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THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY, 2 FURIOUS

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY, 2 FURIOUS

by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale | Read by Abigail Revasch, Tara Sands

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Abigail Revasch and Tara Sands reprise their roles in this silly sequel to SQUIRREL MEETS THE WORLD. Doreen Green is trying to navigate friendships, homework, mean teachers, and the complicated social norms of middle school life. Meanwhile, her alter ego, Squirrel Girl, must uncover a sinister plot involving the new mall in town. Revasch's Squirrel Girl is perky, and... Read More

UNBRIDLED

UNBRIDLED Long, Tall Texans, Book 53

by Diana Palmer | Read by Todd McLaren

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

A chance encounter at a party leads to the beginning of a romance between Texas Ranger John Ruiz and nurse Sunny Wesley. Narrator Todd McLaren brings the listener along as John and Sunny fall in love and complications arise. Unbeknownst to John, Sunny has befriended his 11-year-old son. McLaren gives John a subtle Spanish accent that goes with his heritage and ably gives his... Read More

UNDER A DARK SKY

UNDER A DARK SKY

by Lori Rader-Day | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this murder mystery about relationships gone wrong, listeners are brought to an isolated spot on the northern shores of Lake Michigan. Through a booking snafu, six former college buddies and a neurotic widow, Eden, are renting the same cottage. Eden has a terror of the dark and other phobias and is fixated on her husband's fatal car crash. It's an awkward situation that... Read More

UNSAFE THINKING

UNSAFE THINKING How to be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most

by Jonah Sachs | Read by Jonah Sachs

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Former ad agency head Jonah Sachs (WINNING THE STORY WARS) may quote studies and interviews with creativity experts, but the heart of this audio is the way his clear voice invites listeners to free themselves from the familiar and express themselves in whatever work they do. His persuasive candor about his own journey, along with his low-key enthusiasm about what he's learned,... Read More

THE UNUSUAL SECOND LIFE OF THOMAS WEAVER

THE UNUSUAL SECOND LIFE OF THOMAS WEAVER Middle Falls Time Travel, Book 1

by Shawn Inmon | Read by Johnny Heller

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Science Fiction

In this charming audiobook about second chances, Johnny Heller proves himself a great choice as narrator. In a nutshell, Thomas Weaver wasted his life after suffering a tragedy as a teenager. After the 54-year-old alcoholic commits suicide in 2016, he wakes up in his bedroom in 1976, back in his 15-year-old body. Given a do-over, Thomas resolves to be a better man in his second... Read More

UP IN FLAMES

UP IN FLAMES

by Heather Graham | Read by Tanya Eby

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Rock legend Jordan Treveryan's band and his marriage to singer-songwriter Kathy imploded after the mysterious and fiery death of his drummer, Keith. Now, 10 years later, as he plans a reunion with a reluctant Kathy and the rest of the band, ominous threats make him determined to learn the truth about what happened. Narrator Tanya Eby's energetic treatment of the dialogue... Read More

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

UPON FURTHER REVIEW The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

by Mike Pesca | Read by Mike Pesca, Shira Springer, Peter Thomas Fornatale, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Lindbergh, and a Full Cast

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Mike Pesca assembles a cadre of "what-if?" questions from the sports world. Malcolm Gladwell starts things off with a cerebral foreword, which precedes more than 30 stories written in varying styles. Some are potentially history altering--such as Mary Pilon's "What If Title IX Never Was?"--some are thought provoking and creative--such as Jonathan Hock's "What If Jerry... Read More

UPSTATE

UPSTATE

by James Wood | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Raphael Corkhill gives a competent, if sometimes cloying, performance of Wood's beautifully observed family tableau. Alan Querry, a 68-year-old British builder, receives a worrying phone call: His older daughter, Vanessa, a brilliant college professor who lives with her American boyfriend, Josh, may be suicidal. With his younger daughter, Helen, Alan travels to... Read More

US VS. THEM

US VS. THEM The Failure of Globalism

by Ian Bremmer | Read by Willis Sparks

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Many audiobooks about the Trump era merely lament the deterioration in political discourse arising from his presidency without offering any solutions. Ian Bremer takes a different and more effective approach, examining the us versus them divide not only in America, but also throughout the world, and offering ways to bridge the gap. Willis Sparks is an effective narrator who... Read More

THE VERDUN AFFAIR

THE VERDUN AFFAIR

by Nick Dybek | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners will be quickly drawn into this romantic novel set in two time periods. Tom, a young American orphan, found himself working for room, board, and a small stipend at the Verdun battlefield in 1921, helping the priests with anything they needed, including collecting bones for an ossuary. When, in 1950, he unexpectedly reconnects with Paul, his thoughts return to that... Read More

THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY

THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY A Memoir or Whatever

by Jamie Wright | Read by Madeleine Lambert

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Narrator Madeleine Lambert brings the words of shameless Jesus-lover Jamie Wright to life in this memoir describing her crazy missionary adventures. With just the right amount of sass and sarcasm, Lambert recounts Wright's complicated journey with Christ and her doubts about Western church culture. Moments of vulnerability and honesty are expressed in soft speech at a perfect... Read More

A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET

A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET

by Caryl Phillips | Read by Justine Eyre

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Justine Eyre sounds simultaneously enticing and embittered in Phillips's interesting novelization of the life of author Jean Rhys. That's just as it should be, as Rhys was famously troubled and talented. Born in Dominica, Rhys's most famous novel, WIDE SARGASSO SEA, imagines an island childhood for the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's JANE EYRE. Phillips's novel... Read More

VOX

VOX

Earphones Award Winner

by Christina Dalcher | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan brings this realistic, thought-provoking debut to life with heart. She is the voice of Dr. Jean McClellan, once a renowned scientist, now a mostly mute, angry wife and mother who is looking for a way to reclaim her voice and personhood. Whelan expresses a range of emotions: regret for past disengagement, fear as she contemplates her daughter's life without... Read More

WALKING TO LISTEN

WALKING TO LISTEN 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

by Andrew Forsthoefel | Read by Andrew Forsthoefel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Newly graduated from college and seeking meaning in his life, Andrew Forsthoefel undertakes a cross-country walk from his home in Pennsylvania all the way to California, relying on his wits, the words of Whitman and Rilke, and the kindness of strangers. Forsthoefel recounts his goals: to listen to other people's stories, to understand what is of value and important to people... Read More

WANDERLUST

WANDERLUST

by Lauren Blakely | Read by Richard Armitage, Grace Grant

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Richard Armitage and Grace Grant transport listeners to the streets of Paris in this dreamy contemporary romance. On a work assignment in Paris, American transplant Joy quickly realizes that her French isn't quite up to par, so she'll be working with a translator until she can navigate the intricacies of a Parisian perfume lab on her own. But an immediate spark with... Read More

WAR ON PEACE

WAR ON PEACE The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

by Ronan Farrow | Read by Ronan Farrow

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This timely audiobook is a warning: Because of deep cuts to the State Department and the change in the current administration's focus concerning diplomacy, the United States is facing a crisis regarding its global power. Written by the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Public Service, the audiobook draws on interviews with diplomats to make its case. Ronan Farrow also narrates... Read More

WASHINGTON BLACK

WASHINGTON BLACK

Earphones Award Winner

by Esi Edugyan | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This memorable audiobook takes a young slave from captivity to freedom as narrator Dion Graham wrings every heartfelt emotion from the story. Edugyan's work embodies the fear and brutality of 1800s slavery, using beautifully turned phrases and clear-eyed observations--which Graham takes to another level--to give voice to the horror and high adventure of Washington Black's life.... Read More

THE WASHINGTON DECREE

THE WASHINGTON DECREE

by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Steve Schein [Trans.] | Read by Jason Culp

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Originally published in 2006, this Danish political thriller now has an English translation, with Jason Culp narrating the audio edition. Former Virginia governor Bruce Jansen wins the 2008 presidential election. Having lost two wives to public assassinations, he then enacts drastic executive orders to reduce gun violence, in turn stripping away many personal freedoms. The... Read More

THE WATER PRINCESS

THE WATER PRINCESS

by Susan Verde | Read by Yetide Badaki

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Yetide Badaki's light and gentle voice is just what one might expect from a serene princess--a water princess, no less. Badaki gently but urgently shares the story of Princess GieGie and her journey to the well for her family's water. The princess rises at six in the morning and then begins her walk through a dust-filled world. Shea nuts, music, and the company of... Read More

WAVERLEY

WAVERLEY

by Sir Walter Scott | Read by David Rintoul

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Sir Walter Scott's first historical novel takes place during the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. Young Englishman Edward Waverly goes to Scotland in the army but becomes intrigued by the Highlanders' cause and eventually changes his support from the Hanoverians to the Jacobites. David Rintoul's narration gives a natural cadence to Scott's prose. His clear, deep voice emphasizes the... Read More

WE MATTER

WE MATTER Athletes and Activism

by Etan Thomas | Read by Julian Thomas

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Julian Thomas delivers this manifesto on why athletes have the right to a voice on social issues and why their activism is necessary in the face of today's injustices. Author Etan Thomas, a former basketball player, weaves together his personal experiences and verbatim interviews with more than 50 athletes. Thomas narrates with clarity, bringing gravitas to the many... Read More

WE'LL FLY AWAY

WE'LL FLY AWAY

by Bryan Bliss | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator James Fouhey delivers a playful yet somber narration of this poignant story. Best friends Luke and Toby struggle with abuse, poverty, and the criminal justice system in their North Carolina town. Then, during their senior year, their friendship falls apart. The story switches from Toby's point of view to Luke's once Luke begins writing pensive letters to Toby from... Read More

WEST LIKE LIGHTNING

WEST LIKE LIGHTNING The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express

by Jim DeFelice | Read by John Pruden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Around 1860, three men decided to create a faster way to deliver mail throughout the United States. This audiobook tells the story of the famed Pony Express from its beginning to its end only 18 months later. Narrator John Pruden turns this slice of American history into an entertaining performance filled with men of legend such as Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, and even... Read More

WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND

WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND

Earphones Award Winner

by Alison McGhee | Read by Michael Crouch

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

One hundred chapters of 100 words each. The central structure of Alison McGhee's book may be lost on listeners, but it is compensated for by Michael Crouch's honest, gentle rendering of 16-year-old Will, who is trying to make sense of his father's suicide. Will spends his free time attempting to replicate his father's "famous" cornbread and walking around town. On his walks he... Read More

WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE

WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries and Reveal How Today's Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World

by Jim Al-Khalili | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Pete Cross gives a crisp, erudite performance of this collection of thought-provoking essays, which envision the influence of technology, science, and nature on the future of society. How does automation impact our future lives? What should we make of the possible impact of artificial intelligences? Curious listeners who aren't versed in the minutiae of concepts like... Read More

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

by Francine Prose | Read by Allyson Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In the follow-up to her bestseller, READING LIKE A WRITER, author and critic Francine Prose recommends some of her favorite literary works. Narrator Allyson Johnson perfectly evokes Prose's conversational tone. Some of these essays have been published before and some not. A handful of classic novels are covered, as well as lesser-known works and authors. Throughout her... Read More

WHATSHISFACE

WHATSHISFACE

by Gordon Korman | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Gordon Korman never fails to create likable characters whom kids can relate to, and narrator Jonathan Todd Ross brings them to life with sympathy and humor. In a town called Stratford, new kid Cooper Vega and his seventh-grade class are preparing to perform ROMEO AND JULIET. As Cooper struggles to fit in, he discovers that his phone is haunted by the ghost of an Elizabethan... Read More

WHEN ASIA WAS THE WORLD

WHEN ASIA WAS THE WORLD Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the Riches of the East

by Stewart Gordon | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Derek Perkins adds British charm to this history, which is based on extant books, manuscripts, and letters from approximately 500 to 1500 CE. While the West was languishing in darkness, Asia was thriving with commerce, scholarship, and a cosmopolitan sensibility. Buddhism and Islam were major influences, the former with strings of monastic centers and traveling monks,... Read More

WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GODEL

WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GODEL Excursions to the Edge of Thought

by Jim Holt | Read by David Stifel

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Narrator David Stifel's steady voice provides a welcoming tone as the author gives listeners a window on the seemingly inscrutable nature of the infinite. The title refers to a relationship between the scientist and the philosopher, and Holt's audiobook, a collection of essays from the past 20 years, likewise delves into deep questions about life itself. Listeners are guided... Read More

WHEN WE FOUND HOME

WHEN WE FOUND HOME

by Susan Mallery | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Tanya Eby brings to life the story of three half-siblings who suddenly find themselves living together. Wealthy Malcolm discovers he has two sisters, Callie, a young woman who has a tough life, and Keira, a 20-year-old. He brings them both home to live with him and their grandfather. Eby masterfully gives voice to the three. Callie grew up in Texas, and Eby gives her a... Read More

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

Earphones Award Winner

by Delia Owens | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents in this debut novel by nature writer Delia Owens. Campbell's accents give the mix of classes and regions in the story the same realistic detail Owens provides for the marsh. Kya, a girl abandoned by her family in the isolated marshes of North Carolina, comes of age with little social contact in the 1950s and... Read More

WHISKEY SHARP: JAGGED

WHISKEY SHARP: JAGGED Whiskey Sharp, Book 2

by Lauren Dane | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Tanya Eby whips up a performance almost good enough to eat in this sexy contemporary romance featuring a Russian hero who runs a neighborhood bakery and a heroine who is taking back her life in the wake of trauma. Viktor Orlaf knows that "just friends" isn't going to cut it anymore between him and tattoo artist Rachel Dolan. But loving her is going to take all the... Read More

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD Prequel to the Saga of Shadows

by Kevin J. Anderson | Read by Travis Baldree

WordFire Press LLC | Unabridged
Science Fiction

This fast-paced audiobook is set in the diverse Confederation, a decade after the Elemental Wars, with the human race still trying to get back on its collective feet. And right at the heart of this prequel to Anderson's Saga of Shadows is talented narrator Travis Baldree, bringing its diverse characters to life. Baldree's clever blend of dialects and accents helps the listener... Read More

WHITE FRAGILITY

WHITE FRAGILITY Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson [Fore.] | Read by Amy Landon

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller in print, is instructive, informational, and clear. The author provides an introduction to the social phenomenon called "white fragility," in particular its discomforts and pushback. As part of the discussion, she explains various racial terms and their history. Narrator Amy Landon's objective tone allows the audiobook to speak for... Read More

WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER

WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 1

by Sarah MacLean | Read by Justine Eyre

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Justine Eyre's hallmark voice takes this historical romance from upper-crust London to the dark streets of the criminal underworld. Lady Felicity Faircloth's desire to receive the approval of society's darlings lands her in hot water when her lie becomes the talk of the town. When criminal king Devil promises to turn her falsehood into the truth, she doesn't realize... Read More

WICKED RIVER

WICKED RIVER

by Jenny Milchman | Read by Susie Berneis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susie Berneis takes listeners to the vast and mysterious Adirondack forest, where Doug and Natalie Larson are setting out on their honeymoon. The book begins with a heart-stopping chase through the woods and then turns into a dark and creepy thriller that will make listeners think twice before setting out on a camping adventure. Berneis uses her talent for evoking... Read More

WILD CARD

WILD CARD North Ridge, Book 1

by Karina Halle | Read by Alexander Cendese, Alexandra Shawnee

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

A sweet and sexy romance of second chances kicks off Halle's new North Ridge series. Shane and Rachel were childhood best friends and then teenage lovers--until events conspired to tear them apart. When Rachel comes back to town, she wants nothing to do with Shane, but he'll try his best to change her mind. Narrator Alexander Cendese breathes life into the emotionally wounded... Read More

WILD FIRE

WILD FIRE Shetland Island, Book 8

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Kenny Blyth

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kenny Blyth draws the listener into the mystery and beauty of the Shetland Islands as DI Jimmy Perez and his senior colleague and love interest, Willow Reeves, investigate the murder of a young nanny, Emma Shearer. Blyth's Scottish and English accents bring to life the interesting and troubled inhabitants of the insular, gossipy village of Deltaness. There, incomers... Read More

WILD LIKE THE WIND

WILD LIKE THE WIND Chaos, Book 6

by Kristen Ashley | Read by Kate Russell

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Kate Russell rides through another epic Chaos Motorcycle Club romance with the long-awaited story of Hound and Keely. Widowed when club business blew back onto her husband, Keely raised her two sons, reluctantly accepting club assistance. Russell delivers descriptions of Keely's dramatic life with clarity and sympathy. She steers through the rough language and sex,... Read More

WILLPOWER DOESN'T WORK

WILLPOWER DOESN'T WORK Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

by Benjamin Hardy | Read by Benjamin Hardy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

The author's personable writing and intuitive ideas more than compensate for his less-than-optimal vocal tone and slightly mechanical phrasing. Yet his narration also has a seductive energy that builds as his ideas unfold, drawing listeners into his optimism as well as his thinking. The paradoxical hook in Hardy's message is that when we accept that our surroundings have... Read More

WINNIE AND WILBUR VOLUME 4

WINNIE AND WILBUR VOLUME 4

by Laura Owen, Korky Paul | Read by Amy Enticknap

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Little listeners are welcomed back to the wonderfully chaotic world of Winnie and Wilbur by returning narrator Amy Enticknap. Children are sure to enjoy this collection of stories about a well-intentioned yet clumsy witch and her extremely opinionated cat. Enticknap voices each of her characters with clarity and wit, marking Winnie with innocently high-pitched excitement and... Read More

WINTERHOUSE

WINTERHOUSE

by Ben Guterson | Read by Sophie Amoss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Listeners hear Elizabeth Somers's unhappiness when she realizes her aunt and uncle are sending her to the Winterhouse Hotel, after leaving on their own vacation. Luckily, she has a practical disposition, which, along with a love of books and a facility for anagrams, will help her when she finds a magic book that holds a mystery. Narrator Sophie Amoss makes Elizabeth an... Read More

WOLF'S MATE

WOLF'S MATE A Paranormal Shifter Romance

by Celia Kyle | Read by Mia Nichols

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Mia Nichols capably portrays both sides of Declan and Abby's romance. She explores wolf shifter Declan's intense protective feelings toward Abby even as he resists claiming her as his mate. Nichols also reveals cougar shifter Abby's loneliness and longing for a family as well as her tenderness for Declan. Drawing out her words, both in narrative and dialogue, Nichols... Read More

WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES

WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES

by Hallgrímur Helgason, Brian FitzGibbon [trans.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Suzanne Toren is at her elegant best in performing this stunning audiobook, in its way as shattering as Jerzy Kosinski's THE PAINTED BIRD. The title character is a sardonic, wounded, brilliant Icelandic woman on her deathbed. In a garage. As a pretty, young adolescent, she was stranded alone in Hamburg in 1942, her father having joined the Nazis and her mother prevented from... Read More

WORD WARRIOR

WORD WARRIOR Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom

by Sonja D. Williams | Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Robin Miles educates listeners about the life and work of African-American radio broadcaster Richard Durham. She delivers the author's take on Durham's rise as an intellectual during a period of increased attention to African-American writing and music following WWII. Miles works capably across a wide range of material, including interview excerpts and historical... Read More

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

by Julia Walton | Read by Christopher Gebauer, Robert Fass, Julia Walton [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christopher Gebauer delivers an engaging performance as a teen named Adam. Recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, Adam struggles with the condition, the side effects of the drug trial in which he is participating, and starting at a new school where no one knows of his past. Gebauer's unique vocalizations capture the different personalities of the characters--both real... Read More

THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS

THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book ofLife

by Deborah Harkness, Claire Baldwin, Lisa Halttunen, Jill Hough | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Deborah Harkness, Steve West, Jennifer Ikeda

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author and an ensemble of narrators guide listeners through the phantasmic world of Harkness's bestselling All Souls trilogy. Harkness is an academic historian whose expertise informs her imagined saga of witches, vampires, demons, and humans coexisting in contemporary and Elizabethan times. The lengthy interview with Harkness at the beginning is informative and genial.... Read More

WOULD YOU RATHER?

WOULD YOU RATHER? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out

by Katie Heaney | Read by Katie Heaney

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Katie Heaney wrote her first memoir at age 25 (NEVER HAVE I EVER). At that time she was still searching for the right guy to sweep her off her feet. Amid a lot of soul-searching over the next three years, she realized that she is a lesbian and that she was really looking for the right woman. In this essay collection, Heaney recaptures the anxiety and tension of having crushes... Read More

WRATH OF EMPIRE

WRATH OF EMPIRE Gods of Blood and Powder, Book 2

by Brian McClellan | Read by Christian Rodska

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Christian Rodska provides this action-packed fantasy with a dazzling narration. Each memorable, well-developed character--Michel, Ben, Taniel, Ka-poel, and Viora--has a recognizable and appropriate voice. Their likability is made more so by Rodska's treatment as well as their complicated relationships. With the capital city occupied, Michel smuggles even more refugees out,... Read More

THE YEAR OF LESS

THE YEAR OF LESS How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

by Cait Flanders | Read by Cait Flanders

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This memoir by the 20-something Flanders, a former binge consumer, reflects on the interconnectedness of her addictions to alcohol, food, and shopping. In it she documents her year of living with a self-imposed shopping ban. This listen is not for those seeking a Kondo-like instruction manual on how to have less--Flanders's story is more personal. One is engaged by her overall... Read More

YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE

YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE And Other Family Dilemmas

by Tom Papa | Read by Tom Papa

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Humor

This audiobook is the brainchild of "Live From Here's" performer and head writer. In it, he tells funny stories about families--from overprotective mothers to bizarre uncles--and in the process shows that he has a warm side to go along with the funny parts. Tom Papa narrates his audiobook, and he does a marvelous job. His delivery is sharp, and he uses a slightly sarcastic tone... Read More

YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED

YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back

by Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever | Read by Alex Salkever

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Coauthor Alex Salkever narrates this timely audiobook in an uninflected manner. While he's far from a dramatic reader, his earnest style suits the seriousness of the issues he raises. He is convincing. The authors share their personal stories, each in a kind of mea culpa for what inspired this project: email addiction leading to failing health for Wadhwa and a near... Read More

YOUR OWN TRUE COLORS

YOUR OWN TRUE COLORS Timeless Wisdom from America's Grandmother

by Barbara Bush | Read by Barbara Bush

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Wellesley College's annual hoop race is said to make its winner a winner at life, at least by society's standards. Once, that victory was to be the first married; now it's to be the first CEO. In her 1990 commencement speech at the women's college, Barbara Bush tells graduates it's time for a different saying: The winner should be the first to reach her dream. The first lady's... Read More

YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE

YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE

by Raphaëlle Giordano | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Fiona Hardingham narrates this personal-growth audiobook masquerading as a novel. Paris native Camille is on a quest to find happiness, as opposed to mere contentment, putting the author's philosophy of "routinology" into action. In the dialogue, Hardingham's French accent is believable, and she gives each character a unique voice and tone. Camille's handsome mentor, Claude,... Read More

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