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THE UNCANNY EXPRESS: THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

THE UNCANNY EXPRESS: THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

by Kara LaReau | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Rosalyn Landor's meticulous and energetic narration sets the mood for a mystery-filled train trip. Sisters Jaundice and Kale Bland are whisked off by magician Magique (a.k.a. Aunt Shallot) to assist in her next evening of magic. Little do they know that they'll become detectives for the train's many mysteries, including the disappearance of Mademoiselle Magique herself. As the... Read More

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

by Jane Isay | Read by Joyce Bean

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The mature and fluid performance of narrator Joyce Bean is an excellent conduit for the author's personal stories, insights, and gently crafted advice about being a grandparent. The audiobook covers all aspects of a healthy relationship--playing with your grandchildren with more freedom than you had with your own children, moderating your advice-giving and healing breaches with... Read More

UNDERCOVER MAGIC

UNDERCOVER MAGIC Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie, Book 1

by Linsey Hall | Read by Laurel Schroeder

Bonnie Doon Press | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Living in a world in which magic must be hidden, Ana and Bree careen through Death Valley in their Jeep, using their magic to avoid malevolent creatures. Called Magical Unknowns, they hope to stay off the grid, but they forge a temporary alliance with the Magical Protectorate against their common enemy, a magic dealer who poisoned them. Narrator Laurel Schroeder has a... Read More

THE UNFORGOTTEN

THE UNFORGOTTEN

by Laura Powell | Read by Katy Sobey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In Laura Powell's unusual novel, a serial murderer stalks a quiet village in Cornwall, and the lives of its inhabitants, particularly that of teenaged Betty, are forever changed. Narrator Katy Sobey has a delightful British accent and a delivery that ranges from clipped to languid as the characters and pace of the text demand. Her breathy musings capture the insecurity Betty... Read More

UNIMAGINABLE

UNIMAGINABLE What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity

by Jeremiah J. Johnston | Read by Jeremiah J. Johnston

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Today, an increasing number of messages from academia and pop culture say that the world would be better without Christianity. New Testament scholar Johnston examines history to show what an atheistic world looks like, and it is ugly. Regrettably, this audio experience is more like attending a college lecture on the Christian worldview than engaging with this topic on a... Read More

THE UNMADE WORLD

THE UNMADE WORLD

by Steve Yarbrough | Read by Pete Bradbury

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Some audiobooks benefit from the vocal range and nuanced performance of a talented narrator. This novel is in that category. Pete Bradbury's delivery moves by turns from the character of American journalist Richard Brennan to the character of failed Polish businessman Bogdan Baranovski. The audiobook spans a decade and tells the sad story of the aftermath of the death of... Read More

UNMASKED

UNMASKED

by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Read by Derek Perkins, Andrew Lloyd Webber [Prologue and Epilogue]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the most successful musical theater artists of all time, provides listeners with a lengthy memoir that focuses mainly on his career up to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's original production. Blaming his verbosity, he hints at a potential second volume. While Lloyd Webber offhandedly narrates the brief prologue and epilogue, Derek Perkins skillfully... Read More

THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN

THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN

by Rebekah Crane | Read by Alana Kerr Collins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Alana Kerr Collins's narration is formal and fitting for an American who has woken up in an Irish hospital with amnesia and finds herself a stranger even to herself. Eighteen-year-old Clementine has no memory after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. She can't fathom seeing her father, whom she can't remember, so she assumes a new identity, fleeing the hospital with... Read More

UPWARD, INWARD, OUTWARD

UPWARD, INWARD, OUTWARD Love God, Love Yourself, Love Others

by Daniel Fusco | Read by Daniel Fusco

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Daniel Fusco's upbeat conversational tone invites listeners into a narrative about our relationship with God and the transformation that takes place inside us when we focus solely on Him. In a way that is similar to discussing life with a dear friend, Fusco presents his perspective with tenacity, wit, and brutal honesty, challenging his brothers and sisters in Christ to make it... Read More

VALIANT DUST

VALIANT DUST Breaker of Empires, Book 1

by Richard Baker | Read by Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

There's nothing like military science fiction to challenge a narrator. Take, for example, this first audiobook in the Breaker of Empires series. Its privileged protagonist, Sikander North, comes from the colony of Kashmir (think India), and he must battle to earn his place on the CSS HECTOR, an Aquilian Commonwealth (think Britain) starship. The HECTOR is assigned to protect an... Read More

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES 1983-1992

by Tina Brown | Read by Tina Brown

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Originally from Great Britain, Tina Brown, former editor of THE NEW YORKER and VANITY FAIR, offers a rather offhand, sluggish narration of these self-aggrandizing diary entries. The name-dropping diaries were kept within the span of her years at VANITY FAIR. Here, in all their glory, are the excessive and extravagant go-go 1980s, but this chronicling of expensive and expansive... Read More

VARINA

VARINA

by Charles Frazier | Read by Molly Parker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In a soft Southern accent, Molly Parker narrates Frazier's recent novel about the life and times of Varina, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Varina describes her life and times in a nonlinear manner, from the 1840s through the early 1900s, through flashbacks and memories. The dialogue flows into the narrative without shifts in tone or accent, making it difficult... Read More

VENTUREGIRLS

VENTUREGIRLS Raising Girls to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

by Cristal Glangchai | Read by Sandy Rustin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Dr. Cristal Glangchai, engineer, entrepreneur, and CEO of a tech startup, shares her recommendations for giving young girls the tools to pursue STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Engagingly narrated by Sandy Rustin, this audiobook is full of ideas, activities, and information. Rustin keeps listeners interested by adding depth to text that could conceivably overwhelm the... Read More

VICTORIOUS CENTURY

VICTORIOUS CENTURY The United Kingdom, 1800-1906

by David Cannadine | Read by Kris Dyer

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

In return for 25 hours of your life, this fine audiobook will give you all the background you need about Great Britain in the nineteenth century. Kris Dyer is an accomplished narrator, especially effective in holding together a history so long and so expansive. His accent is pure British, and pure nineteenth century. This audiobook is ideal for students and fans of Victorian... Read More

VISIONARY WOMEN

VISIONARY WOMEN How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

by Andrea Barnet | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Unburdened by traditional thinking and guided by intuitive insights, four women--Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters--reshaped the public's thinking on the environment, urban planning, primate behavior, and diet, respectively. This book offers clear and concise yet illuminating biographies of each. Cassandra Campbell offers an easy-on-the-ears reading.... Read More

VOTES FOR WOMEN!

VOTES FOR WOMEN! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

by Winifred Conkling | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

That the story told in this audiobook is one you think you know deprives it of none of its power. Winifred Conkling begins with 11-year-old Elizabeth Cady's dismay in 1826 at realizing that her father will see her as less lovable and valuable than a son no matter what she accomplishes. It ends 94 years later with the cliff-hanger passage of the 19th Amendment. The fascinating... Read More

WADE IN THE WATER

WADE IN THE WATER Poems

by Tracy K. Smith | Read by Tracy K. Smith

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Poet laureate Tracy Smith's steady and deliberate narration has a sort of automated-sounding rhythm that works. Her poetry collection addresses both contemporary and historical issues that the United States has faced and continues to face. In a slightly pleading tone and unhurried pace, Smith unfolds the disheartening experiences of an African-American soldier in the Civil War... Read More

WAITING FOR TOMORROW

WAITING FOR TOMORROW

by Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan [Trans.] | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

We hurt those we love the most--or so husband-and-wife Adam and Anita find out. Narrator Teri Schnaubelt pulls us into the story of how this married couple falls apart. In an arch and knowing manner, Schnaubelt moves back and forth between Adam and Anita smoothly, alternating between their points of view and taking us firmly into the world of the story with her confident... Read More

THE WAKE UP

THE WAKE UP

by Catherine Ryan Hyde | Read by Nick Podehl

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The quiet vulnerability of reserved cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte radiates through Nick Podehl's salt-of-the-earth performance. Aiden is not your typical hardened rancher, especially after he "wakes up" his latent ability to feel the emotions of the animals around him. At that point, he sets a new course for his life. Podehl's performance is a wonderful addition to this... Read More

WARLIGHT

WARLIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Ondaatje | Read by Steve West

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

London-born narrator Steve West effortlessly mixes tones of mystery, uncertain memory, sophistication, and innocence in Ondaatje's latest novel. The story features a 14-year-old boy whose parents suddenly disappear from his life when they take jobs in faraway Singapore after WWII, leaving him and his older sister in the care of some suspect but otherwise caring characters. Soon... Read More

WATCH ME

WATCH ME

by Jody Gehrman | Read by Jody Gehrman, Holter Graham

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jody Gehrman's mystery is just plain scary. Not only is she a clever writer, she's a terrific narrator as she performs the sections devoted to Kate Youngblood. Kate is a creative writing professor at a small Ohio college who isn't writing much these days. In addition, her ex is marrying a younger woman, and her best friend is pregnant. Gehrman makes it clear that Kate is... Read More

WATCH ON THE RHINE

WATCH ON THE RHINE

Earphones Award Winner

by Lillian Hellman | Read by Brychta Edita, Jonathan Cake, Heidi Dippold, Susannah Fielding, Lovensky Jean-Baptiste, Taj Jegaraj, Susan Sullivan, Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Matthew Wolf, Adam Wylie

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Set in Washington, DC, before the United States entered WWII, Lillian Hellman's incisive drama about national identity, personal freedom, and responsibility is fully realized by a talented, cohesive ensemble. After nearly 20 years, wealthy matriarch Fanny Farrelly welcomes the return of her daughter, Sarah, along with Sarah's German husband and children. The reunion is... Read More

THE WATERGATE

THE WATERGATE Inside America's Most Infamous Address

by Joseph Rodota | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

The Watergate, a multi-building site that includes a hotel, an office building, and an apartment complex, played a role in two presidential impeachment dramas. It was the site of the infamous Democratic headquarters break-in in 1972, and it was home to Monica Lewinsky in 1998. Narrator Bronson Pinchot delivers a low-key reading that lets this heady mixture of Washington gossip,... Read More

THE WATERS & THE WILD

THE WATERS & THE WILD

by DeSales Harrison | Read by Mark Deakins

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook offers a trifecta of strong writing, riveting mystery, and seasoned narrator. Mark Deakins lends his resonant baritone to first-time novelist DeSales Harrison's literary thriller. When Jessica Burke is found dead in her New York City apartment, everyone assumes it was an overdose. But psychoanalyst Daniel Abend, who treated Jessica for years, receives a package... Read More

WAYLON! EVEN MORE AWESOME

WAYLON! EVEN MORE AWESOME Waylon, Book 2

by Sara Pennypacker | Read by Christopher Gebauer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

For the second time, narrator Christopher Gebauer animates the character Waylon, a fourth grader who is sensitive and "science-y." The sequel begins soon after the first audiobook ends. Waylon is struggling to save "Dumpster Eddy," the stray dog he's come to love. To prevent Eddy from being sent to a distant shelter in just 10 days, Waylon enlists the help of his classmate,... Read More

WE STOOD UPON STARS

WE STOOD UPON STARS Finding God in Lost Places

Earphones Award Winner

by Roger W. Thompson | Read by John McLain

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Sometimes the lucky audiobook listener has every expectation met and exceeded. Narrator John McLain dazzles with his deadpan delivery of humor, of moments that tug on one's heartstrings, and of every emotion in between. A memoir of adventure stories delivers an adventure of its own as one hears about the author's dramatic life and wonders what could befall him next. As... Read More

THE WEIGHT OF AN INFINITE SKY

THE WEIGHT OF AN INFINITE SKY

by Carrie La Seur | Read by James Patrick Cronin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

James Patrick Cronin's talent as an actor comes to the forefront in narrating a novel that owes its plot to HAMLET. Set in Montana's ranch land and in Billings, the story is structured as a play--with scenes and acts rather than chapters. Cronin captures the deliberate dialogue of the taciturn ranchers and brings to life protagonist Anthony Fry's struggle to decide whether to... Read More

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? Essays

by Marilynne Robinson | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Carrington MacDuffie brings her vocal skills and narrative art to this remarkable collection of Robinson's essays--originally speeches given at various colleges and universities. MacDuffie's elegant intonation comes through in these challenging and thought-provoking works. Her clear delivery gives shape to the complex arguments and rewards the listener as the Pulitzer... Read More

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS

by Vesper Stamper | Read by Deborah Grausman, Vesper Stamper

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Deborah Grausman's youthful voice makes the story of 14-year-old Gerta Rausch all the more horrifying. Sheltered Gerta learns of her Jewish identity when Nazis capture her and her father in 1944. Grausman's emotional reading expresses Gerta's initial confusion, her tender feelings for her papa, and the comfort that music brings her. Musical interludes and Grausman's... Read More

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT CHARLIE OUTLAW

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT CHARLIE OUTLAW

by Leah Stewart | Read by Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karissa Vacker knocks it out of the park with this adventurous romance. A celebrity couple has broken up. Famous actor Charlie Outlaw departs for a remote island after publicly embarrassing himself during an interview, gets abducted during a hike, and must improvise to survive. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend, Josie Lamar, is dealing with her own break-up issues in L.A.... Read More

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTES

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTES The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History

by Matthew Restall | Read by Steven Crossley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Why is a British voice narrating the history of the Spanish conquest of Aztec Mexico? That's just one of the questions this fascinating revisionist history leaves behind. The author believes every other historian got it wrong, and that after 499 years he has the real story. But it's often hard to tell what he's getting at or exactly where the differences lie. Steven Crossley is... Read More

WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND

WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND

by A. J. Steiger | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's earnest, forceful alto voice captures the warring emotions and heightened stakes in Alvie Fitz's daily life. Between uncomfortable interactions with people who don't understand her, rewarding encounters with animals in her work, and a budding friendship with a promising stranger, Alvie's journey is complex, painful, and intense. Steiger blends... Read More

WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS

WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS Capturing the Carlisles, Book 2

by Anna Harrington | Read by Justine Eyre

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Justine Eyre's flawless delivery of this audiobook provides an engaging listen. Beautiful Annabelle Green and handsome, flirtatious Quinton Carlisle were once caught in a compromising situation. Now, six years later, when Belle must marry to save her beloved Glenarvon, she and Quinton must decide if love really can conquer all. Eyre excels at portraying the many accents of the... Read More

WHEN TO JUMP

WHEN TO JUMP If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want

by Mike Lewis, Sheryl Sandberg [Foreword] | Read by Mike Lewis, Sheryl Sandberg, Jeff Arch, Betsy Lewis, Nate Chambers, et al.

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Mike Lewis provides not so much a manual for radical career change as an array of examples and lessons from those who have made the jump to more fulfilling work. After an introduction by Sheryl Sandberg, known to LEAN IN readers for her move from Google to Facebook, Lewis and the others recount their own stories. This approach does two things: It adds a layer of... Read More

WHERE WE BELONG

WHERE WE BELONG

by Lynn Austin | Read by Mary Beth Light

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Inspirational Fiction

Listeners will enjoy Mary Beth Light's playful narration depicting two unusual sisters, Rebecca and Flora Haws. The story starts in Chicago in the late 1800s and ends up in the Sinai Desert. It's based on two real-life women who traveled to Mt. Sinai in search of an important biblical manuscript. Austin's novel is made even more captivating through Light's astute, nuanced... Read More

WHITE HOUSES

WHITE HOUSES

by Amy Bloom | Read by Tonya Cornelisse

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Amy Bloom's novelization of the romance between former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickok from the 1930s to 1962 highlights the spirit of their relationship. Hick's pragmatic personality and wry sense of humor, well portrayed by narrator Tonya Cornelisse, determine the production's point of view, pace, and tone. Eleanor's patrician elocution... Read More

THE WHITE MIRROR

THE WHITE MIRROR Li Du, Book 2

by Elsa Hart | Read by David Shih

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In the misty mountains of northern China during the Qing Dynasty, former imperial librarian Li Du discovers a monk dead on a snowy ledge. Painted around the seemingly self-inflicted wound on his chest is a white circle framed in gold and blue, an inauspicious symbol known as "the white mirror." Narrator David Shih gives Li Du a tempered, flat tone suitable for a man who knows... Read More

WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER?

WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER? Marvel

by Jesse J. Holland | Read by Ken Jackson and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Science Fiction

The GraphicAudio people outdid themselves with this story of T'Challa, the Black Panther, ruler of the hidden African nation of Wakanda. Narrator Ken Jackson knows how to build suspense, as does the rest of the cast, especially Zeke Alton, who plays the role of T'Challa with just the right touch of heroism and imperious attitude. The special effects are fantastic, but the real... Read More

WHY WE SLEEP

WHY WE SLEEP Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker | Read by Steve West

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Odds are that listeners will relate to Matthew Walker's call for better sleep; two-thirds of adults are getting too little of it. Narrator Steve West's British voice is as calm and relaxing as it's meant to be. The first part of the discussion covers sleep studies and compares humans to the animal kingdom. Then Walker shares his conclusions, establishing a link between... Read More

WHY YOU EAT WHAT YOU EAT

WHY YOU EAT WHAT YOU EAT The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food

by Rachel Herz | Read by Jo Anna Perrin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Herz explores the complex psychology behind food purchasing and consumption with both scholarship and humor. Sadly, narrator Jo Anna Perrin fails to convey the pleasure in this work of popular science. Her voice throughout the production is dry to the point of scratchiness, with minimal modulation in pitch or tone. Though the text features many humorous and pop culture... Read More

WICKED ATTRACTION

WICKED ATTRACTION Protector, Book 2

by Megan Hart | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld reintroduces Ewan Donahue and Nina Bronson from DANGEROUS PROMISE as they navigate their broken trust. Nina is back as Ewan's bodyguard, emotionally hesitant even if her heart and body won't forget what it's like to love him. But as increasing malfunctions in her enhanced abilities make it clear that she won't survive without desperately needed... Read More

THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL

THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL

Earphones Award Winner

by Sujata Massey | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Soneela Nankani's narration brings 1920s Bombay and Calcutta to life in the first of the Perveen Mistry mysteries. The first female solicitor in Bombay, Perveen works at her father's law firm. Asking questions about donations by the three widows of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner, she uncovers a plot to siphon funds. Nankani adopts a soft, uninflected tone for the... Read More

THE WIFE

THE WIFE A Novel of Psychological Suspense

Earphones Award Winner

by Alafair Burke | Read by Xe Sands

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Xe Sands gives us the flat, fragile voice of Angela, the damaged wife in this first-person psychological thriller. We meet a once-happy homemaker, or so it seems, who has put a horrifying past behind her but now watches the life she has achieved crumble when her husband is accused of being a sexual predator and murderer. Is Angela a reliable narrator? Is Jason guilty?... Read More

THE WIFE'S TALE

THE WIFE'S TALE A Personal History

by Aida Edemariam | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Adjoa Andoh expertly narrates the author's memoir of her grandmother's life, spanning twentieth-century Ethiopia. The narrative jumps between childbirth, politics, and religion, but any confusion is allayed by Andoh's many vocal inflections. In a setting where women's roles are limited (the "wife" here is Yetemegnu, who is 8 years old at her marriage), the rituals of home are... Read More

THE WILD ROBOT ESCAPES

THE WILD ROBOT ESCAPES

by Peter Brown | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

In this sequel to THE WILD ROBOT, robot Roz wakes up on a farm far from the wild island she calls home. The audiobook follows her adventures as she attempts to escape and reunite with her family and friends. Narrator Kathleen McInerney delivers the story with a smile in her voice, echoing the novel's tone, which remains gentle even as danger mounts. Roz's robotic voice... Read More

WILHELMINA GOES WANDERING

WILHELMINA GOES WANDERING

by John-Manuel Andriote | Read by LIa Frederick

John-Manuel Andriote | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lia Frederick deftly tells this tale based on a real-life Angus cow that wandered the Connecticut countryside for five months in 2011. On a hot July afternoon, 800-pound Wilhelmina, feeling uncomfortable and unloved by her owner, decides to join a nearby herd of deer. Frederick warmly renders Wilhelmina and her new companions' innocent voices as well as the picturesque... Read More

WINTER SISTERS

WINTER SISTERS

by Robin Oliveira | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tavia Gilbert narrates this disturbing audiobook rapidly, her voice fraught with tension and foreboding. The story focuses on the abduction of two young sisters after a freak blizzard in Albany and what happens when they suddenly reappear during a devastating rain- storm six weeks later. Gilbert animates and enhances characters who, with a less skilled narrator, might seem... Read More

WITHOUT PRECEDENT

WITHOUT PRECEDENT Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

by Joel Richard Paul | Read by Fred Sanders

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Fred Sanders recounts the life of Chief Justice John Marshall from his humble origins to his service in the Revolutionary War. Over the years, he served as a legislator, a diplomat, and a true champion of the Supreme Court as an institution. Sanders's narration highlights the intelligence and charisma of the judge, a federalist stalwart who had the remarkable ability... Read More

THE WIZARD AND THE PROPHET

THE WIZARD AND THE PROPHET Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World

by Charles C. Mann | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners follow the opposing environmental visions of two twentieth-century scientists who predicted what would happen to the human race in the next century. Narrator Bronson Pinchot energetically tackles the many theories discussed in the works of William Vogt and Norman Borlaug. Their work focused on food, water, energy, and climate change. The author details Vogt's dire... Read More

WIZARD FOR HIRE

WIZARD FOR HIRE

by Obert Skye | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Children

Kirby Heyborne narrates the story of Ozzy, a 14-year-old boy who has lived on his own since he was 7, when his parents were kidnapped. Now, with the help of a wizard whose ad he sees, he thinks he can, maybe, find them. The story follows Ozzy; his robotic-talking raven, Clark; and the self-proclaimed wizard, Rin, on a quest to find the answers Ozzy has been looking for his... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE WATER

THE WOMAN IN THE WATER Charles Lenox, Book 11

by Charles Finch | Read by James Langton

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this prequel novel, James Langton tempers the urbane British tone of famed detective Charles Lenox with a hint of naïveté, achieved through a periodic quaver. In London in 1850, Lenox is 23 years old and fresh on the scent of his first case, aided by his friend and valet, Graham. The game's afoot when a letter by an anonymous writer claiming to have committed the perfect... Read More

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Camille Pagán | Read by Amy McFadden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Amy McFadden emotionally narrates the story of a woman's struggle to find herself after her divorce. Maggie's husband of 30 years leaves her suddenly to find happiness with a younger woman. Maggie, whose children are grown, is left to mend herself as she spontaneously travels to Italy, romantically rebounds, and ultimately learns to love herself again after having put her... Read More

THE WOMAN LEFT BEHIND

THE WOMAN LEFT BEHIND

Earphones Award Winner

by Linda Howard | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In one day, Gina--code name "Babe"--goes from computer geek to drone operator in a non-military special forces unit. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld presents the horror and determination Gina feels as she drags herself through basic training and fights her attraction to team leader Levi "Ace" Butcher. Maarleveld delivers Gina's low Georgia drawl and Levi's curt commands with... Read More

THE WOMAN'S HOUR

THE WOMAN'S HOUR The Great Fight to Win the Vote

by Elaine Weiss | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Elaine Weiss [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

In her introduction, author Elaine Weiss frames a pivotal moment in the tumultuous saga of American women's suffrage in the early twentieth century. In 1920, Tennessee sits poised to become the majority state needed for federal ratification of the 19th amendment. Narrator Tavia Gilbert's portrayals of opposition activists, politicians, and proponents of universal voting rights... Read More

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT

by Frances Mayes | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When three women of a certain age meet on a tour of a North Carolina retirement village, where none of them wants to live, they form a deep bond and together make the surprising decision to rent a Tuscan villa. Narrator Kimberly Farr's lively performance adds a spark to this story of women's friendships and finding strength and happiness after loss. Her subtle Southern accents... Read More

THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER

THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry

Earphones Award Winner

by Clare Mulley | Read by Christa Lewis

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Christa Lewis delves into the story of Germany's pioneering women test pilots, Melitta von Stauffenberg and Hanna Reitsch. These women loved their country but were polar opposites in morality and personality. Driven by a love of flight, they were not deterred by its high risks. Flashy Hanna embraced Hitler's plan for Germany, while erudite Melitta tried to preserve her... Read More

WORDS ARE MY MATTER

WORDS ARE MY MATTER Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer's Week

by Ursula K. Le Guin | Read by Laural Merlington

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Laural Merlington provides a subtle and strong reading of these assorted nonfiction pieces by the late, great Ursula K. Le Guin. Though she's best known for her fantasy and science fiction, this audiobook is a treasure trove for listeners interested in Le Guin's incisive writings on literature, poetry, genre trappings, specific books, her fellow authors, and so much... Read More

A WORLD OF THREE ZEROS

A WORLD OF THREE ZEROS The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions

by Muhammad Yunus | Read by Dan Woren

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. To explain his formula for solving the problems of global wealth disparity and climate degradation, this audiobook needs the confidence and idealism that come across in Dan Woren's narration. His tonal and phrasing palette works well as Yunus, an activist Bangladeshi banker and economist, addresses global poverty through microlending... Read More

YOU GO FIRST

YOU GO FIRST

Earphones Award Winner

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Amielynn Abellera narrates the story of a tumultuous week in the lives of two middle schoolers. Deftly moving between their voices in alternating chapters, Abellera excels at capturing the nuanced emotions of Ben, age 11, and Charlotte, age 12, two smart kids who connect as long-distance online Scrabble competitors. Already facing middle school problems such as best friend... Read More

YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT

YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Curtis Sittenfeld | Read by Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This excellent collection of 10 short stories is insightful, smart, and funny, laying bare the petty concerns, inner thoughts, and vulnerabilities of their high-achieving protagonists. The two narrators, Emily Rankin and Mark Deakins, are a credit to the audiobook as they incorporate humorous touches where appropriate, even amid some of the more negative emotions on display.... Read More

YOUR GOD IS TOO GLORIOUS

YOUR GOD IS TOO GLORIOUS Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places

by Chad Bird | Read by Brandon Batchelar

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Chances are you're reading this amid an ordinary and mundane life. This very ordinariness excites God. Narrator Brandon Batchelar's steady, almost listless voice belies the excitement found in the truth that God works in and through everyone, despite their lack of fame. The audiobook is an odd contrast of glorious content and lackluster voice, but the listener will genuinely... Read More

ZEE BROTHERS: ZOMBIE SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

ZEE BROTHERS: ZOMBIE SCHOOL LOCKDOWN Zombie Exterminators, Book 2

by | Read by Ian McEuan

Grivante Press | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Ian McEuen repeats his stellar performance in this second episode of the horrors facing two not-so-hapless brothers, their sexy office assistant, her magic pup--and, in this episode, a zombie-infested grade school. There's plenty of shocking gore, often serving as moral comeuppance for the victims, who include the philandering and abusive principal and the school... Read More

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