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AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION

AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION American Women War Correspondents in World War I

Earphones Award Winner

by Chris Dubbs | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook fills a major gap in the history of war correspondents during WWI, and Bernadette Dunne offers a narration that matches its importance. That's not to say she presents a pompous, overly inflated effort; rather, she matches her tone and pacing to fit the text, keeping the narrative flowing and listeners engaged. For example, her voice is even during much of the... Read More

UNTAMED SHORE

UNTAMED SHORE

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Maria Liatis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Maria Liatis captures the youthful innocence and frustrations of a teenage girl trapped in a dying Baja town in this new audiobook. Viridiana is named after a movie star, but she finds herself condemned to spend time acting as a translator and tourist guide. When a writer, his wife, and her brother come to town, Viridiana ends up as both their translator and a pawn in... Read More

UNVARNISHED

UNVARNISHED A Gimlet-eyed Look at Life Behind the Bar

by Eric Alperin, Deborah Stoll | Read by Eric Alperin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Coauthor Eric Alperin narrates as he shares his path to, and the intricacies of, opening a bar in Los Angeles. Alperin's voice is dry and smooth, like one of the high-quality spirits served in his cocktail bar, The Varnish. While uneven sound quality may distract some listeners, even pacing keeps one interested as Alperin, who originally aspired to be an actor, shares tales... Read More

UNYIELDING HOPE

UNYIELDING HOPE When Hope Calls, Book 1

by Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan | Read by Nancy Peterson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Nancy Peterson brings listeners to the idyllic Canadian prairie with this audiobook companion to the Hallmark show "When Hope Calls." Adoptee Lillian Walsh rejoices to discover that her birth sister, Grace, is alive. Peterson smoothly reunites Lillian and Grace and gives them a shared mission, helping to place other orphan children in good homes. The plight of the... Read More

UPLIFTING STORIES

UPLIFTING STORIES True Tales to Inspire You to Take Action

by Ione Butler | Read by Ione Butler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The stories in this remarkable audiobook are about the best in humanity: our desire for connection with others, our determination to pursue dreams, and our generosity in serving others or a greater good of some kind. The author/narrator offers these stories as a model for our higher angels to follow, a remedy for the pernicious news and argumentative social climate that... Read More

UTOPIA AVENUE

UTOPIA AVENUE

by David Mitchell | Read by Ralph Lister

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ralph Lister exuberantly conveys the psychedelic music scene of 1967-68. Mitchell's novel features a British band called Utopia Avenue as growing success takes its members from modest venues to arenas. Listeners will breathlessly accompany the awestruck group as they stay at the fabled Chelsea Hotel in New York City and meet big stars, including Janis Joplin and Jerry... Read More

VALENTINE

VALENTINE

by Elizabeth Wetmore | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Cassandra Campbell and Jenna Lamia portray protagonists recovering from a horrific crime perpetrated upon the women of a Texas oil town in the 1970s. Wetmore's story of racial inequity, class prejudice, and violence illuminates this time and place. Campbell and Lamia deftly trade points of view as the brutal details unfold. The repercussions of an attack on a Hispanic... Read More

THE VANISHING HALF

THE VANISHING HALF

by Brit Bennett | Read by Shayna Small

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Shayna Small's affecting performance brings listeners into the complex world of African-American identical twins. As teens in the postwar years in Louisiana, they run away from home, choosing two very different paths. Stella, taking advantage of a white businessman's attentions, opts to pass as white, erasing all connections to her birth family. Desiree, however,... Read More

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY Vera Kelly, Book 2

by Rosalie Knecht | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers gives a low-voiced, pitch-perfect narration of this character-driven mystery set in the 1960s. Vera Kelly is going through a rough patch after losing her girlfriend and her job in the same week. She decides to open her own P.I. firm, and her first case involves the missing child of Dominican exiles. Vera's search leads her through the New York City foster care... Read More

VERONA COMICS

VERONA COMICS

by Jennifer Dugan | Read by Michael Crouch, Taylor Meskimen, Rebecca Soler

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Strong emotional performances take center stage in this tragic YA romance with fresh takes on fluid sexuality and mental health. The age-old tale of star-crossed lovers finds a quirky new home when commercial mega-chain The Geekery, owned by Ridley's father, sets its sights on the indie shop Verona Comics, owned by Jubilee's stepmom. Narrator Taylor Meskimen voices Jubilee, a... Read More

VIAL THINGS

VIAL THINGS Resurrectionist, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Leah Clifford | Read by Aaron Landon, Katie Koster

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Aaron Landon and Katie Koster masterfully narrate a paranormal fantasy in which death isn't permanent. Allie is a young resurrectionist capable of reviving the recently dead with a unique genetic mutation in her blood. When someone begins hunting resurrectionists and preventing their revivals, Allie must rely on an unlikely partner--a homeless boy named Ploy. Koster imbues... Read More

THE VOTING BOOTH

THE VOTING BOOTH

by Brandy Colbert | Read by Robin Eller, Cary Hite

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

The events of this audiobook unfold over the course of a single election day as two Black teens vote for the first time. Robin Eller voices Marva, who is first in line at her polling place. She meets Duke, voiced by Cary Hite, when the poll workers can't find Duke's name on the registration list. Making sure his vote gets counted leads them on a long and winding journey during... Read More

WARLOCK HOLMES 4

WARLOCK HOLMES 4 The Sign of Nine

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

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Scott McCormick's droll narration captures the tone of the fourth zany adventure of Warlock Holmes. Warlock, the not-so-smart, bumbling, demon-wielding brother of Sherlock and Mycroft, is back at his most deductive, along with the bloodsucking, vampiric Inspector Vladislav Lestrade. McCormick captures Watson's reasoning, no matter how irrational or drug addled. In contrast,... Read More

WASHINGTON'S END

WASHINGTON'S END The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle

by Jonathan Horn | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Arthur Morey's narration qualities are especially valuable here, where the narrative lacks a sustained thread. Historians rarely place much emphasis on the later years of George Washington. The American Cincinnatus turned his back on power and returned to his farm. But in the tone of a close confidant, Morey shares a history more like that of the later Michael Corleone, who... Read More

WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Torres Sanchez | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Marisa Blake portrays the cruelty and menace of Rey, a gang leader in Guatemala. Blake's depiction of the terror he evokes in three teens who flee him is heartbreaking. The story is told in alternating chapters by Pequena and Pulga. Pequena was raped by Rey and bore a son she can't stand to care for. Her cousin, Pulga, and his best friend, Chico, witnessed Rey murder a... Read More

WEIRD BUT NORMAL

WEIRD BUT NORMAL Essays on the Awkward, Uncomfortable, Surprisingly Regular Parts of Being Human

Earphones Award Winner

by Mia Mercado | Read by Mia Mercado

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Humorist Mia Mercado's debut collection of self-deprecating, insightful essays drawn from her personal experiences is a must-listen for anyone wondering if their perceived idiosyncrasies are "normal." Suitable pauses between essays transition listeners through sections dedicated to various modes of being that millennials will find relatable. Mercado's essays combine humor and... Read More

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

by Claire Swinarski | Read by Lisa Cordileone

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lisa Cordileone creates a youthful voice for 12-year-old Abby, who lives in northern Wisconsin, where she helps run a campground with her family. Sometimes business can be sparse, but with an eclipse taking place in the coming summer, all the sites are booked up. Abby looks forward to spending her time studying the stars and exploring books at the local library. Life... Read More

WHAT WE INHERIT

WHAT WE INHERIT A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers

by Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Read by Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Rotondi does well narrating her account of how the death of a family member in Vietnam affected three generations of her family. In March 1972, Rotondi's Uncle Jack went missing during a bombing run in Laos. Rotondi's account of how her family searched for any information about what happened to him is a testament to determination. This reviewer had a family member who died in... Read More

WHEN MORNING COMES

WHEN MORNING COMES

by Arushi Raina | Read by Jamie Bloch, John Fleming, Patience Mpumiwana, Tony Ofori

ECW Press | Unabridged
Young Adult

A privileged Johannesburg student falls head over heels for a girl from the other side of town. The only problem is that she is Black and he is white and they live in apartheid-torn South Africa in 1976. Contributing a spot-on South African accent, narrator Patience Mpumiwana leads a quartet of fresh voices in providing distinct characters, clarity, and cultural grounding for... Read More

WHEN THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A SCARY PLACE

WHEN THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A SCARY PLACE Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids

by Abigail Gewirtz | Read by Robin Miles

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Robin Miles's performance channels the type of wise and nurturing voice you'd expect to hear from a child psychologist who aims to help kids deal with today's tumultuous world. With phrasing clarity that is at once relaxed and focused, she sounds like a teacher or care provider parents want to learn from. And the author doesn't disappoint with her accessible lesson on how... Read More

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND Kingdom of Cards, Book 1

by Janella Angeles | Read by Imani Jade Powers, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrators Imani Jade Powers and Steve West team up to deliver an emotionally engrossing performance of this YA fantasy. In a city brimming with magic, a new headliner must be found through a competition of magical feats. The narrators do an excellent job portraying Kallia, Jack, and Daron's individual personalities and character traits. Especially noteworthy is West's delivery... Read More

WHEREVER I GO

WHEREVER I GO

by Mary Wagley Copp | Read by Charon Normand-Widmer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Charon Normand-Widmer energetically narrates this story of life in a refugee camp for one imaginative little girl. Abia moves through her daily routine in Ethiopia's Shimelba Camp picturing herself a queen: strong and clever and gentle, as needed. Normand-Widmer's rich and resonant voice expresses Abia's delightful self-confidence in her current circumstances and her uneasiness... Read More

WHICH WAY IS HOME?

WHICH WAY IS HOME?

by Maria Kiely | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will easily imagine themselves on a dangerous journey with 11-year-old Anna, as she, her mother, and her older sister flee Czechoslovakia after the 1948 Communist takeover. Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya skillfully delivers a range of accents and Czech names and phrases. Based on the author's own family history, this audiobook describes in riveting detail the family's... Read More

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED A Remarkable Story of Courage and Friendship in WWII

Earphones Award Winner

by Nathaniel Lande | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Bronson Pinchot's range of accents is put to the test in this work of historical fiction set during WWII. While most of Pinchot's narration takes the perspective of a boy living in Prague, the point of view changes and moves all over Europe. At no point will listeners question who is speaking to whom or where that person is from. Pinchot captures the oratorical tones... Read More

WHY BE HAPPY?

WHY BE HAPPY? The Japanese Way of Acceptance

by Scott Haas | Read by Gary Furlong

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Gary Furlong enthusiastically delivers this advice on how we can reduce our stress and overreactivity and be happy by adopting aspects of the Japanese way of life. Furlong's authentic pronunciation of Japanese words brings persuasiveness to his discussion of how Japan's attitudes about the relationship between self and the community, along with social rules and... Read More

WHY WE DRIVE

WHY WE DRIVE Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road

by Matthew B. Crawford | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ron Butler's narration of this meditation on the meaning of driving takes listeners by the lapels and gently shakes their preconceived notions. His smoothly instructive and carefully paced rendition of this audiobook gives life to this examination of the assumption that a problem's technological solution--whether it's cameras on street lights, autonomous autos, or smart... Read More

WIFE STALKER

WIFE STALKER

by Liv Constantine | Read by Julia Whelan, Meghan Wolf

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two narrators voice strong-willed women facing off in this zippy thriller. Meghan Wolf sounds earnest and youthful as Piper Reynard, a woman running from her past by opening a wellness spa in Connecticut. She quickly finds love with Leo Drakos, much to the dismay of his wife, Joanna, who finds their family life suddenly ripped apart. Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan gives... Read More

WILMINGTON'S LIE

WILMINGTON'S LIE The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

by David Zucchino | Read by Victor Bevine

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Victor Bevine confidently guides listeners through a little-known period of American history with obvious parallels to current concerns about racism and white supremacy. In November 1898, the relatively integrated port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was set ablaze by white supremacists seeking to terrorize Black citizens and overthrow the elected government.... Read More

WISDOM FROM A HUMBLE JELLYFISH

WISDOM FROM A HUMBLE JELLYFISH And Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature

by Rani Shah | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Soneela Nankani brings lightness to this meditation on what we can learn about creating a more balanced life from creatures in the world around us. Sounding amused and engaged, Nankani highlights the audiobook's interesting facts: Did you know jellyfish cannot move forward unless they relax and that some shrimp can sound off in oversized ways? Happily, she avoids... Read More

A WISH IN THE DARK

A WISH IN THE DARK

by Christina Soontornvat | Read by Greta Jung

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Korean-American narrator Greta Jung vividly brings to life the rich dystopian Thai setting of this fantasy twist on LES MISRABLES. At age 9, orphaned Pong escapes from Namwon Prison, where he was born. But his life as a fugitive is complicated when the prison warden's privileged daughter, Nok, makes it her mission to recapture him to win favor with the autocratic governor. As... Read More

A WOMAN ALONE

A WOMAN ALONE

by Nina Laurin | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chloe Cannon narrates this domestic thriller with impeccable pacing and a perfect mix of disbelief, fear, and desperation. After a violent encounter, Cecelia and Scott Holmes move into a Smart Tech home. The house keeps them safe in all manner of ways--from providing high-tech security to selecting educational programs for their 3-year-old daughter's tablet. Everything should... Read More

THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS

THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

by Katherine Sharp Landdeck | Read by Gabra Zackman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

During WWII, more than a thousand American women aviators ferried planes across the U.S. from factories to military locations. Narrator Gabra Zackman employs an unpretentious voice that is suitable for this account of ordinary women who were committed to doing extraordinary things in their time. Zackman adds a touch of flair when describing Jacqueline Cochran, one of the two... Read More

WOMEN'S WAR

WOMEN'S WAR Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War

by Stephanie McCurry | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Teri Schnaubelt gives a brisk and energetic narration of this look at the role of women in the American Civil War. McCurry notes how women, free and enslaved, Northern and Southern, were active participants in furthering the goals of whatever side they supported. The challenge of how to deal with supposed noncombatants/civilians has always been a part of warfare and leads to... Read More

WRONG TURN

WRONG TURN Roadtripping, Book 2

by Samantha Chase | Read by C.J. Bloom

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator C.J. Bloom's voice drips with the exasperation that Chelsea Cooper feels for Drew Russo at the beginning of this audiobook. Chelsea and Drew are thrown together when their best friends, Bianca and Jimmy, fall in love and elope. Drew is given the job of keeping Chelsea from crashing the wedding. This results in a road trip. Bianca is quite obnoxious, and Bloom portrays... Read More

WUHAN DIARY

WUHAN DIARY Dispatches from a Quarantined City

Earphones Award Winner

by Fang Fang, Michael Berry [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Emily Woo Zeller's melodious voice, clear diction, and thoughtful pacing shape these dispatches from the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. She emulates Fang Fang's tone whether she discusses daily life, takes officials to task for an insufficient response to the pandemic, or vigorously defends herself from the Internet trolls and ultra-leftists who attack her. Novelist Fang... Read More

THE YEAR 1000

THE YEAR 1000 When Explorers Connected the World- and Globalization Began

by Valerie Hansen | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Cynthia Farrell's approach to this serious subject is lighter than one might expect. Sometime around the year 1000, Norsemen (and a few women) crossed from Greenland to what is now Canada. This audiobook marks that achievement as the first time goods and ideas could--at least, theoretically--travel around the world from the Americas to Europe, Africa, and Asia,... Read More

THE YEAR OF PERIL

THE YEAR OF PERIL America in 1942

by Tracy Campbell | Read by Paul Heitsch

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

"On the ground, by God, on the ground!" said FDR of planes destroyed at Pearl Harbor, and narrator Paul Heitsch's own voice mixes rage and regret, hitting each word as a distinct note. Thus, he presents the hinge year of 1942 with an agonizing uncertainty we have forgotten. Campbell shatters the sentimentality that has forgiven the Greatest Generation for segregating its... Read More

THE YIELD

THE YIELD

by Tara June Winch | Read by Tony Briggs

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Winch, a member of the Wiradjuri people of Australia, shares an epic story of the impact of colonialism on one Aboriginal family. Tony Briggs, himself Aboriginal, demands listeners' attention with an understated yet compelling narration. He smoothly weaves the indigenous language, defined in an accompanying PDF, into the story as he moves through time to trace the culture from... Read More

THE YOSEMITE

THE YOSEMITE

by John Muir | Read by Nick McArdle

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

There's never been a better time to indulge in John Muir's inspiring observations of California's most iconic wilderness. Crafted over the two years that Muir lived in a tiny cabin alongside Yosemite Creek, around 1870, the work was originally intended as a guidebook to what would become Yosemite National Park. Nick McArdle's understated narration is intoxicatingly relaxing. A... Read More

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN

by Leah Johnson | Read by Alaska Jackson

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will definitely want to cast their vote for Liz Lighty in this debut audiobook for teens. Narrator Alaska Jackson's relaxed, natural-sounding delivery makes Liz instantly relatable. She might not seem like prom queen material at her wealthy Indiana high school, but Liz is determined to win the crown because it comes with a scholarship that will ensure she can attend... Read More

YOURS IN SCANDAL

YOURS IN SCANDAL Man of the Year Series, Book 1

by Lauren Layne | Read by Jason Clarke, CJ Bloom

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Jason Clarke and CJ Bloom have fun with this sophisticated, funny story of a straightlaced hunk who happens to be the mayor of New York City. He meets and reluctantly falls for the reformed wild child and gorgeous daughter-in-hiding of his political rival, the governor. Sparks fly, and love is in the air, but secrets and politics make falling in love deliciously... Read More

ZEUS, DOG OF CHAOS

ZEUS, DOG OF CHAOS

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Zeus, the lovable hero of this humorous audiobook, is a service dog assigned to safeguard Madden, a boy with diabetes who just wants to play the tuba in his school band and be a regular kid. Telling the story from the dog's perspective, narrator Todd Haberkorn is spot-on voicing Zeus's thoughts--from hilarious interpretations of human words to astute observations of the... Read More

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