieri [Trans.] | Read by Andrew Grace

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Andrew Grace finds the humor in a narrative that is progressively unreliable yet always relatable. At Tokyo University, a college junior lives in a messy, cramped space, a "four-and-a-half-tatami room." He seeks the perfect college experience, preferably one that includes a "raven-haired beauty." Several alternate timelines unfold, each with subtly divergent details involving... Read More

THEY CALL HER FREGONA

THEY CALL HER FREGONA A Border Kid's Poems

Earphones Award Winner

by David Bowles | Read by Andres Zuno

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This poetry collection is a companion to THEY CALL ME GERO. Mexican actor Andres Zuno shines as the narrator. Middle-schooler Güero begins a romance with Joanna "Fregona" Padilla. As their romance progresses, they share their first kiss, hang out with their diverse friends, and meet the other's family. Their bubble bursts when Joanna's father is deported. Zuno has a slight... Read More

THEY'RE GOING TO LOVE YOU

THEY'RE GOING TO LOVE YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Meg Howrey | Read by Meg Howrey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Meg Howrey performs her latest novel, a captivating story set in 1980s and '90s Manhattan. Carlisle grew up with her mother in the Midwest, spending summers in New York City with her father, Robert, and his partner, James. As an adult, Carlisle is estranged from her father and intent on losing herself in her work as a choreographer. Howrey's narration creates an emotionally... Read More

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

by KJ Charles | Read by James Joseph, Ryan Laughton

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Ryan Laughton and James Joseph narrate a fun, steamy, and heartfelt historical romance. Toby, voiced with humor by Laughton, stumbles upon an opportunity to make quick money by posing as a valet for an earl--but said earl is the man he once seduced and robbed at a roadside inn. In alternating chapters, Joseph shines as he portrays said earl, Miles, in a rich and inviting tone.... Read More

THIN PLACES

THIN PLACES A Natural History of Healing and Home

by Kerri ní Dochartaigh | Read by Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kerri ní Dochartaigh grew up in Derry, in Northern Ireland, the daughter of a Catholic mother and a Protestant father, during the violence of the Troubles. Her Irish accent, with its working-class roots, lends a clear sense of place. Ní Dochartaigh's voice is meditative, even mystical, and full of rawness, pain, and hard-won wisdom. She learns to find peace from the trauma and... Read More

THINGS WE FOUND WHEN THE WATER WENT DOWN

THINGS WE FOUND WHEN THE WATER WENT DOWN

by Tegan Nia Swanson | Read by Ann Richardson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ann Richardson performs this snowy mystery, which revolves around a daughter's search for the truth. Marietta goes missing after she's accused of murdering a man. Her daughter, Lena, is determined to find out what really happened. In a series of transcripts, articles, and descriptions, listeners follow Lena's investigation, slowly putting together the full picture of that snowy... Read More

THIS IS OUR PLACE

THIS IS OUR PLACE

by Vitor Martins, Larissa Helena [Trans.] | Read by André Santana, Jay Aaseng

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

André Santana provides an energetic voice for a small Brazilian house as it tells the interconnecting stories of its teen inhabitants in three different time periods. Author Vitor Martins's story is warm, compelling, and highly unusual as each of the teens reaches a new stage of comfort with their sexual identity. What this means at the cusp of the new millennium, in 2010, and... Read More

THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE What the Music You Love Says About You

by Susan Rogers, Ogi Ogas | Read by Susan Rogers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Susan Rogers narrates in an authentic, thoroughly charming voice that makes this fascinating audiobook a treat to hear. It's the type of amateur performance that speaks to listeners more with its vulnerability and enthusiasm than its polish, but it's beguiling nonetheless. This enlightening audiobook is an enticing mix of music neuroscience, the authors' knowledge of music... Read More

THIS OTHER EDEN

THIS OTHER EDEN

by Paul Harding | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

In 1912, Maine's governor forcibly evacuated a small community from their Malaga Island home, claiming the mixed-race inhabitants were morally and mentally deficient. This novel, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, is based on this tragic event. Ballerini's lyrical delivery highlights the poetic descriptions of the island's physical environment and the comfortable rhythms of daily... Read More

THIS STORY WILL CHANGE

THIS STORY WILL CHANGE After the Happily Ever After

by Elizabeth Crane | Read by Elizabeth Crane

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In terse tones, author/narrator Elizabeth Crane gives raw insight into the dissolution of a 15-year marriage and what happens afterward. Crane is stunned the day her husband admits point-blank that he is not happy. In a deadpan tone, she then proceeds to recount the ups and downs of their history together. In darkly funny moments she sarcastically speculates on what caused the... Read More

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

Earphones Award Winner

by Mac Barnett | Read by Mac Barnett

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Author and narrator Mac Barnett completely charms in this delightful fairy-tale retelling. Barnett is clearly having a great time relating the story of a hungry troll who waits for tasty morsels to cross the bridge over his head. Young listeners will giggle at Barnett's growly voice for the troll, who rhymes hopefully about a goat flambé with candied yams and a goat clam... Read More

THREE TALES

THREE TALES

by Gustave Flaubert | Read by Andrew Wincott

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Flaubert's exacting prose has a particular affinity to the ear, and Andrew Wincott's narration of three late stories highlights the French master's style, and his verbal evocation of the senses. Flaubert's art is defined by keen observation of detail, precision of word choice, and command of prose rhythms, and Wincott stresses these qualities with an unhurried delivery that... Read More

TOAD

TOAD

by Katherine Dunn, Molly Crabapple [Fore.] | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Christina Delaine offers a unique listening experience in this candid performance. The audiobook is a deep dive into the character of Sally, a lonely woman who shelters herself from the world, love, and social experiences. She's often on the outside looking in and narrates her observations of the people around her. Through her memories of an exciting and free college... Read More

TOMMY

TOMMY The Gun That Changed America

by Karen Blumenthal | Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maggi-Meg Reed flavors her nonfiction narration with lilts that lend drama to the story of the Thompson submachine gun (Tommy gun) in America in the 1920s and '30s. Reed first turns her attention to John Thompson, a Spanish-American army officer who believed the military needed a more efficient weapon during WWI. Later, Reed notes the inventor's dismay when the weapon finds its... Read More

TOMMY DASH: WAS IT EVERYTHING I SAID?

TOMMY DASH: WAS IT EVERYTHING I SAID?

by Bill Scheft | Read by Johnny Heller

The Zoyd Group | Unabridged
Fiction

Johnny Heller embodies Tommy Dash, an aging, self-absorbed stand-up comedian who is confronting a lifetime of regrettable behavior, including substance abuse. Heller's snappy, down-to-earth performance elevates Scheft's brusque and humorous dialogue. On the surface, Tommy Dash is an unlikable character, but Heller's spot-on narration illuminates Dash's hidden humanity.... Read More

TOO SMALL TOLA AND THE THREE FINE GIRLS

TOO SMALL TOLA AND THE THREE FINE GIRLS Too Small Tola, Book 2

by Atinuke | Read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Just as Tola is small but mighty, these short stories are bursting with heart. Narrator Mutiyat Ade-Salu's bright tone conveys the joy and strength of Tola as she gets into mischief while home alone with her siblings, goes to work when her grandmother gets malaria, and learns how she can be fine like the wealthier girls she sees. Ade-Salu uses an American accent for the... Read More

THE TOWN OF BABYLON

THE TOWN OF BABYLON

by Alejandro Varela | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Timothy Pabon gives a masterful performance of this masterful debut. Andrés, a gay Latinx professor, returns to his hometown to take care of his aging parents. While there, he attends his 20th high school reunion and reckons with his past. Pabon expertly brings Andrés to life, portraying him in warm tones that sometimes spiral into self-righteous indignation. Andrés's... Read More

TRANS+

TRANS+ Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You

by Kathryn Gonzales, Karen Rayne | Read by Daniela Acitelli

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Daniela Acitelli delivers an honest and straightforward performance in this introductory audio guide for transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming youth. This audiobook serves to provide and clarify the language we use when we talk about gender identity and being trans by using inclusive language that considers each person's unique journey toward discovering their true... Read More

TRAVEL BY BULLET

TRAVEL BY BULLET The Dispatcher, Book 3

by John Scalzi | Read by Zachary Quinto

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Zachary Quinto returns to perform Scalzi's lastest audiobook in the Dispatcher series, and fans of the series will be pleased. Quinto's near deadpan approach is perfect for this mix of cutting-edge science fiction and hard-boiled detective drama--in other words, classic Scalzi territory. Quinto returns as Tony Valdez, a trained professional who is skilled in restoring life to... Read More

TREAD OF ANGELS

TREAD OF ANGELS

Earphones Award Winner

by Rebecca Roanhorse | Read by Dion Graham

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Dion Graham's superb performance helps to create a weird and wonderful fantasy world based around Goetia, a town full of demon- and angel-type characters with a Western feel. When Goetian slum resident Mariel is accused of murder, her sister, Celeste, sets out to prove her innocence, using every method open to her. Graham's narration is the perfect match to this tale.... Read More

TREASURE STATE

TREASURE STATE Cassie Dewell, Book 6

by C.J. Box | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Christina Delaine returns to narrate Box's popular series featuring Montana P.I. Cassie Dewell. Delaine portrays Cassie's no-nonsense feistiness as she investigates two cases. An entitled Florida widow hires Cassie to pursue the handsome man who fleeced her of millions; Delaine's characterization of the wealthy woman warms as Cassie grudgingly finds her story compelling.... Read More

TRESPASSES

TRESPASSES

Earphones Award Winner

by Louise Kennedy | Read by Bird Brennan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Set near Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles, this audiobook is beautifully written and expertly performed. Bird Brennan's delivery of Kennedy's prose is lovely: Her accent and tone are perfectly matched to each character she voices. Clear-eyed descriptions so carefully wrought come alive in her calmly paced care. In the story, Cushla Lavery is a young Catholic... Read More

THE TRUMP TAPES

THE TRUMP TAPES Bob Woodward's Twenty Interviews with President Donald Trump

by Bob Woodward | Read by Bob Woodward, Donald J. Trump

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a collection of interviews conducted by WASHINGTON POST journalist Bob Woodward with Donald Trump throughout the past decade. As anyone who has heard Trump speak can attest, the former president can talk around a subject with the best of them, but this work puts that skill to the test. Woodward does not accept Trump's word salads as answers. Trump sounds... Read More

TWICE IN A LIFETIME

TWICE IN A LIFETIME

by Melissa Baron | Read by Megan Tusing

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Megan Tusing performs a touching romance that transcends time. Isla initially hesitates to believe the man who texts her that he is her husband from the future. As they build their relationship, he admits that her future self is no longer in his life and that he wants to protect her from her ultimate fate. Tusing's voice for Isla captures emotions that range from... Read More

THE TWIST OF A KNIFE

THE TWIST OF A KNIFE Hawthorne and Horowitz, Book 4

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Rory Kinnear

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rory Kinnear delivers an engaging and well-paced performance of Anthony Horowitz's third mystery featuring PI Hawthorne and Horowitz himself as a character. The amusing, sometimes befuddling, conceit mingles a fictional plot with facts from Horowitz's actual life. This time, the murder of a critic who panned Horowitz's London play implicates the playwright. Kinnear's... Read More

TWO DEGREES

TWO DEGREES

by Alan Gratz | Read by Sophie Oda, Adam Sanders, Almarie Guerra

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

A trio of talented narrators--Sophie Oda, Adam Sanders, and Almarie Guerra--take three storylines and infuse their performances with urgency and excitement, keeping listeners on edge. Oda portrays Akira, who is trying to survive a massive wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Voiced by Sanders, Owen and George have been attacked by a polar bear in the Manitoban... Read More

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