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UNCOMMON TYPE

UNCOMMON TYPE Some Stories

by Tom Hanks | Read by Tom Hanks

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The charm of Tom Hanks's debut collection of stories stems from the inspiration he draws from an oft-forgotten and much-maligned machine that, despite its obsolescence, holds possibilities unknown--the typewriter. Clearly, Hanks, who collects typewriters, is smitten. When such a unique motif is coupled with one of Hollywood's most popular voices, one is naturally curious. The... Read More

THE UNDESIRED

THE UNDESIRED

by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir | Read by Nick Underwood, Karen Cass

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As narrators, both Karen Cass and Nick Underwood spin a suspenseful, slow-burning tale of hidden secrets and the supernatural. In 1974, Aldís Agnarsdóttir, a cleaner in a home for delinquent boys in rural Iceland, becomes infatuated with Einar, a boy with terrible secrets. When Einer and another boy vanish, it is Aldis who pays the price. Decades later, Odinn, a grieving single... Read More

THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS

THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate

by | Read by James Langton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator James Langton smoothly transitions from young to old and male to female characters, and his delivery of dialogue ranges believably from refined to coarse. These traits amplify the historical authenticity of this Dickensian adventure by the award-winning author Avi. From the moment 12-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts is awakened by a raging storm, his life careens from... Read More

THE UNQUIET GRAVE

THE UNQUIET GRAVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sharyn McCrumb | Read by Candace Thaxton, Roger Casey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A true-life murder trial in 1897 and the legend of the Greenbriar Ghost offer rich territory for Sharyn McCrumb. In interconnected stories, narrators Candace Thaxton and Roger Casey give McCrumb's compelling characters consistent, believable personalities. Casey's male characters are authentic, including attorney James Gardner. In the 1930s, Gardner, an elderly black man, was... Read More

UNRAVELING OLIVER

UNRAVELING OLIVER

by Liz Nugent | Read by Sam O'Mahony and a Full Cast

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Liz Nugent's debut novel is masterfully crafted to unwrap the mystery of what would compel Oliver, a famous author of children's books, to engage in savagery and deception that climaxes in his final brutal act of beating his wife, Alice, into a coma. Oliver's story is expertly and chillingly narrated by Sam O'Mahony. Each chapter of the book provides the perspective of Oliver... Read More

UNSTOPPABLE

UNSTOPPABLE My Life So Far

by Maria Sharapova | Read by Maria Sharapova

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The tennis star reads her life story, which is split into two halves: her formative years as a young girl with her father after they immigrated to the United States, and then her career on the courts. She reads with little intonation, save for occasional introspective moments, but she is clear throughout her story. It isn't the most stunning narration, but her background, take... Read More

THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR

THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR

by Svetiana Alexievich, Richard Pevear [Trans.] Larissa Volokhonsky [Trans.] | Read by Julia Emelin, Yelena Shmulenson, Alan Lewis Rigman, Alan Winter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Julia Emelin and Yelena Shmulenson both give sublime performances of this exceptional work by Nobel laureate Alexievich. This compilation of WWII reminiscences by female veterans of the Red Army was first published nearly 35 years ago and was controversial for its unvarnished view of the war, with the author even being sued for slander a number of years later. These women... Read More

USE OF FORCE

USE OF FORCE Scot Harvath, Book 16

by Brad Thor | Read by Armand Schultz

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When the CIA learns of a terrorist plot to bomb the most important religious sites in Europe, it turns to counterterrorism expert Scot Harvath to thwart the plans by any means necessary. That means lots of shooting. Narrator Armand Schultz gives life to the tough-as-nails former SEAL and his team of equally hard-nosed warriors as they push their way through Europe and the... Read More

VACATION

VACATION

by JC Miller | Read by Curt Simmons

JC Miller Writer | Unabridged
Fiction

Seattle-based narrator Curt Simmons is the perfect performer to present the story of a grief-stricken Seattle pathologist who finds his soul mate on a walking tour of the Cotswolds. This contemporary romance is a little bland and predictable, but there is one dramatic impediment blocking the course of true love that piques one's interest. The story is enlivened by descriptions... Read More

VACATIONLAND

VACATIONLAND True Stories from Painful Beaches

Earphones Award Winner

by John Hodgman | Read by John Hodgman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's no surprise that an audiobook by humorist John Hodgman is funny. More surprising, though, are the emotional depths Hodgman reaches in this assortment of essays. Hodgman is known for his work on "The Daily Show" and as the stodgy personification of a PC in Apple's "Get a Mac" commercials. He brings the expected dose of sardonic humor to his narration but is also a gifted... Read More

THE VACCINE RACE

THE VACCINE RACE Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease in Postwar America

by Meredith Wadman | Read by Nancy Linari

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Meredith Wadman shows listeners that science was once a fascinating, twisty search for the truth conducted by committed researchers who operated in financial and ethical environments different from those of today. Narrator Nancy Linari has a lovely smooth voice, and she subtly renders the rivalries, professional slights, and outrageous ethical decisions embedded in the... Read More

VICTOR SHMUD, TOTAL EXPERT: LET'S DO A THING!

VICTOR SHMUD, TOTAL EXPERT: LET'S DO A THING! Victor Shmud, Total Expert, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Jim Benton | Read by Johnny Heller

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Johnny Heller gives an out-of-this-world performance as the imaginative and intrepid Victor Shmud. Jim Benton, author of the Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary series, brings more outrageous fun with his new child protagonist, whom Heller entertainingly portrays with vivid animation. Heller combines childlike innocence and silliness with a debonair sophistication to convey... Read More

THE WAGES OF SIN

THE WAGES OF SIN Sarah Gilchrist, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaite Welsh | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mary Jane Wells is just about perfect in this mystery set in Victorian-era Scotland. Former London debutante Sarah Gilchrist was raped, confined to a sanatorium for "promiscuity," and banished in disgrace. Upon moving to Edinburgh and attending medical school, Sarah endures the jibes of the male-dominated faculty and student body. She helps out at a clinic catering to... Read More

THE WAR I FINALLY WON

THE WAR I FINALLY WON

Earphones Award Winner

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Jayne Entwistle narrated Bradley's earlier book, THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Her narration of the sequel cements the books' connection. Entwistle recognizes the characters' complexities, particularly Ada's. Ada, the heroine, has survived living with a clubfoot and her Mam's cruelty--now comes her healing. Entwistle gives a layered portrayal of Ada's strength and distrust,... Read More

WARCROSS

WARCROSS

by Marie Lu | Read by Nancy Wu

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nancy Wu's acerbic narration drops listeners into a high-tech future in which virtual reality has become ubiquitous, and Warcross is the world's most popular video game. When a skilled hacker threatens the Warcross Championships, creator Hideo Tanaka will need a bounty hunter, a hacker, and a gamer to investigate. Luckily, Emika Chen is all three. Unhurried in her narration, Wu... Read More

WARLOCK HOLMES 1

WARLOCK HOLMES 1 A Study in Brimstone

by G.S. Denning | Read by Scott McCormick and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

In need of a place to stay, Dr. Watson (of Sherlock Holmes fame) finds himself unexpectedly boarding with Warlock Holmes, a sometimes bumbling idiot who seems to be possessed by something evil. A full-cast production with music and sound effects, this audiobook has the quality and gumption of the classic series of the BBC such as THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY and DOCTOR... Read More

WATCH ME DISAPPEAR

WATCH ME DISAPPEAR

by Janelle Brown | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Kaleo Griffith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's skill at conveying a range of emotions takes the spotlight in this audiobook about how a father and daughter cope with the disappearance of their dynamic wife/mother. As Jonathan and Olive prepare for the hearing to declare Billie legally dead because a body has never been found, they begin to sort through her belongings and are surprised to discover... Read More

WAVE ME GOODBYE

WAVE ME GOODBYE

by Jacqueline Wilson | Read by Amy Enticknap

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amy Enticknap employs a range of British accents to highlight the culture shock 10-year-old Shirley experiences when she and her schoolmates are evacuated from London to the countryside just before England enters WWII. While the subject matter explores serious themes about war, class, and the nature of family, its overall spirit is one of adventure and discovery, which... Read More

THE WAY TO BEA

THE WAY TO BEA

by Kat Yeh | Read by Dianne Down

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Dianne Down's earnest, enthusiastic narration as Bea illuminates the tumult and excitement that accompany middle school, with its awkward social situations and clashes between expectation and reality. Seventh grade presents a host of challenges for Yeh's characters. With urgency and determination, Down recounts details of mysterious letters, daring quests, new friendships, and... Read More

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Read by Beresford Bennett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This collection of essays by Coates on the African-American experience contains one piece published in THE ATLANTIC magazine during each year of the Obama administration. Narrator Beresford Bennett's deliberate performance reflects his respect for the author, but his uneven cadences and unexpected emphases pull listeners out of the material. The essays--which cover topics... Read More

WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

by Ada Calhoun | Read by Ada Calhoun

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Ada Calhoun narrates her meditation on marriage--what occurs AFTER the wedding--with all its messy imperfections. Calhoun's reflections are an extension of her wildly popular NEW YORK TIMES essay "The Wedding Toast I'll Never Give.") She delivers her commentary on the pain and pleasure of married life in a candid, straightforward style. As she weaves her own intimate... Read More

WEDGIE & GIZMO

WEDGIE & GIZMO

by Suzanne Selfors | Read by Johnny Heller, Maxwell Glick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick are unfailingly exuberant as they bring Wedgie and Gizmo to life. This is no easy task, given these two large personalities--one a guinea pig set on taking over the world and the other the quintessential family dog, ever faithful but out of step. Wedgie and Gizmo are in the thick of it whether racing about in a superhero cape, bemoaning... Read More

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD

WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD

by Rachel Vail | Read by Simone Policano

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Simone Policano captures the searing self-consciousness and angst of middle school. Featured elements of the story are the awkward first romance and its behind-the-scenes negotiations. In this contemporary retelling of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, eighth-grader Gracie likes AJ, but instead of telling him, she helps her friend Sienna craft admiring texts to him. The story... Read More

THE WESTERN STAR

THE WESTERN STAR Walt Longmire, Book 13

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall continues his stellar delivery of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. This installment involves shifts in time between Longmire's current concern, an old nemesis who about to be paroled, and his early years as a sheriff when he returned from the War in Vietnam. Guidall expertly carries listeners back and forth between 1972 and the present day,... Read More

WHAT HAPPENED

WHAT HAPPENED

Earphones Award Winner

by Hillary Rodham Clinton | Read by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hillary Rodham Clinton's book is pure Hillary--forceful, inspiring, yet humble. No one could deliver her story as she herself does, and she does it brilliantly. How does one recover from a defeat that, by all accounts, should have been a victory? As she puts it, losing is one thing--but "losing a race you'd thought you'd win is devastating." She performs the work with dignity,... Read More

WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS

WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS Notes From an Underground Man

by Art Garfunkel | Read by Art Garfunkel

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Art Garfunkel, who is known for both music and acting, has kept count of the books he's read over the years. His love of words becomes obvious as he celebrates both his career and his life aloud. He even rhapsodizes about the shape of the "A" in his first name. Garfunkel's writing is a lot like lyrics, filled with rhymes and meant for the ear. His soft voice gives his words a... Read More

WHAT MOTIVATES GETTING THINGS DONE

WHAT MOTIVATES GETTING THINGS DONE Procrastination, Emotions, and Success

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Lamia | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Cynthia Farrell's experience portraying strong female characters gives her narration of this audiobook magnetic appeal and authority. She has a strong repertoire of subtle pitches and intense tones that showcase but never overshadow the author's arresting insights. Written by a psychoanalyst with a gift for teaching, the audiobook avoids pejorative takes on... Read More

WHAT TO SAY NEXT

WHAT TO SAY NEXT

by Julie Buxbaum | Read by Abigail Revasch, Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Abigail Revasch and Kirby Heyborne take a so-so story and turn it into an entertaining listening experience. Heyborne is especially effective as David, a brilliant high school student with no clue about relationships. Heyborne's delivery is careful, precise, and steady as David slowly navigates his first real friendship. As David becomes more comfortable with social... Read More

WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS

WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS A Novel of the French Revolution

by Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki | Read by Bruce Mann

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Bruce Mann's voice commands attention from the first moments of Allison and Owen Pataki's carefully researched, if ponderous, novel of the French Revolution. French citizens shouting liberty, equality, and fraternity have overthrown the monarchy of the most reviled king, Louis XVI, and his detested queen, Marie Antoinette. Aristocrat André Valière's father is... Read More

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS A Writer's Memoir

by Amy Tan | Read by Amy Tan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Add capable audiobook narrator to the list of Amy Tan's many talents. Her unique memoir is made all the more accessible and personal through her animated performance, which puts the emphasis on survival and perseverance instead of obstacles and hardships. In this nonlinear overview of her life, Tan talks not only about her struggles with health issues, her mother's bouts of... Read More

WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?

WHO ARE YOU, REALLY? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality

Earphones Award Winner

by Brian R. Little | Read by Brian R. Little

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author and narrator Brian R. Little sheds light on how our personal goals and projects are not simply a reflection of ourselves--they can actually shape who we become. While some aspects of our personality are affected by biological and social influences, Little explains that we can also control some of our traits for the purpose of reframing our goals and accomplishing them.... Read More

WHO IS RICH?

WHO IS RICH?

by Matthew Klam | Read by David Costabile

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This brilliant audiobook packs a punch, or a number of them, that you wouldn't expect just from reading a description of it. It's a compelling story of being lost in a wood in midlife, an exploration of ambition and values, and an intense tale of adulterous passion. Narrator David Costabile does almost everything needed here well, most especially delivering the highly charged... Read More

WHO LET THE GODS OUT?

WHO LET THE GODS OUT?

by Maz Evans | Read by Maz Evans

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Maz Evans takes on the narration of her audiobook with verve. The adventure intertwines the present day with ancient times. As the story unfolds, 12-year-old Elliott Hooper is struggling to care for his mother and to hold on to the family farm. His life becomes even more complicated with the arrival of a Greek goddess who is delivering ambrosia to a prisoner of the gods who is... Read More

THE WHOLE WAY HOME

THE WHOLE WAY HOME

by Sarah Creech | Read by Johanna Parker, Don Hagen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Johanna Parker takes the lead in this sprawling love story set amid the country music industry. Jo Lover and J.D. Gunn began making music together when they were 10-year-olds growing up in Appalachia. The audiobook unfolds through scenes of old and new romances, as well as professional dreams realized and forgotten. Using a light Southern accent, Parker moves easily... Read More

WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE

WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Wright | Read by Fred Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With his pleasing voice tone and sensitivity to the author's intentions, Fred Sanders's gentle but compelling performance shows how an actor's skill can make a complex book a joy to hear. His lack of self-consciousness is perfect for the author's humble and personable writing. Wright is captivated by Buddhism's focus on meditation, disengagement from attachments, and honesty... Read More

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen | Read by Julia Whelan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julia Whelan voices damaged people whose lives tangle together in a web that leaves the listener often doubting the veracity of the main character. Said listener needs to be prepared to set aside assumptions and attend carefully in order to follow the twists and turns, and to be patient as the authors slowly unfold backstories and truths that bring us to the present.... Read More

WILD BIRD

WILD BIRD

Earphones Award Winner

by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Alex McKenna

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Alex McKenna depicts the transformation of Wren Clemens, a 14-year-old teen who is sent to wilderness therapy camp. McKenna, nimbly navigating this complex protagonist, highlights Wren's faults and strengths with tones of misery, regret, resilience, and grace. Wren comes to life as McKenna vocalizes the teenage girl's search for the self she has left behind. With a... Read More

WILD HORSE SPRINGS

WILD HORSE SPRINGS Ransom Canyon, Book 5

by Jodi Thomas | Read by Julia Gibson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

A surfeit of characters and plotlines waters down this audiobook, which contains three separate romance plots (midlife romance, teenage crush rekindled, hero with a tortured past) and a suspense subplot that feels thrown in as a way to tie all the characters together. Narrator Julia Gibson works hard to make all the characters sound distinct, but this results in some odd... Read More

WILD THINGS

WILD THINGS The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

Earphones Award Winner

by Bruce Handy | Read by Bruce Handy

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners with even a passing interest in children's literature will enjoy this audiobook. Bruce Handy, author and narrator, has a style that is conversational, erudite, and humorous. His audiobook features observations and background information on books by classic writers, including Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, and E.B. White. When he's quoting his subjects, he captures the... Read More

WILDE IN LOVE

WILDE IN LOVE The Wildes of Lindow Castle, Book 1

by Eloisa James | Read by Susan Duerden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Susan Duerden's modulated British voice brings to life Lord Alaric Wilde and Miss Willa Fynche. Willa's façade of a proper young lady is captured in Duerden's enunciation while her huskier tones accentuate Alaric's privileged background and education. The story begins when Alaric, returning home, finds himself saddled with a notorious reputation instead of being seen... Read More

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Earphones Award Winner

by Kenneth Grahame | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Award-winning narrator Simon Vance has the perfect English accent for this 1908 classic featuring four anthropomorphized friends: Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Vance's character voices are gently nuanced--discernible without distracting from the considerable descriptive prose that embellishes this tale of friendship and adventure along the riverbank at edge of the Wild Wood. He... Read More

THE WINDFALL

THE WINDFALL

by Diksha Basu | Read by Soneela Nankani

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Soneela Nankani's quick, sardonic narration lovingly channels the outlandish and often comedic mishaps that befall the newly wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Jha in India as they rise from their middle-class roots and settle in the extravagantly wealthy city of Gurgaon. Nankani's tone is that of a raised eyebrow as the Jhas get caught up in trying to keep up with the quirks and curiosities... Read More

WINDSWEPT 1

WINDSWEPT 1

by Adam Rakunas | Read by Nanette Savard and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Science Fiction

Narrator Nanette Savard leads a full cast in this exciting adaptation of Adam Rakunas's debut novel. Savard rounds out the story's lead character, Padma Mehta, giving the tough, driven, damaged union organizer an emotional depth and exciting vibrancy. Savard also directs the excellent cast in beautifully paced passages of dialogue, keeping the action high and the story moving... Read More

WINE. ALL THE TIME.

WINE. ALL THE TIME. The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking

by Marissa A. Ross | Read by Marissa A. Ross

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Marissa A. Ross narrates this casual manual for confident wine drinking with the assurance of a stand-up comedian and the knowledge of a true devotee. Ross, wine writer for BON APPTIT magazine, puts her previous career as a comedy writer to good use in her irreverent audiobook on all things wine. As narrator, Ross has great timing, a potty mouth, and a sincere love for rosés,... Read More

THE WINGS OF THE DOVE

THE WINGS OF THE DOVE

by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

The melodic quality of Henry James's prose is even more so as Juliet Stevenson narrates. Kate Croy, a British beauty without means of her own, and Milly Theale, a wealthy American with no living family, are an interesting pair of opposites. They soon find themselves in the midst of a tragic romantic triangle. Stevenson is masterful in guiding the listener through what could be... Read More

WINTERSONG

WINTERSONG

by S. Jae-Jones | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

This dark paranormal fantasy is brought to life through Eva Kaminsky's vehement, brassy tones. The layered story is told from the viewpoint of Liesl, a young woman who has a confusing, dangerous relationship with the Goblin King. Kaminsky fully embodies Liesl, who is filled with yearning and determination, and portrays many other human and goblin characters who run the gamut... Read More

WIRED

WIRED Nick Buchanan, Book 13

by Julie Garwood | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

FBI agent Liam Scott has a leak in his department, and he needs the help of expert hacker Allison Trent to track down the problem. Allison is a strong, intelligent woman, and narrator Saskia Maarleveld brings her to life. Maarleveld gives each character a distinctive voice, especially Liam, who has a faint Australian accent. She transports the listener as Allison and Liam's... Read More

WISHTREE

WISHTREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Katherine Applegate | Read by Nancy Linari

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

It's easy to suspend disbelief with Nancy Linari's animated reading of this story. She quickly engages listeners with the authoritative viewpoint of Red, an oak tree who knows the habits of the many animals she shelters. Linari is equally successful in voicing the tenderness Red has for the humans who hang wishes from her branches. Linari marks Red's concern when Muslims move... Read More

THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK

THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK

by Ami McKay | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Julia Whelan's glorious narration of Ami McKay's dark tale about witches in late-nineteenth-century New York keeps listeners engaged through a long, lumbering plot. Whelan's delightful Dearlies (dream sprites), her precocious raven, and other nonhuman characters lend an air of whimsy and playfulness to a disturbing story of misogyny and mysticism. She evokes chills with her... Read More

WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert K. Tanenbaum | Read by Peter Berkrot

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Berkrot handles this timely, well-written police procedural and courtroom thriller about racism amid police departments and the world at large. Butch Karp is the district attorney of New York City and an easy character to like. Listeners will appreciate Berkrot's deft use of pacing and accents to bring out the characters' personalities and emotions. He is... Read More

THE WIZARDS OF ONCE

THE WIZARDS OF ONCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Cressida Cowell | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

David Tennant's atmospheric narration reflects this dark and twisted tale. It's the story of Xar, son of the King of Wizards, who cannot even cast a spell. Also of Wish, a daughter of the queen of a warrior tribe that does not want magic in the land. But Wish has a magical object. Tennant creates a distinct voice for each of the characters. His reading of the witty dialogue and... Read More

THE WONDER OF BIRDS

THE WONDER OF BIRDS What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

by Jim Robbins | Read by Danny Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook delivers fascinating story after fascinating story about the science and biology of birds. Narrator Danny Campbell's approachable, slightly hoarse voice and conversational style match the material perfectly. He completely understands the author's sense of wonder--and the listener will feel it, too--at the complicated song of the chickadee, the innate and learned... Read More

THE WONDERLING

THE WONDERLING

Earphones Award Winner

by Mira Bartók | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Whatever your age, the adventures of part-human, part-animal Number 39 and Trinket in Mira Bartók's steampunk otherworld are captivating. Add Simon Vance's enthusiastic narration, and this is an audiobook to be cherished. The plot, which is unique while paying homage to DAVID COPPERFIELD, WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and other classics, sets our "groundlings," mild-mannered part-badger... Read More

THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO

THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature

by Bill Goldstein | Read by Bill Goldstein

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The year 1922 was a momentous one in modernist literature: It saw the publication of Joyce's ULYSSES, Eliot's WASTE LAND, and the first English translation of Proust. Those are intimidating works, but Bill Goldstein makes them approachable to listeners. As book editor for the NEW YORK TIMES, Goldstein is also a veteran of television and podcasts, so his tone is never academic.... Read More

THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

by Brendan Mathews | Read by Graham Halstead

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This cheerfully overstuffed audiobook is a lot of fun if you don't expect it to do anything it's not trying to do. The plot is in the style of a Depression-era comic strip or penny dreadful, never convincing but often entertaining (though a good editor wouldn't have hurt.) The setting is the New York of the 1939 World's Fair, and the cast of characters include jazz musicians,... Read More

THE WORLD REMADE

THE WORLD REMADE America in World War I

Earphones Award Winner

by G.J. Meyer | Read by Rob Shapiro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

G.J. Meyer's fascinating and controversial history of U.S. involvement in WWI is ably served by Rob Shapiro's fully engaged narration. Meyer, the author of many books, including a well-received 2006 examination of the war's effects on Europe, is a journalist rather than an historian. He has a great feel for plot and character study as well as a thought-provoking point of view... Read More

WRITING RADAR

WRITING RADAR Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

With conspiratorial enthusiasm, author Jack Gantos assures kids that they can write great stories--the secret is being a good listener, tuning in to all the interesting stuff happening in the world around you, and writing it down in a journal. Kids will find in Gantos a funny, inspiring, supportive, and confiding teacher. Gantos's passion and excitement are infectious as he... Read More

THE X-FILES: STOLEN LIVES

THE X-FILES: STOLEN LIVES The X-Files (Audible Original), Book 2

by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs [Adapt.] | Read by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and other familiar voices return for this sequel to THE X-FILES: COLD CASES. The production values remain high, with outstanding sound effects, editing, and voice acting. Anderson is once again the standout, and Duchovny, after a flat performance in the first installment, livens up and sounds more like the Fox Mulder of yore. Supporting cast... Read More

YEAR ONE

YEAR ONE Chronicles of The One, Book 1

by Nora Roberts | Read by Julia Whelan

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Nora Roberts's newest audiobook, narrated by Julia Whelan, involves a dystopian world in which technology has failed, good and evil fight for control, and a belief in magic reasserts itself. Whelan brings the cast of characters to life as they escape a world that is possibly in its death throes. In varied speech patterns, she portrays their determination and strength, yet their... Read More

THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE

THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE

by Sarah Ayoub | Read by Eloise Mignon, Tim Potter

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Five Australian teens in Year 12 at a private school are unwillingly thrown together and tasked with creating a yearbook. Narrators Eloise Mignon and Tim Potter successfully meet the challenge of making Charlie, Tammi, and Gillian (the girls) and Ryan and Matty (the boys) distinct as their story is told through their shifting points of view. Together, the narrators slowly... Read More

YORK

YORK The Shadow Cipher, Book 1

by Laura Ruby | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Adam Verner's spirited delivery is faultless for this combination of alternate history and love story set in New York City. In the late 1700s, the Morningstarr twins built ultra-modern buildings for the time. Before mysteriously disappearing, they left clues to finding a treasure hidden in their buildings. Verner ratchets up the excitement as contemporary twins Tess... Read More

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR

by Mitali Perkins | Read by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, N'Jameh Camara, Zehra Jane Naqvi

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Five narrators represent the alternating voices of three generations of women from South Asia. A chime separates different characters, settings, situations, and time periods beginning in 1970s, when two sisters immigrate to America. Tara's softness represents her artistic soul while Sonia's tone is sharper, especially when it comes to her evolving activism. Both slip facilely... Read More

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

by George Anders | Read by George Anders

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

George Anders reads his long refutation of the idea that liberal arts degrees are useless with amiable conviction. He makes his case systematically, sharing stories of people who turned years of studying subjects like literature and anthropology into interesting, surprising, sustainable careers. Anders doesn't just sound like he's defending the humanities and social sciences;... Read More

ZAPPED

ZAPPED From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light

by Bob Berman | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this wide-ranging survey of electromagnetic energy in all its forms, Berman provides historical detail on how we humans came up with the discoveries and conclusions that so enlighten (as it were) the modern era. Narrator Peter Ganim adds a smooth voice, authoritative and friendly at the same time, never stumbling over exotic names and technical phrases. Like any good... Read More

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