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July 2022 Earphones Award Winners

The award is given by AudioFile to truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.



THE ANGEL OF ROME

THE ANGEL OF ROME

Earphones Award Winner

by Jess Walter | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Julia Whelan

Harper Audio
Fiction

This audiobook marks the convergence of two Golden Voice narrators with one of the country's finest fiction writers. Edoardo Ballerini and Julia Whelan narrate these empathic, witty, and finely wrought short stories. Whelan sparkles with her persuasive style, smooth tone, and practiced cadence. Her honey-coated voice is especially memorable in the ironic mode of "Mr. Voice" and... Read More

HORSE

HORSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Geraldine Brooks | Read by James Fouhey, Lisa Flanagan, Graham Halstead, Katherine Littrell, Michael Obiora

Penguin Audio
Historical Fiction

Five talented actors honor Geraldine Brooks's fine new historical novel with unique and complementary performances. Inspired by the actual record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, the story takes place in the 1850s, 1950, and 2019. James Fouhey gives the enslaved groom Jarret an affecting blend of defiance and devotion, and performs slave owners with a telling superiority.... Read More

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

Earphones Award Winner

by Elin Hilderbrand | Read by Erin Bennett

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Erin Bennett delivers this stellar beach read with a historical twist. The Hotel Nantucket was destroyed by fire in 1922; now a new, British owner has restored it. Lizbet, the general manager, who is coping with a broken heart, is determined that the extravagantly refurbished property will be successful. But listeners soon learn that a ghost is on the premises. While the hotel... Read More

THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT

THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT

Earphones Award Winner

by Ladee Hubbard | Read by Adenrele Ojo, JD Jackson

Harper Audio
Fiction

With ease, empathy, and knowing assurance, veteran narrators Adenrele Ojo and JD Jackson become the recurring characters in this dazzling collection of 13 stories. The short works examine the hopes and fears of the rising Black middle class located in a "sliver of Southern suburbia" in the 1990s/2000s. Fathers wanting better lives for their sons. Prodigal brothers returning... Read More

THE LAW

THE LAW

Earphones Award Winner

by Jim Butcher | Read by Jim Butcher

Podium Audio
Fantasy

Author Jim Butcher made the right choice in performing his latest work himself. It's a masterpiece. He said that his usual narrator, James Marsters, has nothing to fear, but Butcher's first attempt at narration is an unqualified success. He has a great speaking voice and truly relates to his characters. The emotion he puts into the work comes across in the wide variety of... Read More

OUT OF EGYPT

OUT OF EGYPT

Earphones Award Winner

by André Aciman | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Macmillan Audio
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini immerses listeners in a lost world with this memoir. In a melancholy tone, he captures the author's longing for his boyhood home in cosmopolitan Alexandria, Egypt. He masterfully portrays the characters, especially his quirky grandmothers--one dubbed the saint and the other the princess--and ensures that the other members of his lively Sephardic... Read More

PRINCIPLES FOR DEALING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD ORDER

PRINCIPLES FOR DEALING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD ORDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Ray Dallo | Read by Jeremy Bobb, Ray Dallo

Simon & Schuster Audio
Business & Finance

After Ray Dalio presents his introduction and first chapter with believable authority, American actor Jeremy Bobb performs the balance of this sweeping history of civilization with exceptional fidelity to the author's thinking. Bobb's muscular vocal tone and relaxed pacing convey deep confidence in the economic and social trends the author describes. Along with his consistently... Read More

RIVER OF THE GODS

RIVER OF THE GODS

Earphones Award Winner

by Candice Millard | Read by Paul Michael

Random House Audio
History

For lovers of true adventure, few audiobooks will have the impact of this history of the British search for the source of the Nile River in the mid-1800s. Narrator Paul Michael's rich, expressive voice animates a compelling and impressively researched narrative full of action and heartache. Advancing into the unknown interior of Africa--unknown to Europeans, that is--the... Read More

TEN TOMATOES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

TEN TOMATOES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by William Alexander | Read by Paul Bellantoni

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Paul Bellantoni's lively delivery breathes oxygen into an already quite lively and information-packed audiobook. Relatively new to listeners, Bellantoni easily assumes the author's persona of earnest investigator, lifting the veil of legend to pinpoint the exact biological truth. Despite the teaser title and the jocular tone that underlies much of the narrative, tomato... Read More

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