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  • THE NIGHT RAVEN

    THE NIGHT RAVEN Moonwind Mysteries, Book 1

    by Johan Rundberg, A.A. Prime [Trans.] | Read by Nina Yndis

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Nina Yndis establishes a determined voice for 12-year-old Mika, an orphan in 1880 Sweden who learns of a murder when a baby girl is dropped off at her orphanage in the middle of the night. Now Mika is determined to use her skills to help the local detective identify the killer of the baby's mother. Yndis captures Mika's emotions as she deals with the dire living... Read More

  • FALL

    FALL Detective Harriet Foster, Book 2

    by Tracy Clark | Read by Chanté McCormick

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this second audiobook featuring Detective Harriet Foster, a serial killer in Chicago is killing the city's aldermen. Narrator Chanté McCormick has a strong no-nonsense tone that suits the sharp detective, who has recently lost her son in a senseless murder. McCormick also creates appropriate voices for the various other police officers and for the murder suspect. McCormick's... Read More

  • THE BAD WEATHER FRIEND

    THE BAD WEATHER FRIEND

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Ray Chase

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Ray Chase performs an unusual story of good versus evil centered on the nicest man in the world. Benny Catspaw is a nice guy who can't hold a negative thought in his head--to his detriment. But then his life starts falling apart, and a large crate arrives containing a seven-foot-tall "bad weather friend." Chase's portrayal suits the jaunty character well, shifting between... Read More

  • WHEN SHE LEFT

    WHEN SHE LEFT

    by E.A. Aymar | Read by Janine Granda

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Janine Granda narrates this thriller about a woman and her lover who are on the run from a violent mob family. Melissa and Jake are struggling to keep one step ahead of Lucky Wilson, an assassin with a wealth of emotional problems and a mandate to bring Melissa back to her ex-boyfriend, the mob boss. A bizarre mix of assassins and mob associates await around every corner.... Read More

  • THE IMPROBABLE MEET-CUTE

    THE IMPROBABLE MEET-CUTE

    by Christina Lauren, Abby Jimenez, Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, Ashley Poston, Sariah Wilson | Read by Marli Watson, Andrew Gibson, Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber, Bailey Carr, Aure Nash, Amy McFadden, Jesse Vilinsky

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    These six funny, tender, and romantic stories, full of promising beginnings and well-developed characters, are performed by eight talented narrators. Christina Lauren's meet-cute is a strong start to the collection. A high schooler accidentally emails another student instead of a teacher and begins a correspondence tradition on Valentine's Day. Marli Watson and Andrew Gibson... Read More

  • SALT & BROOM

    SALT & BROOM

    by Sharon Lynn Fisher | Read by Tim Bruce, Elizabeth Bower

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In a reimagining of JANE EYRE, listeners are taken to seemingly haunted Thornfield Hall. Hoping to rid the manor of its curse, Edward Rochester requests that a Lowood Witch make a visit, though he's skeptical of the witches' abilities. Jane Aire, now an instructor at Lowood, the same school for orphan girls where she was raised, is sent to investigate. Narrating the brief... Read More

  • THE LIES YOU WROTE

    THE LIES YOU WROTE Raisa Susanto, Book 1

    by Brianna Labuskes | Read by Caroline Hewitt

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This twisty tale challenges Caroline Hewitt to depict the panoply of colorful characters created by Labuskes. Raisa Susanto, one of the FBI's best forensic linguists, is assigned to investigate a recent murder that occurred 25 years to the day after a murder-suicide. Raisa and psychologist Callum Kilkenny use their skills to read between the lines of a case investigators... Read More

  • THE COURT OF SHADOWS

    THE COURT OF SHADOWS Vampyria Saga, Book 1

    by Victor Dixen, Françoise Bui [Trans.] | Read by Carlotta Brentan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In an alternate universe, King Louis XVI has become the first vampire and has now ruled for three centuries. Carlotta Brentan gives a spirited narration of this novel featuring Jeanne, a young commoner who is masquerading as an aristocrat to seek vengeance for the deaths of her family members. Commoners have no rights; they're just a source of blood for the vampires.... Read More

  • THE WITCH'S LENS

    THE WITCH'S LENS The Order of the Seven Stars, Book 1

    by Luanne G. Smith | Read by Gail Shalan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Gail Shalan narrates this fantastical novel set during WWI. It focuses on Petra, a witch who is hidden from the world until she is sought out to join a special group called upon to fight against evil. Shalan's voice is full of feeling. Her deliberate intonation and quick pace create anticipation and a sense of adventure. Beyond the fighting against monsters and other ghostly... Read More

  • OUTRAGEOUS

    OUTRAGEOUS A History of Showbiz and the Culture Wars

    by Kliph Nesteroff | Read by Kliph Nesteroff

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Cultural historian Kliph Nesteroff narrates his affected and opinionated treatise on the evolution of American cultural trends, especially how immediately succeeding generations find newer forms of entertainment to be outrageously without merit. It all adds up to a dry narrative. While maintaining an appropriate pace, Nesteroff's delivery is breathy and includes... Read More

  • FOUR STEPS TO THE PERFECT REVENGE

    FOUR STEPS TO THE PERFECT REVENGE

    by Lilian Monroe | Read by James Babson, Amy Hutchins

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    James Babson and Amy Hutchins are the perfect pair for this flirtatious rom-com. Ellie's reputation on small Fernley Island is damaged after her cheating ex-fiancé, Jason, sways public opinion in his favor. Ellie uses the island's odd jobs app to hire the local mechanic to assist in her plan to take Jason down for his many misdeeds. When the mechanic sends his nephew, Hugh,... Read More

  • TWO WOMEN WALK INTO A BAR

    TWO WOMEN WALK INTO A BAR

    by Cheryl Strayed | Read by Cheryl Strayed

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author Cheryl Strayed traces her emotions in both the text and narration of her short memoir, which revolves around the death of her mother-in-law, Joan. From the start, irony is emblematic of their relationship. Their first meeting is in a bar, where Strayed, a 27-year-old waitress, guesses--wrongly--which one of a trio of women is the mother of her boyfriend. She covers a lot... Read More

  • MAGIC

    MAGIC The Rainbow Chasers, Book 4

    by Tami Hoag | Read by Erin Bennett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Erin Bennett draws the listener into the relationship between Rachel Lindquist and parapsychologist Bryan Hennessy. After years of being estranged from her mother, Rachel returns home to find her mother suffering from Alzheimer's. Bryan is living in her home as he searches for a ghost. Bennett aptly portrays Addie's frustration with her memory loss and her hostility toward... Read More

  • THE LOST VAN GOGH

    THE LOST VAN GOGH

    by Jonathan Santlofer | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Edoardo Ballerini returns to narrate another art-heist adventure involving New York artist Luke Perrone and his girlfriend, Alexis Verde, daughter of a famous art thief. Luke and Alexis discover what may be the missing final self-portrait of Van Gogh hidden under another painting. But when it's stolen from them, they embark upon a harrowing trip to the Netherlands, followed by... Read More

  • THE HUNT

    THE HUNT

    by Kelly J. Ford | Read by Donna Postel, Bahni Turpin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Donna Postel and Bahni Turpin effectively complement each other in this mystery, especially as the tension mounts. In a Southern town, a local radio station has been hosting an annual hunt for their Golden Egg, with a big reward for the finder. Mysterious deaths have occurred ever since the launch of the hunt, with a growing group of citizens demanding that the hunt be stopped.... Read More

  • REDEMPTION

    REDEMPTION Eva "Lightning Dance" Duran, Book 1

    by Deborah J. Ledford | Read by Jennice Ontiveros

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Jennice Ontiveros's leisurely pacing allows room for this audiobook's expertly crafted ambiance to draw listeners into a Taos Pueblo murder mystery. The story draws from the real-world tragedies of opioid addiction and the decades-long disappearances of Native American women. The first audiobook of this hauntingly narrated new series features Native American Sheriff's Deputy... Read More

  • BEYOND THE DOOR OF NO RETURN

    BEYOND THE DOOR OF NO RETURN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by David Diop, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Dion Graham, Mark Bramhall, Adenrele Ojo, Caroline Hewitt

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Diop's love story/epic adventure, written with compassion and skill, is dramatized by a talented team of narrators. Mark Bramhall portrays Michel Adanson, a French Enlightenment-era botanist; Adenrele Ojo and Caroline Hewitt portray different members of his family and some friends. Adanson is on a mission to Africa to study plants for a comprehensive book. The Senegalese... Read More

  • THE BLUE MONSOON

    THE BLUE MONSOON Blue Mumbai, Book 2

    by Damyanti Biswas | Read by Sneha Mathan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Sneha Mathan is the perfect narrator for this exciting police procedural set in Mumbai. She uses her strong characterization skills to bring a wide cast to life. Listeners join Senior Inspector Arnav Singh Rajput as he is called to investigate an apparent ritual killing at a temple. The story is told from multiple viewpoints, which Mathan handles with ease, especially the... Read More

  • BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

    BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

    by Anna Biller | Read by Samantha Hydeson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Samantha Hydeson depicts Bluebeard's castle, its inhabitants, and its visitors in this unsuccessful attempt to lend a feminist slant to the original folktale. Listeners meet unhappy gothic novelist Judith Moore, who feels she'll never find the man of her dreams. Her life changes, however, after she meets a psychopath named Gavin, who is expertly portrayed. He has leading-man... Read More

  • THE HANGING CITY

    THE HANGING CITY

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Amy Bentley

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Amy Bentley leisurely narrates this magical audiobook full of intriguing world-building and a slow-burn romance. Lark ran away from her abusive father years ago. Still desperate to find a home, she hopes for sanctuary in Cagmar, the city of trolls. There, she reluctantly reveals her power to thrust fear into others, and the trolls are intrigued. Lark's voice is higher pitched,... Read More

  • CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY

    CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY The Sunshine Sisters, 1001 Dark Nights

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Alexander Cendese, Lynn Wright

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Alexander Cendese and Lynn Wright bring listeners back to Cape May, New Jersey, for a holiday romance. Jameson Franklin is asked to run his cousin's restaurant while he is away over the holiday season, and he ends up changing the popular casual place to a more upscale one, much to the dismay of florist Devon Pratt. Devon is fostering a mastiff and blackmails Jameson into... Read More

  • THE HARBOUR LIGHTS MYSTERY

    THE HARBOUR LIGHTS MYSTERY Shell House Detectives, Book 2

    by Emylia Hall | Read by Kate Rawson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Merriment turns to misgiving when a corpse transforms Christmas cheer into a season of speculation. Kate Rawson deftly narrates this atmospheric addition to the Shell House Detectives series. The spotlight is on all the residents of Mousehole when JP Sharpe, an unpopular chef, is found dead in a dingy. Rawson blends congeniality and solemnity in her portrayal of the town's... Read More

  • NOBODY NEEDS TO KNOW

    NOBODY NEEDS TO KNOW A Memoir

    by Pidgeon Pagonis, Joey Soloway [Intro.] | Read by Pidgeon Pagonis

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Pidgeon Pagonis's skillfully narrated memoir takes listeners on their coming-of-age journey as they struggled to fit in with other girls. Pidgeon's voice is calm and has a slight Latin accent. Along with typical disruptive changes during childhood, such as moving, parents separating, and new schools, there's also bladder surgery because of previous cancer when Pidgeon was too... Read More

  • A STORM OF INFINITE BEAUTY

    A STORM OF INFINITE BEAUTY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Julianne MacLean | Read by January LaVoy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    January LaVoy gives Canadian author Julianne MacLean's compelling historical novel an expert performance. Scarlett Fontaine was a Hollywood legend before her untimely death. Gwen Hollingsworth, a distant relative, is curator of a museum dedicated to Scarlett memorabilia. Photojournalist Peter Miller arrives at Gwen's museum with the goal of verifying that Scarlett was in... Read More

  • A FIRE AT THE EXHIBITION

    A FIRE AT THE EXHIBITION Lady Hardcastle, Book 10

    by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Once again, Lady Hardcastle and her loyal lady's maid, Flo, are delightfully voiced by Elizabeth Knowelden. The tenth installment in the series is set in the English village of Littleton Cotterell in 1912. This time, the pair juggle a case of art theft, a murder, and the financial downturn of dear friends. Knowelden's array of British accents is skilled, allowing the listener... Read More

  • THE LOVER

    THE LOVER

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Nina Yndis

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Nina Yndis narrates a bewitching short story about a girl named Judith, who longs for adventure and romance in her quiet life. Judith dreams of the world beyond her small village and resents having to work for her beautiful but cruel older sister. Listeners hear the thrill in Judith's voice when a handsome stranger comes to her village--and her devastation when he marries her... Read More

  • A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE

    A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE Chefs of the Five Gods, Book 1

    by Beth Cato | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    This audiobook has all the ingredients of an addictive fantasy: mysterious backstories, families torn apart by war, and true friendships that have stood the test of time. Elizabeth Knowelden's narration immerses listeners in a world of shadowy enemies, gods, and gifted chefs who use magical ingredients in food and wine to influence people. When Ada goes on the run from... Read More

  • FORTUNE

    FORTUNE

    by Ellen Won Steil | Read by Jane Oppenheimer, Jennifer Aquino, Lauren Ezzo, Emily Lawrence

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrators Jane Oppenheimer, Jennifer Aquino, Lauren Ezzo, and Emily Lawrence portray four women whose lives are thrown into turmoil. It all begins with the announcement of a genetic lottery to find the parents of a child who is at the center of a twenty-year-old murder. Cleo, Jemma, and Alex thought they had left their deepest secrets behind in the town of Rosemary Hills, Iowa.... Read More

  • THE RISE

    THE RISE A Short Story

    by Ian Rankin | Read by Indira Varma

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Indira Varma is the perfect match for this short mystery set in a prestigious apartment building in the center of London. When DS Gish and DI Milton are called in to investigate the murder of a young concierge, they soon find that the residents of the building are their only suspects. Varma creates believable and likable characters in the two detectives. She injects just the... Read More

  • START US UP

    START US UP Park Avenue Promise, Book 1

    by Lexi Blake | Read by Kitty Bang

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Kitty Bang draws the listener into the story of Ivy Jensen, who is returning home to New York after her tech company failed because she trusted someone she shouldn't have. Hoping to rebound, Ivy teams up with Heath Marino, who wants to turn his grandmother's success as a matchmaker into a new computer app. Bang brings a hint of Italy to Heath's Italian grandmother.... Read More

  • THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE

    THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE

    by William Dameron | Read by Will Damron

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Will Damron's passionate narration of this first novel adds additional layers of emotional depth as two men who were once married and had children discover they're gay. As Thomas and Matt's marriage creates a blended family, the two fathers have strained relationships with their complicated children. A plumbing disaster in their large apartment forces them all into a tiny... Read More

  • THE QUICKENING

    THE QUICKENING Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth

    by Elizabeth Rush | Read by Helen Laser

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Helen Laser narrates with a thoughtful style, a smart cadence, and an empathetic tone. Author/environmentalist Elizabeth Rush weaves three strands together: an ocean adventure; her life with 57 others on the NATHANIEL B. PALMER, a research vessel traveling to Antarctica; and her personal struggle over whether or not to have a child.The title has a dual meaning, implying both... Read More

  • CALYPSO'S GUEST

    CALYPSO'S GUEST A Short Story

    by Andrew Sean Greer | Read by Robert Petkoff

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Robert Petkoff combines a natural ease and a classical timbre to deliver this spare, poetic novella. It's about a man cursed with immortality who is exiled to a distant planet with only robots and agricultural equipment as his companions. He waits and waits. Finally, after 200 years, a spaceship crashes on the barren world with one survivor, who the man hopes might... Read More

  • SING, WILD BIRD, SING

    SING, WILD BIRD, SING

    by Jacqueline O'Mahony | Read by Aoife McMahon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Jacqueline O'Mahony takes listeners back to mid-nineteenth-century Ireland and the American West in this heartrending novel. Aoife McMahon's multifaceted narration brings this story of grief, resilience, and the burning desire to survive to life. Her melodious Irish accent tells the story of Honora, whose whole life has been a fight for survival that was foretold by a... Read More

  • THE STREET

    THE STREET

    by Susi Holliday | Read by Imogen Church

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When Anna and Peter leave London to start a new life in a gated community on the Scottish coast, their belief that they have found the perfect place is soon shattered. Imogen Church's stylish narration builds the tension in this unusual thriller as it soon becomes apparent that no one is who they appear to be. Her strong characterizations of both male and female characters... Read More

  • ROLE PLAYING

    ROLE PLAYING

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Cathy Yardley | Read by Chris Brinkley, Elyse Dinh

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Chris Brinkley and Elyse Dinh pair up for a delightful performance in this fresh nerdy romance. Maggie is 48 and a new empty nester who channels her emotions through an online role-playing game. She becomes close with her guild leader, a friendly healer named Aiden, but is shocked when they meet in person. Aiden isn’t the college-aged player Maggie thought—he’s a 50-year-old... Read More

  • LESBIAN LOVE STORY

    LESBIAN LOVE STORY A Memoir in Archives

    by Amelia Possanza | Read by Amelia Possanza

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author Amelia Possanza's conversational tone welcomes listeners to a topic that ranges from ancient Greece to modern times. She delves into archival records in search of lesbian history while also reflecting on her own. The connections Possanza develops with the complex women she researches are audible, by turns thoughtful, awed, and eager. These women include... Read More

  • THE SHELL HOUSE DETECTIVES

    THE SHELL HOUSE DETECTIVES Shell House Detectives, Book 1

    by Emylia Hall | Read by Kate Rawson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Kate Rawson's warm, flexible tones are perfect for introducing a new cozy mystery series featuring an unlikely pair of bighearted investigators. In a small village near Cornwall, Lewis, who was recently released from prison, jumps or is pushed off a cliff. Then local resident Helena goes missing. Ally, the widow of the town's beloved police sergeant, finds herself investigating... Read More

  • THE COACH TRIP

    THE COACH TRIP

    by Izzy Bromley | Read by Imogen Church

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Listening to Imogen Church narrate this story is an opportunity to spend a week on a guided bus tour up the coast of Scotland to Edinburgh. Listeners will also learn some history and connect with a dozen or so relatable characters. Thirty-something Emma and Mel find themselves on a road trip with Emma's grandmother and a dozen or so other senior citizens. Church adeptly... Read More

  • A SOUL OF ASH AND BLOOD

    A SOUL OF ASH AND BLOOD Blood and Ash, Book 5

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Read by Tim Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Tim Campbell returns to the role of Casteel Da'Neer in the fifth book in the Blood and Ash series. As Casteel's great love, Poppy, slips into a period of stasis to finalize her transformation into a Primal, Casteel guards her bedside. This time, Casteel tells his own version of how he met Poppy, complete with accounts of the internal and external battles he fought as... Read More

  • WE CAN BE HEROES

    WE CAN BE HEROES A Survivor's Story

    by Paul Burston | Read by Paul Burston

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Journalist Paul Burston narrates his memoir about growing up gay in South Wales, his transformation into an AIDS activist and author in London, and the establishment of Polari salon in 2007 and the first Polari Prize in 2011. Taking its title from a David Bowie song, the audiobook shows Burston's struggle to find acceptance of who he was and wanted to be. He doesn't apologize... Read More

  • WHAT NEVER HAPPENED

    WHAT NEVER HAPPENED

    by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Kristen Ariza

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The range exhibited in narrator Kristen Ariza's performance of this thriller is unparalleled. She shines at voicing Coco Weber's conflicting emotions as she escapes L.A. and returns home to remote Catalina Island. Her plan to start a new job at the local paper is interrupted by a string of suspicious deaths of the island's elderly land owners, deaths she believes may be... Read More

  • WOKE UP LIKE THIS

    WOKE UP LIKE THIS

    by Amy Lea, Mindy Kaling [Intro.] | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Natalie Naudus shines as she transports listeners to Maplewood, California, where we meet career-driven high school senior Charlotte Woo. Charlotte wants to create the perfect prom, but her plans go awry when she falls off a ladder right into the arms of her hunky archnemesis, J.T. Renner. Charlotte then wakes up at age 30 and finds herself in bed next to J.T. They soon learn... Read More

  • WHO FEARS DEATH

    WHO FEARS DEATH

    by Nnedi Okorafor | Read by Yetide Badaki

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Yetide Badaki anchors this fresh production of Okorafor's sprawling postapocalyptic fantasy with her heartfelt portrayal of a fierce, young heroine. Onyesonwu knows she's different; a mixed-race child born of rape, she's considered an outcast among her people. As her magical powers begin to reveal themselves, Onye discovers that she is destined to rewrite the story of violence... Read More

  • DON'T FORGET TO WRITE

    DON'T FORGET TO WRITE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sara Goodman Confino | Read by Helen Laser

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It's fun listening to narrator Helen Laser depict 20-year-old Marilyn's adventures while visiting her Great-Aunt Ada in 1960s Philadelphia. She's been sent there after being caught kissing the rabbi's son. Marilyn is no shrinking violet and can give as good as she gets--as can Ada, the queen of Philadelphia's Jewish matchmakers. She employs Marilyn to vet young Jewish men for... Read More

  • A KILLER'S GAME

    A KILLER'S GAME Daniela Vega, Book 1

    by Isabella Maldonado | Read by Almarie Guerra, Feodor Chin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Almarie Guerra and Feodor Chin bring this fast-paced thriller to life. Guerra tells the story from the point of view of Dani Vega, an FBI agent whose undercover assignment to infiltrate a band of assassins goes terribly awry. She finds herself fighting for her life against the assassins and "Nemesis," a faceless and possibly deranged opponent while her team implements a rescue... Read More

  • LIGHTHOUSE BURNING

    LIGHTHOUSE BURNING Harlan Winter, Book 1

    by Jordan Farmer | Read by Chris Abernathy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Chris Abernathy delivers tones of weary brokenness and mounting horror as he voices this mystery. Harlan is a failed medical student with a volatile temperament who returns to his hometown in Appalachia. His past is marked by a violent murder. Life in the community is rapidly deteriorating; vandals are destroying property, and community support is almost nonexistent. Soon... Read More

  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE HABITS

    EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE HABITS

    by Travis Bradberry | Read by Tom Parks

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Tom Parks's somewhat slow enunciation works well to make this personal growth audiobook accessible to listeners who are new to this now popular advice about improving emotional self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. His clear and friendly voice sends listeners the palpable message that these important skills are worth taking the time to... Read More

  • SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, US

    SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, US

    by Fiona Collins | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Katherine Littrell perfectly delivers a mix of emotions in this hopeful love story. It's spring of 1986, and Rachel has found happiness in her Oxford hometown after a tumultuous adolescence. She's engaged to Jonny, will soon be a stepmother, and loves her job at an art gallery. Then she meets Gabe, a visiting American artist, and the chemistry is undeniable. Rachel... Read More

  • FUNNY GUY

    FUNNY GUY

    by Emma Barry | Read by Lucy Rivers, Teddy Hamilton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Lucy Rivers and Teddy Hamilton narrate the complicated friends-to-lovers story of Bree and Sam. The two friends live in New York City following difficult childhoods in Ohio. Bree is an urban planner, while Sam writes comedy skits for a TV show. Hamilton's performance is the stronger one. He differentiates Bree and plays Sam's biting wit against his sweet affection for her,... Read More

  • MRS. S

    MRS. S

    by K Patrick | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Katherine Littrell's sultry voice is as lucious and irresistible as Patrick's prose in this steamy coming-of-age novel about a young woman who falls in love with the much older wife of the headmaster at the elite girls school where she works. Much of the novel takes place deep inside the unnamed protagonist's mind as she analyzes her own desires. Littrell masterfully voices her... Read More

  • THE FAR REACHES

    THE FAR REACHES Stories to Take You Out of This World

    by Nnedi Okorafor, John Scalzi, Veronica Roth, Rebecca Roanhorse, James S.A. Corey, Ann Leckie | Read by James Patrick Cronin, Soneela Nankani, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, P. J. Morgan, Délé Ogundiran, Kay Eluvian

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This intriguing collection of short speculative fictions features a superb ensemble of narrators. Set in space, the works feature a janitor who is investigating murder on a spaceship, a human who is adopted by a prominent alien, a man whose thousands of clones are dispatched to Earthlike planets, and a group of sentient ships connected to humans who are using futuristic... Read More

  • SINGLE DADS CLUB

    SINGLE DADS CLUB

    by Therese Beharrie | Read by Kineta Kunutu

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Kineta Kunutu voices Rowan Quinn, a newly single father, and Delilah Huntington, a former socialite who is escaping her past. They both come to the coastal town of Sugarbush Bay to start new lives. Rowan is out of his depth managing his new family responsibilities but still finds it hard to resist Delilah's charms as she draws him into the supportive community. Will the ever... Read More

  • THE MAN WHO KNEW DICK BONG

    THE MAN WHO KNEW DICK BONG

    by Robert Crais | Read by Patrick Lawlor

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners will find echoes of Raymond Chandler in this audiobook. In the 1950s, private investigator Eddie Church is hired to secure unpaid alimony for a divorced woman in Los Angeles. But in detective fiction a simple job is rarely easy, and Eddie soon realizes much more is at stake. Patrick Lawlor is perfect for the genre, narrating with clear diction and a tone that fits the... Read More

  • THE KNEELING MAN

    THE KNEELING MAN My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Leta McCollough Seletzky | Read by Leta McCollough Seletzky

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Leta McCollough Seletzky narrates her audiobook about the man who is kneeling beside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the iconic photo of the Civil Rights leader's assassination. He was Seletzky's father, Marrell McCollough, who worked as a spy within the Black activist group called the Invaders. Though her father remained quiet about his experiences, his daughter has unraveled... Read More

  • DON'T SAY A THING

    DON'T SAY A THING A Predator, a Pursuit, and the Women Who Perservered

    by Tamara Leitner | Read by Tamara Leitner

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Reporter and narrator Tamara Leitner provides listeners with a unique true-crime narrative in this audiobook. In April 1999, Leitner's neighbor was sexually assaulted by serial rapist Claude Dean Hull II. Horrified by the attack, Leitner set out to connect with other survivors of his multiple assaults. This audiobook explores the way survivors of sexual violence in general are... Read More

  • AFTER DEATH

    AFTER DEATH

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Security guard Michael Mace dies in a catastrophic lab accident and wakes up alongside his dead co-workers in a makeshift morgue. Koontz's latest thriller is superbly narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Mace is stunned to learn he now has a superpower: With his mind he can tap into and manipulate any electronic data system in the world. Narrating largely from Mace's point of view,... Read More

  • TOO SOON FOR ADIOS

    TOO SOON FOR ADIOS

    by Annette Chavez Macias | Read by Luzma Ortiz

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Luzma Ortiz adds a charming, lovable quality to this story about finding hope after loss. Gabby is a 29-year-old L.A. native who recently lost her mother to cancer. Emotionally and financially devastated, she accepts her biological father's proposal to flip her great-grandmother's house in New Mexico. Gabby hires the town's attractive mayor/handyman, Diego, to help her... Read More

  • MEET ME TONIGHT IN ATLANTIC CITY

    MEET ME TONIGHT IN ATLANTIC CITY

    by Jane Wong | Read by Jane Wong

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jane Wong's soft voice contrasts with the brutal life she faced with her abusive father, an alcoholic gambling addict who put her family in financial jeopardy. Her poetic words and phrasing soothe as she describes later boyfriends, including "the Bad One," who cruelly reinforced her negative self-image. Respite and love came from her friends, her mother, and the fantastical... Read More

  • THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE Mambo Reina, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Veronica G. Henry | Read by Robin Miles

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Robin Miles enchants as she introduces New Orleans Mambo (Priestess) Reina Dumond, who practices Vodou, Haitian-African magic. Listeners meet kindhearted Mambo and her close friends, 20-something wrestler Tyka and talkative chef Darryl. They always have her back. A friend who is worried about her sometimes crooked husband asks Mambo to investigate his activities. This is an... Read More

  • A GIRL CALLED SAMSON

    A GIRL CALLED SAMSON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Amy Harmon | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Based on a real person and filled with factual details and characters, this deeply engrossing novel is performed flawlessly by Tavia Gilbert. Due to family difficulties, Deborah Samson becomes an indentured servant, but when the War of Independence breaks out, Deborah, who is tall and lanky, enlists in the Continental Army. As Robert Shurtliff, Deborah proves herself,... Read More

  • THE FIRES

    THE FIRES

    by Sigrídur Hagalín Björnsdóttir, Larissa Kyzer [Trans.] | Read by Nina Yndis

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Nina Yndis stylishly narrates Icelandic volcanologist Anna Arnardóttir's race against time to save all that is dear to her when new activity in previously dormant volcanoes creates imminent danger to those around her. Yndis's authentic-sounding pronunciation of place and character names helps conjure the ambiance of Iceland, and her warm tone and perfect pacing keep the... Read More

  • THE KARMA MAP

    THE KARMA MAP

    by Nisha Sharma | Read by Soneela Nankani, Fajer Al-Kaisi

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Soneela Nankani and Fajer Al-Kaisi are a winning combination in this contemporary romance. Tara and Silas, both young adults who are searching for meaning, meet while part of a tour group in India. While both attempt to embrace their Indian heritage, at the same time they recognize that their U.S. citizenship brings privileges. The romance between these two is a slow... Read More

  • DEATH IN THE DARK

    DEATH IN THE DARK Dublin Drag, Book 2

    by Kitty Murphy | Read by Ell Potter

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Ell Potter introduces Fi McKinnery and her drag queen pals, who perform at Dublin's Trash Club. Descriptions of facial, hair, and costume preparations, along with lip-synching, are impressive, and most entertaining is meeting the splendidly rendered drag king, Stan the Man. At first, the mystery involves the disappearance of performer Sparkle McCavity. Then, Fi's best buddy,... Read More

  • SOMETHING SPECTACULAR

    SOMETHING SPECTACULAR Something Fabulous, Book 2

    by Alexis Hall | Read by Robyn Holdaway

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Robyn Holdaway's delightful performance shines throughout the second installment of this queer Regency-era romance series. Lovelorn Peggy Delancey is enlisted by her former lover and friend, Arabella Tarleton, to draw the attention of the charming Italian opera singer Orfeo. But Peggy quickly becomes enamored herself. Holdaway's thoughtful portrayals enliven a range of... Read More

  • A PLACE FOR US

    A PLACE FOR US A Memoir

    by Brandon J. Wolf | Read by Brandon J. Wolf

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    LGBTQ+ activist Brandon J. Wolf narrates his heartbreaking yet hopeful memoir with graceful clarity and much tenderness. He recounts his childhood in rural Oregon, where he was the only Black person in his family, and his eventual move to Orlando, Florida, where he found a life-saving queer community. He goes into detail about the night of the Pulse club shooting, the... Read More

  • BEAUTIFUL GRAVES

    BEAUTIFUL GRAVES

    by L.J. Shen | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Cassandra Campbell does a fabulous job bringing the author's words to life. Campbell has an attractive, youthful-sounding voice that fits well with the characters in this romance story. Everlynne is 18 years old when she meets her soulmate, Joe, on a trip to Spain before starting her freshman year in college in San Francisco. But a family tragedy changes her plans,... Read More

  • THROUGH A DARKENING GLASS

    THROUGH A DARKENING GLASS

    by R.S. Maxwell | Read by Eilidh Beaton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Eilidh Beaton performs this charming, slow-moving, somewhat dark ghost story set during the blackouts in England in 1940. Soft-spoken literature student Ruth Gladstone and her grandmother, Edith, evacuate Cambridge University for rural Martynsborough, where her Aunt Vera lives. After hearing about the ghost of a local man who died around 1910, Ruth joins forces with her... Read More

  • MERU

    MERU The Alloy Era, Book 1

    by S.B. Divya | Read by Deepa Samuel

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    With the printed novel having been nominated for both Hugo and Nebula Awards, Deepa Samuel has a high bar to reach as narrator of this audiobook, and she fills it. Samuel's youthful timbre and clear pronunciation help to bring this complex space opera to life. In a world in which humans are denigrated and "alloys," or artificially created people, are running the universe,... Read More

  • NIGHT ANGELS

    NIGHT ANGELS

    by Weina Dai Randel | Read by Angela Lin, Jesse Vilinsky, Feodor Chin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    The foreboding tone of this audiobook's narrators suggests the brutality of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Performed in a low-key yet effective style by Angela Lin, Jesse Vilinsky and Feodor Chin, the novel focuses on Grace Fengshan, wife of a Chinese diplomat who is posted to Austria during a period of pogroms and other actions against the Jews. Grace forms a friendship with... Read More

  • ALL THAT IS MINE I CARRY WITH ME

    ALL THAT IS MINE I CARRY WITH ME

    by William Landay | Read by David de Vries, Joyce Bean, Patrick Lawlor, Scott Merriman

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This is an example of a great story with narrators who understand their characters and who portray them beautifully. The unique aspect of the story--and an added challenge for the narrators--is that multiple first-person perspectives are used. A woman is missing, and suspicion is cast on her husband. The family is split over his innocence. The emotions that come with this... Read More

  • I'LL STOP THE WORLD

    I'LL STOP THE WORLD

    by Lauren Thoman, Mindy Kaling [Intro.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Natasha Tina Liu, Alaska Jackson, Brian Holden, Mark Sanderlin, Sarah Naughton, Scott Merriman, Marcus Stewart, David de Vries

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Thoman's debut novel, presented by an ensemble of narrators, is a time-traveling, mind-bending second-chance story well suited for young adults. Justin Warren's life is going nowhere until fate sends him traveling from 2023 back to 1985. There he teams up with optimistic Rose Yin, and together they have one week to stop the mysterious deaths of Justin's grandparents. The first... Read More

  • KEEPER OF ENCHANTED ROOMS

    KEEPER OF ENCHANTED ROOMS Whimbrel House, Book 1

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb, Graham Halstead, Nicholas Boulton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    A trio of narrators makes this lighthearted historical fantasy with touches of mystery and romance a delight. The setting is an island off the coast of Rhode Island in the mid-1800s. Merritt inherits Whimbrel House, which is said to be haunted, but in truth the house is enchanted. Graham Halstead portrays Merritt, a young writer who is somewhat naïve and endearing. Amanda Leigh... Read More

  • WOMEN LIKE US

    WOMEN LIKE US A Memoir

    by Amanda Prowse | Read by Amanda Prowse

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Amanda Prowse, a bestselling author, narrates her own look at the unlikely trajectory of her life and career. Prowse's posh British accent and arch confidential tone will appeal to many listeners. She holds nothing back in exploring her struggles with food and self-esteem. Prowse is a natural narrator. Confident even while she is confiding, she is sure to draw in new fans in... Read More

  • LOCAL

    LOCAL A Memoir

    by Jessica Machado | Read by Mapuana Makia

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Mapuana Makia lends fluidity to this memoir's descriptions of Hawaii--its lush settings, legends and lore, and musical language. In contrasting tones, Makia delivers the painful history of colonialism and stereotyping of Hawaii as merely a tourist destination. Similarly, Makia gives listeners a felt sense of the intersectional issues faced by Machado through the juxtaposition... Read More

  • MIDNIGHT DUET

    MIDNIGHT DUET

    by Jen Comfort | Read by Meg Sylvan, Hunter Millbrook

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Meg Sylvan and Hunter Millbrook combine their narration talents in this story of love and betrayal--filled with references to Broadway. Erika Greene was a Broadway diva until she was injured in a tragic stage accident. Now she's running her grandmother's failing opera house in Paris, Nevada. Christof Daae had a great band in Germany until he and the band's keyboard player broke... Read More

  • A SPANISH SUNRISE

    A SPANISH SUNRISE

    by Boo Walker | Read by Dan John Miller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Dan John Miller is perfect as the voice of widower Baxter Shaw. Miller has a deep voice, and the Southern accent he affects is ideal for the rising country star turned contractor. Baxter is raising his young daughter, Mia, alone while still coming to terms with the death of his wife, who was born in Spain but was adopted in the U.S. Through a twist of fate he finds her... Read More

  • WE COULD BE HEROES

    WE COULD BE HEROES Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

    by Lisa Scottoline, Lisa Unger, Janelle Brown, J.T. Ellison, Victor Methos | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Reba Buhr, January LaVoy, Brittany Pressley, Ryan Burke

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Each narrator presents one of the five novellas in this collection. The short thrillers place ordinary people in unusual situations. Edoardo Ballerini takes listeners to Philly in 2004 for Lisa Scottoline's memorable "Pigeon Tony's Last Stand." Reba Buhr convincingly narrates phone conversations between a female crisis counselor and a male caller in Lisa Unger's dark "Unknown... Read More

  • THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

    THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Natalie Naudus narrates with the emotion required for a Koontz thriller in which danger lurks around every corner. Katie, an artist who is recoiling from a past loss, lives on an island. She soon learns that a neighboring island houses a government research operation, but what goes on there is a mystery. When she discovers agents snooping around her own island, she teams up... Read More

  • THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND

    THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND

    by Mansi Shah | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Soneela Nankani narrates a dual-timeline story of two women who are both seeking the truth about themselves. After her father's unexpected death, Sophie Shah travels to France to find out what happened to her mother. Nankani invests both Sophie and her mother, Nita, with dignity and authenticity, creating sympathetic characters despite numerous clichés. Sophie has lived a... Read More

  • SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST

    SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST Twist of Fate, Book 3

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Lynn Wright, Alastair Haynesbridge

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Lynn Wright and Alastair Haynesbridge combine their talents to breathe life into the romance between Tessa Harper and Ford Maddox. Ford and Tessa have always been at odds with each other. But when he needs her help to capture the attention of the woman of his dreams, they end up spending considerable time together. Wright and Haynesbridge seamlessly alternate... Read More

  • I WILL FIND YOU

    I WILL FIND YOU

    by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Harlan Coben could not ask for a better person than narrator Steven Weber to portray a man wrongly accused of killing his own son. Weber, known for his movies, television shows (like the long-running "Wings"), and top-notch audiobook performances, including several other works by Coben, has a natural ease and an ability to transport the listener into a world of panic,... Read More

  • FERAL

    FERAL Losing Myself and Finding My Way in America's National Parks

    by Emily Pennington | Read by Emily Pennington

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Emily Pennington's voice isn't booming, but her awe at seeing Alaska's Mt. Blackburn comes through strongly as she tells listeners about her attempt to visit every U.S. national park in one year. A romantic breakup is included in her story. Early on, her adventures head in expected directions, with frustrations palpable. For example, she recalls parking her van on the opposite... Read More

  • WILD, BEAUTIFUL, AND FREE

    WILD, BEAUTIFUL, AND FREE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sophfronia Scott | Read by Channie Waites

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The evocative, melodic voice of Channie Waites brings to life the character of Jeannette, who struggles to find her identity and reclaim her birthright. Listeners empathize as Jeannette, the daughter of an enslaved woman, suffers when her beloved father, a white plantation owner, dies and she is sold into slavery in 1850s Mississippi by his wife. Listeners meet many... Read More

  • HOW TO WIN A BREAKUP

    HOW TO WIN A BREAKUP

    by Farah Heron | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Soneela Nankani's performance adds endearing charm to a chaotic teen romance. Roles are reversed in this fun audiobook: Math nerd Samaya is a gamer girl who needs to regain respect after a very public breakup with the "it" boy at her school. Daniel is a hockey jock who loves baking but desperately needs a math tutor. Together, the two whip up a sweet plan to make everyone... Read More

  • EXTERNAL FORCES

    EXTERNAL FORCES The Marrowbone Spells, Book 2

    by Shannon Fay | Read by Peter Kenny

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Peter Kenny narrates an entrancing historical fantasy that propels an impulsive mage into the midst of political conflict. The 1950s finds Great Britain once again in peril as the Virtuis Party rises to power and threatens to expose a rage form of magic. Paul has managed to curry favor with the royal family and is the only mage capable of stopping Britain from descending into... Read More

  • THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN: AN INTERPRETATION

    THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN: AN INTERPRETATION

    by Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Shaun Taylor-Corbett's reverent performance creates an intimate and engaging listening environment. Eastman's original work, first published in the 1800s, remains as valuable as ever. The son of a Sioux, Eastman was the first Native American to be certified in Western medicine. His unique lived experience informs his work here. This short audiobook provides listeners with... Read More

  • GETAWAY

    GETAWAY Secrets Follow You Everywhere

    by Sally Hepworth, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Catherine Steadman, Luanne Rice, Jess Lourey, Rumaan Alam | Read by Candice Moll, Shayna Small, Samara Naeymi, Jennifer Jill Araya, Carly Robins, Fajer Al-Kaisi

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This taut collection of psychological thrillers offers a wide variety of vacation settings. The short, sharp stories transport listeners to a consciousness-raising cruise on which honesty isn't necessarily the best policy, a family beach house haunted by generations of secrets, and a tropical paradise where a serial killer stalks the unwary. Each narrator in the ensemble is... Read More

  • CHICK MAGNET

    CHICK MAGNET

    by Emma Barry | Read by CJ Bloom, Aaron Shedlock

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    CJ Bloom and Aaron Shedlock work together wonderfully to enhance this fun contemporary romance. After social media influencer "Chick Nic" has a very public romantic breakup, she moves away to start anew, bringing her beloved chickens with her. Her new neighbor, Will, is the local veterinarian. She soon learns that he hates the chicken movement or any fad involving animals.... Read More

  • THE FIREBALLER

    THE FIREBALLER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mark Stevens | Read by Shea Taylor

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Frank Ryder can throw a baseball well over 105 mph. But behind every pitch is an emotional weight that comes from a tragic event that happened years earlier. Ryder takes Major League Baseball by storm, but his past haunts him, and much of the league's ownership turns on him. Shea Taylor is outstanding with every voice. He excels at differentiating men's and women's voices and... Read More

  • DEATH IN HEELS

    DEATH IN HEELS Dublin Drag, Book 1

    by Kitty Murphy | Read by Ell Potter

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Ell Potter portrays the queens who work at the drag club Trash. Among them are feisty and faithful Fiona "Fi" McKinnery and unpredictable, spoiled Mae B, who have been friends since childhood. Learning about the preferred terms for the queens, as well as the extraordinary effort they put into their body shaping and costumes, is interesting. Particularly well rendered by Potter... Read More

  • HIDE

    HIDE Detective Harriet Foster, Book 1

    by Tracy Clark | Read by Chanté McCormick

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Chanté McCormick hits a home run in this police procedural. Harriet Foster, an African American seventeen-year veteran of the Chicago Police returns from bereavement leave after the death of her partner and jumps right into a murder case. A girl with red hair and red lipstick traced around her hands and ankles has been found stabbed to death. Then two more bodies are... Read More

  • THEY COME AT KNIGHT

    THEY COME AT KNIGHT Nena Knight, Book 2

    by Yasmin Angoe | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Tamika Katon-Donegal captivatingly narrates the second book in the Nena Knight series. Nena is a female assassin whose missions are intended to protect her high-ranking political family. Katon-Donegal narrates with precision and care. This plays well, given the nature of the main character. She is a protector who is extremely disciplined yet conveys warmth to loved ones.... Read More

  • SO LONG, CHESTER WHEELER

    SO LONG, CHESTER WHEELER

    by Catherine Ryan Hyde | Read by Michael Crouch

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Michael Crouch delivers a heartwarming—and heartbreaking—performance in this exploration of generational differences and death. When Lewis Madigan loses his job and his boyfriend on the same day, he begrudgingly agrees to be an end-of-life caregiver to his combative and homophobic neighbor, Chester Wheeler. To fulfill Chester’s dying wish, Lewis takes him on a cross-country... Read More

  • BLACK FOAM

    BLACK FOAM

    by Haji Jabir, Sawad Hussain, Marcia Lynx Qualey[Trans.] | Read by Youssif Kamal

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Youssif Kamal lends his flexible baritone to this ambitious novel about the universal feeling of wanting to belong. He becomes the ever shifting Dawoud, also known as David, Adal, and Dawit, depending on where he is living and trying to fit in. Kamal's narration is smooth and well paced, almost to the point of a silkiness that reflects the more sensual moments of the plot.... Read More

  • THE SURVIVALISTS

    THE SURVIVALISTS

    by Kashana Cauley | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Cauley's satirical comedy about survivalists, gun dealing, and finding happiness is masterfully narrated by Bahni Turpin. Aretha, an up-and-coming attorney, falls for Aaron, a coffee dealer. When Aretha moves in with Aaron, Turpin captures her love-blind naïveté and acceptance of his survivalist friends, Brittany and James. Turpin then delivers Aretha's shock during her first... Read More

  • AN ACT OF FOUL PLAY

    AN ACT OF FOUL PLAY Lady Hardcastle, Book 9

    by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Elizabeth Knowelden zestfully presents Bristol, England, in 1911. Listeners meet eccentric and down-to-earth Lady Hardcastle and her feisty, dedicated companion/confidante, Flo Armstrong. When the ladies and several friends attend a play, no one expects that the corpse on the stage is real. Lady Hardcastle, Flo, and her twin sister, Gwen, swing into action, even before the... Read More

  • THE BLUE BAR

    THE BLUE BAR Blue Mumbai, Book 1

    by Damyanti Biswas | Read by Sneha Mathan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Sneha Mathan's strong performance transports listeners to the streets of Mumbai as police Inspector Arnav Singh Rajput is called to investigate a dismembered body, which he soon realizes is the work of a serial killer. As he races to track down the murderer, using any methods available, his past and present converge, bringing new challenges. Mathan's narration is... Read More

  • BEYOND MAGENTA

    BEYOND MAGENTA Transgender Teens Speak Out

    by Susan Kuklin | Read by Tanya Eby, Nick Podehl, Todd Haberkorn, Roxanne Hernandez, Janina Edwards, Nancy Wu, Marisol Ramirez

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    An ensemble of voices delivers this candid collection of interviews with gender-nonconforming teens who struggle to be accepted. The diverse compilation of narratives presents two trans feminine, two trans masculine, and two nonbinary young people. Tanya Eby voices author Susan Kuklin, narrating in a neutral yet respectful tone that allows the more emotional content conveyed by... Read More

  • HIDDEN IN SNOW

    HIDDEN IN SNOW The Are Murders, Book 1

    by Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy [Trans.] | Read by Laura Jennings

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Laura Jennings narrates this Nordic noir with style. Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander takes refuge at her sister's lodge in the Swedish ski resort of Are to recover from professional and private disasters. When a girl goes missing there, Hanna can't help getting involved as the local police race against the clock to discover what happened to her. Jennings's use of... Read More

  • PIECE BY PIECE

    PIECE BY PIECE How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required)

    by David Aguilar, Ferran Aguilar, Lawrence Schimel [Trans.] | Read by Fabio Tassone

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Fabio Tassone deftly introduces young listeners to David Aguilar, who was born missing a hand, for which he faced discrimination from taunting classmates and rude strangers. Listeners will feel connected to David and his supportive family, who live in the tiny European country of Andorra. Touching descriptions of family members, particularly his beloved abuela and his kind,... Read More

  • RACING THE LIGHT

    RACING THE LIGHT Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Book 19

    by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When controversial podcaster Josh Shoe disappears, his mother hires private investigator Elvis Cole, who uncovers a far more complicated story than he anticipated. Although Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, are at the center of the audiobook, they quickly discover that Shoe's disappearance involves multiple people who range from corrupt politicians to a porn star, and even Cole's... Read More

  • SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

    SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

    by Dana L. Davis | Read by Kimberly Woods

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Kimberly Woods is the solemn voice of Dylan, a senior who is laser focused on her violin audition for Juilliard. With only a few weeks of preparation to go, her ex-best friend, Langston, crashes into her family, trying to recover from his high-publicity antics. Woods's dazzling characterization of Langston radiates the swagger and vulnerability of the boy who suddenly... Read More

  • RACHEL: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS

    RACHEL: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Angelina Weld Grimké | Read by Leon Nixon, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Sean Crisden, Karen Chilton, Cary Hite, Adenrele Ojo, Shayna Small, Cortney Wright, Ron Butler

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Leading a cast of well-established, award-winning African American voice talents, Tamika Katon-Donegal gives a voice full of bright sensitivity, intelligence, and hope to Rachel, a young early-twentieth-century Black woman who is coming of age and looking to the future. When Rachel runs headlong into the real-life horrors of American racism, she doubts whether she can follow... Read More

  • THE BROKEN DOLL

    THE BROKEN DOLL Justice is a Moving Target

    by Jeffery Deaver | Read by Christina Traister

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Christina Traister's talented narration is the perfect match for these four interconnected stories, each one packed with plenty of Deaveresque surprises. Listeners follow a developing cat-and-mouse game between Paul Offenbach, a twisted sociopath, and Special Agent Constant Marlowe, who is set on avenging the brutal murder of her friend by Offenbach. Traister creates highly... Read More

  • ANY ONE OF US

    ANY ONE OF US

    by Martyn Ford | Read by Moira Quirk

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Moira Quirk takes listeners through the multiple twists in this thriller based on school-day grudges. Ruby is halfway across the world when she discovers that her best friend and several other classmates have been systematically killed in her hometown of Missbrook Bay. When she returns to profile the killer, Ruby quickly learns that she might also be a target. Quirk... Read More

  • COLLECTED EARLY WORKS

    COLLECTED EARLY WORKS

    by Zora Neale Hurston | Read by Bahni Turpin, Kenya Brome, Cary Hite and a Full Cast

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    This audio collection is difficult to describe--and even harder to resist. Zora Neale Hurston's range as an author is showcased by some supremely talented narrators whose voices radiate innocence, experience, and all the stops in between. Bahni Turpin's skills are at their best in "Drenched in Light" as she repeatedly transitions between grandmother and granddaughter without... Read More

  • HAPPYISH

    HAPPYISH

    by Jeanette Escudero | Read by Vivia Font

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Vivia Font provides a vibrant characterization of Alex, who is having a challenging year made worse by learning she has a brain tumor. Alex is petrified; her sister died of cancer, and her family was devastated. Font successfully conveys Alex's stress by increasing her tempo and pitch. Reflecting on her sister's short life, Alex decides to travel. She hikes the Grand... Read More

  • THE VIBRANT YEARS

    THE VIBRANT YEARS

    by Sonali Dev, Mindy Kaling [Intro.] | Read by Deepti Gupta, Soneela Nankani, Anita Kalathara

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Deepti Gupta, Soneela Nankani, and Anita Kalathara come together to represent three generations of the Desai clan. Gupta is the taboo-breaking Bindu, the feminist grandmother and mother-in-law every South Asian woman longs for. Nankani evokes sympathy for the overworked and frustrated Aly, who is beloved by her mother-in-law because of their shared Goan roots, despite... Read More

  • THE HIKE

    THE HIKE

    by Susi Holliday | Read by Imogen Church

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Imogen Church's spirited narration brings the protagonists alive in this suspenseful mystery and helps make this a standout listen. Two couples, each with unpleasant character traits and backstories that influence their behavior, head into the Swiss Alps for a hike. However, of the four people, only two return. Church's strong characterizations differentiate the key... Read More

  • THE BOOKSTORE SISTERS

    THE BOOKSTORE SISTERS A Short Story

    by Alice Hoffman | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jennifer Jill Araya brings the two sisters in Hoffman's short story to life. She projects the hurtful emotional baggage they've been carrying throughout 12 years of estrangement. When Isabel receives a mysterious letter containing the single word "HELP," she assumes it's from Sophie and heads to Brinkley's Island, Maine. Isabel's voice reflects her curiosity, defensiveness, and... Read More

  • THE RAILWAY MURDERS

    THE RAILWAY MURDERS Yorkshire Murder, Book 8

    by J.R. Ellis | Read by Michael Page

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners who enjoy a good old-fashioned locked-room mystery will appreciate this classic police procedural, set in a picturesque Yorkshire village. The steady, gravelly voice of longtime narrator Michael Page transports listeners to a present-day film shoot at a vintage railway station. An actor, dissolute and disliked, is found shot and killed in a locked antique railway... Read More

  • INTO SHADOW

    INTO SHADOW Where the Truth Lies

    by Garth Nix, Alix E. Harrow, Veronica G. Henry, Tamsyn Muir, Nghi Vo, Tomi Champion-Adeyemi, Lev Grossman | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Kimberly Woods, Natalie Naudus, Susan Dalian, Kristyl Dawn Tift, Timothy Campbell, Keylor Leigh

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Seven Amazon Original short stories are collected into one audiobook production, each performed by a different narrator. The unique tales take the listener to worlds full of magical realism, fantasy, and the unknown and span centuries from a seemingly medieval time to contemporary settings. All seven narrators are skilled in their craft; however, as one may expect with such a... Read More

  • RESTING SCROOGE FACE

    RESTING SCROOGE FACE A Short Story

    by Meghan Quinn | Read by Carly Robins, Aaron Shedlock

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This cute holiday rom-com invites listeners to participate in Nola and Caleb's rekindled relationship. Narrators Carly Robins and Aaron Shedlock capture the main characters' emotions and inflections. Robins articulates the female voices a bit more distinctly than Shedlock does the two primary males, but, overall, the novella is easy to follow. There is a scene in which Caleb... Read More

  • SIGNAL MOON

    SIGNAL MOON A Short Story

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate Quinn | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Andrew Gibson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The touch of fantasy interjected into this compelling audiobook is a unique departure from author Kate Quinn's usual historical fiction. Gifted narrator Saskia Maarleveld portrays a member of the British Women's Royal Naval Service (WREN) who is monitoring radio transmissions from Nazi ships in 1943. Andrew Gibson portrays an American radio operator who is sending out a... Read More

  • BIG CHICAS DON'T CRY

    BIG CHICAS DON'T CRY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Annette Chavez Macias | Read by Vanessa Vasquez, Alessandra Manon, Aida Reluzco, Krysta Gonzales (as Dani Muñoz)

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    A supremely talented quartet of narrators will delight listeners with their vibrant and expressive voices. This addictive story follows four cousins who are navigating life as individuals and as part of a large Mexican American family. As children, they were very close, but family dynamics pushed them apart. Now, as adults, they wonder if they can be close again. All four women... Read More

  • THE SECRET WITNESS

    THE SECRET WITNESS Shepard & Gray, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Victor Methos | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Gripping from the beginning, this audiobook features a well-crafted story delivered by Timothy Andrés Pabon using an ideal mix of fear, remorse, and personal animosity to define characters and scenes. A whodunit at its core, this is also an exceptional psychological thriller that benefits from Pabon's performance, particularly his ability with nuanced dialogue. Central to the... Read More

  • SO IT GOES

    SO IT GOES Twist of Fate, Book 2

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Nelson Hobbs, Joy Beharie

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Nelson Hobbs and Joy Beharie join together to bring to life the story of Malia Evergreen and Palmer Matterson. Malia has been handling the advertising for Palmer's wedding planning company. After she leaves the position, Palmer admits to his interest in her. Beharie skillfully voices Malia's uncertainty about her feelings for Palmer, while Hobbs brings decisiveness to... Read More

  • WE LIE HERE

    WE LIE HERE

    by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Alaska Jackson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Alaska Jackson takes listeners through this twisted thriller involving a TV writer who finds herself in the middle of a horrifying mystery. Yara Gibson is not thrilled to return to her hometown of Palmdale for her parents' anniversary party, but as a dutiful daughter, she feels she has to. When an estranged family friend tells Yara that she needs to tell her a shocking... Read More

  • THE BIG DARK SKY

    THE BIG DARK SKY

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Iraqi-Canadian actor Fajer Al-Kaisi narrates this twisted horror story set under Montana's big, dark sky. Joanna Chase is no stranger to tragedy, but when she starts receiving odd phone calls asking her to return to her childhood home in Montana, she feels she has no choice but to go back to the place she thought she'd left behind forever. A frightening man with dark dreams and... Read More

  • BLOOD TIES

    BLOOD TIES

    by Ruth Lillegraven, Diane Oatley [Trans.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Andrew Eiden, Stina Nielsen, Mikael Naramore, Stephen Graybill, Soneela Nankani, Chris Ciulla

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A full cast of narrators takes on the second in Lillegraven's Clara series. Each chapter, representing a different character, is delivered by one of these outstanding narrators. Clara Lofthus, portrayed by Stina Nielsen, has just been appointed Norway's Minister of Justice and has vowed to protect children. Then her twin sons, Andreas and Nikolai, are kidnapped. Listeners hear... Read More

  • OTHER BIRDS

    OTHER BIRDS

    by Sarah Addison Allen | Read by Siiri Scott

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The wistful sweetness in Siiri Scott's narration perfectly complements the small-town South Carolina setting of this audiobook. The residents of a five-unit complex become enmeshed in each other's lives when one of them is found dead inside her apartment. Each character is an "other bird," someone whose difficult family history or other trauma creates challenges for them to... Read More

  • WHAT SHE FOUND

    WHAT SHE FOUND Tracy Crosswhite, Book 9

    by Robert Dugoni | Read by Emily Sutton-Smith

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this latest Tracy Crosswhite audiobook, the cold case detective sets out to discover whether investigative reporter Lisa Childress, who disappeared 25 years earlier, is dead or alive. Now married and a young mother, Tracy gets a call from Lisa's grown daughter, Anita, who wants her to reopen the case of the missing reporter, who never returned from meeting a source. Narrator... Read More

  • GRACE UNDER FIRE

    GRACE UNDER FIRE Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna, Book 14

    by Julie Garwood | Read by Samantha Brentmoor

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Samantha Brentmoor brings to life the romance between Isabel MacKenna and Michael Buchanan. Isabel's sister is married to Michael's brother, and when Isabel runs into trouble, Michael is there to help her. She is the type of person people gravitate to, and Brentmoor deftly conveys her warmth and compassion. As a lawyer and former Navy SEAL, Michael has a no-nonsense... Read More

  • MY PEOPLE THE SIOUX

    MY PEOPLE THE SIOUX

    by Luther Standing Bear | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Shaun Taylor-Corbett's narration is calm and friendly, and he handles this 1928 classic's occasional humor in a charming understated manner. This is a strength, given the book's didactic intent. However, at times this even-toned approach may become dull for some listeners. Despite this drawback, Taylor-Corbett brings the story to life, and his narration embodies its theme that... Read More

  • QUICKSILVER

    QUICKSILVER

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Todd Haberkorn

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The title character, Quinn Quicksilver, recounts his journey from his upbringing at an orphanage to being on the run, a trek that takes on supernatural elements. Narrator Todd Haberkorn really gets into the characters, all of whom he gives drastically different voices that fit their personalities. It's as if he is a cast of multiple people. Quinn has a slightly nasal tone,... Read More

  • BOOKENDS

    BOOKENDS A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature

    by Zibby Owens | Read by Zibby Owens

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Zibby Owens recounts her meandering path from coping with self-doubt and battling an eating disorder to launching a successful podcasting career. She treats listeners to her characteristic honesty whether she's describing crippling self-consciousness or later love and finding her métier. Owens's style is gentle, easy on the ears, and relatable. She chronicles her search for... Read More

  • ROTTEN TO THE CORE

    ROTTEN TO THE CORE Lady Hardcastle, Book 8

    by TE Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Elizabeth Knowelden's versatile British accents enhance this charming cozy set in the sultry summer of 1911 in the quaint English town of Littleton Cotterell. When the Apple Cider Warden of the ancient Weryers society is stabbed to death, Police Inspector Oliver Sunderland of Gloucestershire enlists the assistance of the aristocratic-sounding amateur sleuth Lady Edith... Read More

  • NO RINGS ATTACHED

    NO RINGS ATTACHED Ms. Right, Book 2

    by Rachel Lacey | Read by Zara Hampton-Brown

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Zara Hampton-Brown does an exemplary job with the British and American women in this audiobook. Lia, a Brit, works in New York, where she runs a bookstore with her best friend, Rosie. As Lia makes plans to return to England for her brother's wedding, her family presses her to bring her girlfriend. But there's a problem--Lia doesn't really have one. Luckily, her friend... Read More

  • DECEMBER '41

    DECEMBER '41

    by William Martin | Read by Robert Fass

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Robert Fass narrates this historical thriller, which takes place in the opening month of WWII. A German agent in Los Angeles spearheads a plan to assassinate President Roosevelt when he lights the national Christmas tree. Martin Browning travels to Washington DC by car and train, hiding in plain sight in various disguises; each new persona is voiced with a slight difference by... Read More

  • BETRAYING THE CROWN

    BETRAYING THE CROWN Guy Harford, Book 3

    Earphones Award Winner

    by TP Fielden | Read by Joel Froomkin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners will relish Joel Froomkin's exemplary narration of this exciting WWII mystery featuring the British Royal Court. The story begins when Lord Blackwater, a courtier, is found dead. Since Blackwater had many secrets, the Crown assigns advisor Guy Harford to investigate his death. Aiding Guy is his girlfriend, Rodie, a burglar turned civil servant, whose lower-class... Read More

  • THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING

    THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING

    by Lydia Kang | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Saskia Maarleveld's narration is the best part of this historical mystery, set in Brooklyn in October 1942. At times a bit convoluted, the story centers on half-siblings Will and Maggie Scripps. As WWII rages on, Will works for the Manhattan Project, and Maggie struggles to find consistent work. Their isolated existence is interrupted when they find a freezing woman under their... Read More

  • JUST ONE WISH

    JUST ONE WISH The Kingston Family, Book 4.5, 1001 Dark Nights Series, Book 4.5

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Mackenzie Cartwright, Alexander Cendese

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Mackenzie Cartwright and Alexander Cendese combine talents for this short yet enjoyable romance between drummer Axel Forrester and veterinarian Tara Stillman. For Axel, Tara has always been the one who got away. When he discovers that they are finally in the same area, Axel borrows his bandmate's dog to reconnect with Tara. Cendese's and Cartwright's performances both... Read More

  • AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES

    AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES

    by Zitkála-Sá | Read by Katie Rich

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Zitkála-Sá's vivid and empathetic stories draw listeners right into the controversies of her time, the late nineteenth century. With topics ranging from children being torn from their families to go to Indian schools to the elderly being denied land rights, these stories capture American history from the eyes of the author and her people. Although Katie Rich's narration sounds... Read More

  • LISTEN TO ME

    LISTEN TO ME Rizzoli & Isles, Book 13

    by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Tanya Eby

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In the 13th audiobook of the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series, Tanya Eby performs with charm and intensity as Detective Jane Rizzoli, Dr. Maura Isles, and Jane's mother, Angela, resolve not one, but five cases in the Boston area. Eby employs gasps and shortened phrases as she becomes a young woman who is being chased by a stranger and then ends up the victim of a hit-and-run.... Read More

  • THE FALCON

    THE FALCON Nina Guerrera, Book 3

    by Isabella Maldonado | Read by Roxanne Hernandez

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Roxanne Hernandez returns to portray FBI Agent Nina Guerrera in the third book in this series. Hernandez's effective accents and tone draw listeners into Guerrera's world. Maldonado's gritty police procedural is humanized by her two well-developed main characters, both of whom have managed to rise above their troubled backgrounds: Guerrera herself and 18-year-old academically... Read More

  • WEST SIDE LOVE STORY

    WEST SIDE LOVE STORY

    by Priscilla Oliveras | Read by Karla Serrato

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Karla Serrato's animated, upbeat voice enhances this charming enemies-to-lovers romance. Her moderately paced narration quickly picks up as a midnight kiss sparks an affair between Mariana and Angelo, mariachi musicians from rival bands. When the bands enter a major competition, the couple secretly work together to keep the feud at bay. Serrato's emotive performance evokes the... Read More

  • BLACK STARS

    BLACK STARS A Galaxy of New Worlds

    by Nnedi Okorafer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, C.T. Rwizi, Victor LaValle, Nisi Shawl, Nalo Hopkinson | Read by Adenrele Ojo, LeVar Burton, Nyambi Nyambi, Naomi Ackie, Brian Tyree Henry, Indya Moore

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    This introspective collection of short stories by Black authors treats listeners to an astonishing array of futuristic worlds and circumstances. From the alleys of New York to the depths of the ocean to the farthest reaches of space, these stories push the boundaries of humanity. An outstanding assembly of authors is matched by a stellar set of narrators, including both... Read More

  • REMINDERS OF HIM

    REMINDERS OF HIM

    by Colleen Hoover | Read by Brittany Pressley, Ryan West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Brittany Pressley and Ryan West depict a story of triumph in a hopeless situation. Kenna, who has just been released from prison, is focused on connecting with her daughter, Diem. Then she meets a man named Ledger, and they get on track for romance--until Ledger discovers that Kenna was the driver who killed his friend Scotty in a car accident. Worse, Ledger is also... Read More

  • THE QUARTER STORM

    THE QUARTER STORM Mambo Reina, Book 1

    by Veronica G. Henry | Read by Robin Miles

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Robin Miles transports listeners to the hidden corners of New Orleans in this tale of murder and magic. Mambo Reina Dumond considers herself a native of New Orleans despite her Haitian background. When a grisly murder is blamed on a fellow vodouisant, Reina feels compelled to investigate. Her questions and the powers granted by her patron spirit, Erzulie, bring her... Read More

  • SAY HER NAME

    SAY HER NAME

    by Dreda Say Mitchell, Ryan Carter | Read by Adjoa Andoh

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Adjoa Andoh showcases her acting talents in portraying Eva, a woman in desperate search of her birth mother, and the women and men who are part of Eva's life. With appropriate pacing and intense emotion, Andoh expresses the tension and pain felt by the women she voices. Some of the most heartbreaking moments come in Andoh's masterful performance of young Eva's... Read More

  • THIS TIME FOR ME

    THIS TIME FOR ME A Memoir

    by Alexandra Billings, Joanne Gordon | Read by Alexandra Billings

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Award-winning trans actor and LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist Alexandra Billings exuberantly narrates her life story. With high energy and a commanding presence, Billings lays it all on the line, candidly sharing her painful and resilient journey through sexual assault, attempted suicide, the AIDS epidemic, and extraordinary barriers to living as her authentic self. The structure... Read More

  • MY EVIL MOTHER

    MY EVIL MOTHER A Short Story

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Margaret Atwood | Read by Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Hillary Huber is enchanting in the role of a daughter who is spilling her mother's dark secrets. Raised in the 1950s, the daughter details the strange habits and lore of her single mother. Dangerous herbs, a father turned into a garden gnome, deadly prophecies--the daughter hardly knows what's fantasy and what's real. Huber's vulnerable confessional tone for the... Read More

  • KARITAS UNTITLED

    KARITAS UNTITLED

    by Kristin Marja Baldursdottir, Philip Roughton [Trans.] | Read by Anita Briem

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Unfolding in the early years of the last century, the plot of this audiobook transports listeners to Iceland, and the destination is as interesting as one might expect. Karitas is a young woman who shares her rather desperate coming-of-age experiences; her dreams are focused on one day becoming an artist. Anita Briem offers a decent performance. Her pace is somewhat uneven and... Read More

  • THE FASHION ORPHANS

    THE FASHION ORPHANS

    by Randy Susan Meyers, M. J. Rose | Read by Mia Barron, Callie Beaulieu

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Mia Barron and Callie Beaulieu are a dynamic duo in their portrayals of estranged half sisters who are reunited after their mother Bette's passing. Gabrielle is 55 and dealing with career fallout, which is tied to her ex-husband. Lulu is 48 and grieving her husband's death. The sisters mend their relationship as they catalogue and make decisions about their... Read More

  • TRESPASS

    TRESPASS Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    by Jeff VanderMeer, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Stephen Graham Jones, Karen Russell, Carmen Maria Machado, Tochi Onyebuchi | Read by Adam Verner, Cynthia Farrell, Joe Jameson, Jess Nahikian, Frankie Corzo, Charlotte Flyte

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This collection of short stories spans genres from magical realism and survival fiction to Lovecraftian horror, the common factors being nature and a pervasive sense of unease. Starting off the collection is Moreno-Garcia's story, set during the Mexican Revolution and narrated by Cynthia Farrell, who employs a slight Spanish accent and conjures a determined protagonist. Next is... Read More

  • GRACELAND, AT LAST

    GRACELAND, AT LAST Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South

    by Margaret Renkl | Read by Joyce Bean

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Joyce Bean's warm, friendly voice is by turns serious and smiling in her excellent narration of Margaret Renkl's insightful new essay collection. Drawn from Renkl's weekly NEW YORK TIMES column, the 60 pieces in this audiobook cover all manner of life in the American South, including animals, culture, plants, and politics. Renkl, who lives in Tennessee, is a detailed observer... Read More

  • MEANT TO BE

    MEANT TO BE Twist of Fate, Book 1

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Keira Stevens, Nelson Hobbs

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Keira Stevens and Nelson Hobbs join forces to tell the story of a second-chance romance between Chiara Kennedy and Sebastian Ryder. When the two met, they clicked but chose not to pursue a relationship. Sebastian ended up married to Chiara's best friend and was then widowed. Stevens and Hobbs provide a multilayered performance as Chiara and Sebastian struggle to... Read More

  • THE WEDDING SETUP

    THE WEDDING SETUP A Short Story

    by Sonali Dev | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Soneela Nankani pulls out all the emotional stops in this short but charming audiobook about love and relationships. When a tragic accident killed Ajay, Ayesha Shetty lost much more than a brother--she lost her dreams, her independence, and herself. Her best friend's wedding will be a welcome reprieve except that her mother, amma, and others are ready to find her a... Read More

  • THE PATIENT'S SECRET

    THE PATIENT'S SECRET

    by Loreth Anne White | Read by Brittany Pressley

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Brittany Pressley narrates this mystery about an idyllic coastal community in Canada where everyone is not as they seem. When a woman is found dead on the beach, everyone in the close-knit community of Stony Cove becomes a suspect. The intense investigation burns through the town, and lives begin to unravel as Detective Rue Duval discovers that almost everyone has a secret,... Read More

  • THE BLUEBONNET BATTLE

    THE BLUEBONNET BATTLE

    by Carolyn Brown | Read by Brittany Pressley

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Two longtime rivals are brought to life by narrator Brittany Pressley. Matilda returns to Bonnet, Texas, to make trouble for her old enemy, Liddy. They have a turbulent past, and they clash over everything from funeral dinners to the relationship developing between Matilda's son, Nick, and Liddy's niece, Amelia. Pressley's performance brings the two women's suppressed rage to... Read More

  • CLEOPATRA'S DAGGER

    CLEOPATRA'S DAGGER

    by Carole Lawrence | Read by Kate Rudd

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners who are seeking a diverting, richly evocative mystery will enjoy this period piece set in New York City in the 1880s. The youthful, exuberant voice of narrator Kate Rudd brings to life reporter Elizabeth van den Broek, who becomes personally involved in the fiendish murders of a serial killer who is obsessed with Egyptian mythology. While listeners may tire of the... Read More

  • TAHIRA IN BLOOM

    TAHIRA IN BLOOM

    by Farah Heron | Read by Anita Kalathara

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Anita Kalathara's inflections convey contention between urban and rural teens. Things are not coming up roses for 17-year-old Tahira Janmohammad. Her summer internship in New York City is sabotaged by a parrot, and then she finds herself helping her aunt revamp her store in Bakewell, Ontario. Kalathara's youthful voice brings out the teen's personality. Soon, Tahira's... Read More

  • TRAYVON: TEN YEARS LATER

    TRAYVON: TEN YEARS LATER A Mother's Essay

    by Sybrina Fulton, Ben Crump [Fore.] | Read by Sybrina Fulton, Leon Nixon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    "I became the mother of a movement out of necessity," says Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. This audiobook may be short, but not a word is wasted. Fulton reflects on the decade since her son's death. Fulton is clear in her view that her son was stalked and killed out of malice, his killer protected by a system prejudiced toward Black children. "Many times, the only... Read More

  • 2043...(A MERMAN I SHOULD TURN TO BE)

    2043...(A MERMAN I SHOULD TURN TO BE) Black Stars

    by Nisi Shawl | Read by LeVar Burton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator LeVar Burton starts off this audiobook by delivering the marketing pitch for the human modification that will turn Black Americans into sea creatures, if they so choose. Nisi Shawl's near-future story finds takers for a reparation offer that has a catch: The 40 acres on offer to each individual are in the ocean, and the modifications are needed to live there. Burton... Read More

  • THE BOUNCE BACK

    THE BOUNCE BACK

    by Addie Woolridge | Read by Adenrele Ojo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Adenrele Ojo's vivacious narration will have listeners quickly invested in Neale Delacroix's chaotic attempt to reinvent herself. Ojo's energetic voice perfectly reflects Neale's bright-eyed enthusiasm as she leaves her disastrous career as a performance artist and picks up a desk job. Neale faces several humorous ups and downs as she attempts to become "New Neale,"... Read More

  • A DAY LIKE THIS

    A DAY LIKE THIS

    by Kelley McNeil | Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Annie Beyers wakes up in the hospital, the victim of an accident that occurred while she was taking her young daughter, Hannah, to the doctor. So begins McNeil's intriguing tale of memory and parallel universes. Amanda Leigh Cobb embodies the voice of Annie, who is struggling to make sense of the new world she finds herself in, a world in which Hannah never existed, her "yellow... Read More

  • COLOR

    COLOR

    by Countee Cullen | Read by Don Hooper

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    In this collection, the Harlem Renaissance poet speaks of race, morality, and identity. A good portion of his poetry is structured in a consistent rhyming scheme that narrator Don Hooper delivers with ease at a moderate tempo. The spiritual undertones of Cullen's work mesh well with Hooper's steady pace and lyrical tone. Hooper emphasizes every word and subtly speeds up to... Read More

  • DECONSTRUCTED

    DECONSTRUCTED

    by Liz Talley | Read by Christina Delaine, Mikhaila Aaseng

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Christina Delaine and Mikhaila Aaseng combine forces to tell the story of Cricket and Ruby. When Cricket, owner of an antique store, discovers her husband is cheating on her, she turns to her employee, Ruby, to help her cope. Delaine takes on the chapters from Cricket's point of view, and Aaseng handles the ones from Ruby's. Each narrator is aptly suited to the... Read More

  • THE MATCH

    THE MATCH Wilde, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook is an edge-of-your-seat gripper. It’s the second in a series about Wilde, a loner hero who as a small boy survived living alone in the woods, nobody knew how, or for how long. Decades later he still doesn’t know who he is or why he was abandoned. It makes zero difference if you haven’t already met Wilde or the marvelous attorney Hester Crimstein, or the rest of... Read More

  • FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN

    FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN

    by Jonny Garza Villa | Read by Avi Roque

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    This coming-of-age audiobook kicks off when high school senior Julián "Jules" Luna drunkenly outs himself, bringing both risk and relief. It's risky to be openly gay in a Texas town rife with homophobes--his own father among them. Yet it's a relief to finally be himself, to trust in his unwavering friendships, and to pursue a complicated yet hopeful long-distance romance with... Read More

  • THE SILENT SISTERS

    THE SILENT SISTERS Charles Jenkins, Book 3

    by Robert Dugoni | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In a spy thriller, atmosphere is everything. For an audiobook set primarily in Moscow, having a narrator such as Edoardo Ballerini, who can handily discharge Russian phrases and provide a convincing local accent, is essential. In this third volume in the Charles Jenkins series, Ballerini sturdily voices the intrepid spy, who returns to Russia to locate two missing double agents... Read More

  • THE FALLEN STONES

    THE FALLEN STONES Chasing Butterflies, Discovering Mayan Secrets, and Looking for Hope Along the Way

    by Diana Marcum | Read by Stacy Gonzalez

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Stacy Gonzalez infuses her narration with the humor and warmth that are among the most notable features of Marcum's writing. This is a story about butterflies, and there are plenty of them flitting about. Gonzalez is an expressive performer and brings substantial energy to this account of butterflies and the country of Belize. She uses substantial changes in pitch and... Read More

  • THE GIFT OF BLACK FOLK

    THE GIFT OF BLACK FOLK

    by W.E.B. Du Bois | Read by Arnell Powell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    W.E.B. Du Bois's classic history of the presence and influences of African descendants in the U.S. comes to listeners in a new audiobook narrated by Arnell Powell. Powell's measured, naturalistic pace and conversational tone engage 21st-century listeners with the sociologist's 1924 narrative, giving easy access to its review of a wide range of topics: Black involvement in... Read More

  • THE SEVEN DAY SWITCH

    THE SEVEN DAY SWITCH

    by Kelly Harms | Read by Arielle DeLisle, Megan Tusing

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Arielle DeLisle and Megan Tusing portray the two halves that make up this hilarious story based on switched identities. DeLisle and Tusing give voice to two very different mothering styles in Celeste and Wendy. After a drunken neighborhood potluck, each woman wakes up in the body of the other. The narrators do an excellent job of maximizing the humor behind Celeste as... Read More

  • ONE STEP TOO FAR

    ONE STEP TOO FAR Frankie Elkin, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lisa Gardner | Read by Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Hillary Huber uses perfect pacing and emphasis as bestselling thriller writer Gardner creates the second in a series featuring missing person specialist Frankie Elkin. Huber's narration matches this audiobook's intensity as Frankie searches for a young man who has gone missing after a wild bachelor party in a national forest. Huber employs shifts in tone and allows... Read More

  • DIGGING UP LOVE

    DIGGING UP LOVE Taste of Love

    by Chandra Blumberg | Read by Keylor Leigh, Amir Abdullah

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Shake the dust off your boots with this paleontology romance, featuring a dual narration by Keylor Leigh and Amir Abdullah. Leigh portrays Alisha Blake, a cookie baker in rural Illinois. Alisha's voice is midrange with bell-like undertones, and Leigh captures the guilt that keeps her working at her family's local barbecue restaurant. Leigh also creates unique voices for... Read More

  • THE GODDESSES OF KITCHEN AVENUE

    THE GODDESSES OF KITCHEN AVENUE

    by Barbara O'Neal | Read by Carly Robins, Kim Staunton, Allyson Johnson, Susan Dalian

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    A robust cast delivers a dynamic performance of this slice-of-life story. Trudy is not quite content. She had a lovely family before her separation, but now she misses having a spark in her life. Then she bonds with four eccentric women from Kitchen Avenue. The shared friendship grows stronger as the women maneuver through their own struggles, such as marital problems and the... Read More

  • SOMETHING SO SWEET

    SOMETHING SO SWEET Honey Hill, Book 1

    by Joy Avery | Read by Inger Tudor, Pierre Brooks

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Inger Tudor and Pierre Brooks's heartfelt narration offers listeners a warm welcome to the small town of Honey Hill as a battle of wills unfolds between Mayor Lunden Pierce and visitor Quade Cannon. Tudor adopts a sweet Southern drawl for Lunden's dialogue that evokes the town's Southern location. The confidence in her voice perfectly reflects the headstrong mayor as... Read More

  • WELCOME TO COOPER

    WELCOME TO COOPER

    by Tariq Ashkanani | Read by Ryan Jordan McCarthy, Frankie Corzo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Ryan Jordan McCarthy keeps listeners guessing in this fresh take on a police drama. Disgraced DC homicide cop Thomas Levine has been reassigned to small-town Cooper, Nebraska. There, he encounters rampant corruption and dirty cops while investigating a gruesome murder. McCarthy portrays Levine in a brooding, deep voice, enhancing the bleak, dark tone of the story. His... Read More

  • THE WEARY BLUES

    THE WEARY BLUES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Langston Hughes | Read by Dion Graham

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Dion Graham's deep, melodious voice and natural sense of story give this classic book of Hughes's early poems a revelatory power. His sense of timing, clear timbre, and syncopated cadence elevate this remarkably diverse collection. Voicing the poet's jazz style, Graham smartly hooks onto Hughes's musicality: notably in the jazzy "Harlem Nightclub," rhythmic "Song for a Banjo... Read More

  • THE ROBBER GIRL

    THE ROBBER GIRL

    by Franny Billingsley | Read by Kimberly Woods

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Kimberly Woods deftly delivers the puzzle of the Robber Girl, keeping listeners guessing. The Robber Girl knows she should listen to her dagger and help Gentleman Jack find the gold that is rightfully his. But when a robbery goes wrong, the Robber Girl finds her world turned upside down. Woods's narration starts out tough as she portrays the skeptical Robber Girl and... Read More

  • SOMETHING FABULOUS

    SOMETHING FABULOUS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alexis Hall | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Nicholas Boulton narrates a delightful romp through romance tropes and genres. Trying to do the right thing, or whatever Valentine Layton, Duke of Malvern, understands that to be, has only landed him in upsetting situations. Boulton perfectly captures Valentine’s tendency to become stiff and overly formal when he is distressed. Being stuck with the deeply annoying (but... Read More

  • THE MORNING AFTER

    THE MORNING AFTER Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette, Book 2

    by Lisa Jackson | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Natalie Naudus's quietly intense narration ratchets up the tension in this gruesome psychological thriller. Listeners will be riveted by the audio's opening scene, in which a woman wakes to find that she has been buried alive--with another body in the same coffin. Detective Pierce Reed is assigned to the case, only to discover that he has a personal connection to the victim and... Read More

  • THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

    THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit

    by Aja Raden | Read by Aja Raden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    FROM THE PUBLISHER: We always wonder why we believed the lie. But have you ever wondered why you believe the truth? People tell you the truth all the time, and you believe them; and if, at some later point, you're confronted with evidence that the story you believed was indeed true, you never wonder why you believed it in the first place. In this incisive and insightful... Read More

  • MOB RULE IN NEW ORLEANS

    MOB RULE IN NEW ORLEANS

    by Ida B. Wells-Barnett | Read by Kristyl Dawn Tift

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett recounts the violence perpetrated by a white mob in New Orleans after two Black men were approached by white policemen in July 1900. Narrator Kristyl Dawn Tift projects Wells-Barnett's professional manner through a direct, informative tone. With few pauses, Tift enumerates the occurrences leading up to countless deaths. There is a calm urgency in... Read More

  • HUNTER'S HOPE

    HUNTER'S HOPE Vampire Motorcycle Club, Book 2

    by Alyssa Day | Read by Mia Madison, Oliver Clarke

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Mia Madison and Oliver Clarke join forces to bring to life the romance between Alice Darlington, ghost whisperer, and Hunter Evans, who has just been turned into a vampire. Hunter encounters Alice while she is rescuing a raccoon, and he is immediately drawn to her. Evil forces are after both Alice and Hunter, and Madison and Clarke bring tones of menace to their... Read More

  • INNATE MAGIC

    INNATE MAGIC The Marrowbone Spells, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Shannon Fay | Read by Peter Kenny

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Peter Kenny narrates an alternate-reality fantasy set in post-WWII London. Paul Gallagher, a sewer of magic clothes, is eager, ambitious, and willing to do almost anything to reach his goals, but when he's offered a chance at his biggest dream, Paul must examine his priorities. Kenny imbues his portrayal of Paul with both cheerful optimism and a staggering naïveté. Paul always... Read More

  • THE TASTE OF GINGER

    THE TASTE OF GINGER

    by Mansi Shah | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Soneela Nankani takes listeners on the roller-coaster ride of emotions felt by Preeti when she returns to India for the first time since she was 7. Nankani portrays a brokenhearted young woman who has put a high-paying job before following the man she loves. This mistake becomes clear to her as the wife of her beloved brother hovers between life and death. Nankani... Read More

  • WELCOME BACK, MAPLE MEHTA-COHEN

    WELCOME BACK, MAPLE MEHTA-COHEN

    by Kate McGovern | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Soneela Nankani creates a believable portrayal of a biracial Jewish-Indian girl who is grappling with dyslexia. Though she's intelligent and creative, 11-year-old Maple Mehta-Cohen has successfully hidden her inability to read from everyone. But her teacher finally notices and recommends that Maple repeat fifth grade. Nankani sympathetically portrays Maple's shame as... Read More

  • HER NAME IS KNIGHT

    HER NAME IS KNIGHT Nena Knight, Book 1

    by Yasmin Angoe | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Tamika Katon-Donegal delivers Angoe's debut thriller with the intensity it deserves. The plot has two interwoven timelines: The "before" chapters provide the backstory of Nena Knight as a teen in Ghana; the "after" chapters bring us into her current life as an assassin living in Miami. Katon-Donegal shines in the "before" chapters, delivered in the first person with a... Read More

  • THE WEDDING PARTY

    THE WEDDING PARTY

    by Liu Xinwu, Jeremy Tiang [Trans.] | Read by Caroline McLaughlin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Caroline McLaughlin makes the most of this romp through a wedding day, told through the eyes of Auntie Xue, an ambitious, exasperated mother who is also the matriarch of her neighborhood. Fans of Chinese fiction will find much to admire as McLaughlin sets an energetic pace for a story filled with colorful characters and their slightly manic antics. She moves us from Auntie Xue... Read More

  • THE SUNSHINE CLUB

    THE SUNSHINE CLUB

    by Carolyn Brown | Read by Brittany Pressley

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    As Sissy returns home to Newton, Texas, after the sudden death of her beloved Aunt Blanche, narrator Brittany Pressley makes her grief palpable for listeners. In childhood, Blanche and her two dear friends, Gussie and Ina Mae, formed the Sunshine Club. Now, as they cope with their loss, Sissy starts to fall for Pastor Luke. Pressley gives Luke, a man of God, a calm manner... Read More

  • THE BURNING SWIFT

    THE BURNING SWIFT Shadow Skye, Book 3

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joseph Elliott | Read by Gary Furlong, Fiona Hardingham, Nina Yndis

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Gary Furlong, Fiona Hardingham, and Nina Yndis narrate from three points of view in the final book of this trilogy, set primarily in a mythical medieval Scotland years after a war with England. As Jaime, Furlong pauses in the perfect places to accentuate the character's lack of confidence. Yndis's Sigrid does not speak the native language well; her dialogue is broken and... Read More

  • STAR MOTHER

    STAR MOTHER Star Mother, Book 1

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Khristine Hvam

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Khristine Hvam narrates this captivating fantasy with the relaxed pace and warmth of a summer's day. In this mythological tale, Ceris is a young woman who volunteers to sacrifice her own life to birth a star with the Sun God. Listeners will appreciate Hvam's credible delivery of characters ranging from simple townsfolk to celestial beings as Ceris journeys through space and... Read More

  • BLUE

    BLUE

    by Emmelie Prophète, Tina Kover[Trans.] | Read by Krystel Roche

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Krystal Roche's youthful voice melds childhood memories with adult reflection, propelling this novel into the realm of poetic memoir. It is October 2001, and the unnamed protagonist of the story is traveling back to Haiti for a visit after living in the U.S. Roche's Haitian cadence adds a dreaminess to all the details. Bright airport windows, cups of roasted coffee, a... Read More

  • IF THE FATES ALLOW

    IF THE FATES ALLOW A Short Story

    by Rainbow Rowell | Read by Rebecca Lowman

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Rebecca Lowman captures common feelings of uncertainty and dread in her narration of Rowell's pandemic romance, set in Nebraska. Lowman's husky, drawn-out voice creates a memorable portrayal of Reagan (from Rowell's FANGIRL), who details the precautions she takes to visit her grandfather for Christmas. Lowman faithfully reproduces Reagan's pugnacious, resentful... Read More

  • DON'T LOOK NOW

    DON'T LOOK NOW

    by Mary Burton | Read by Hillary Huber, Alan Carlson, Kirt Graves, Heather Firth, Zara Eden, Joyce Oben

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    An ensemble of six narrators performs this contemporary romantic suspense set in Texas. Years after homicide detective Jordan Poe finds her sister strung out, tied up, and nearly dead, memories of what her sister went through still haunt her. When a string of similar victims surfaces in the seedy underbelly of Austin, Poe teams up with Texas Ranger Carter Spencer to stop the... Read More

  • THE EASY LIFE IN KAMUSARI

    THE EASY LIFE IN KAMUSARI Forest, Book 1

    by Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Brian Nishii brings the wide-eyed antagonist of this enchanting audiobook to life with subtle humor and warmth. Yuki is an 18-year-old Japanese urbanite who finds himself unwittingly agreeing to spend a year in deep nature learning the art and skill of forestry. One of Yuki's new colleagues throws his phone battery away, essentially cutting Yuki off from his old life... Read More

  • THE HAPPY ACCIDENTS

    THE HAPPY ACCIDENTS

    by Jamie Beck | Read by Amanda Ronconi, Emily Woo Zeller, Sarah Mollo-Christensen

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Three women's lives are forever changed after a crazy birthday celebration trip has unexpected and far-reaching effects. Narrators Amanda Ronconi, Emily Woo Zeller, and Sarah Mollo-Christensen's narrations complement each other and make the shifts in point of view from chapter to chapter smooth and unobtrusive. Ronconi portrays recently divorced and adventurous Jess in a perky... Read More

  • A CONSPIRACY OF MOTHERS

    A CONSPIRACY OF MOTHERS

    by Colleen van Niekerk | Read by Kineta Kunutu

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kineta Kunutu's South African accent is paired with a slow, melodic cadence for the sweeping narration of this convoluted novel. The story is set on the eve of the nation's vote for the first post-Apartheid presidency. Three generations of mothers--grandmother Rachel; her artist daughter, Yolanda, recently returned from America; and mixed-race granddaughter... Read More

  • THE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

    THE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

    by Weina Dai Randel | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Josh Bloomberg

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Josh Bloomberg jointly perform this novel primarily set in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of 1937-1945. Zeller delivers the chapters told from the perspective of Aiyi, whose privileged upbringing, beauty, and good business sense are not enough to protect her from the hardships of war. Bloomberg performs the chapters focused on Ernest, a... Read More

  • THESE TOXIC THINGS

    THESE TOXIC THINGS

    by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Susan Dalian

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners join Mickie, a digital archaeologist, who is assigned to record the stories of 12 special mementos that have been collected by Nadia, the owner of a curiosity shop. After their first meeting, Nadia dies of an apparent suicide, and Mickie starts to realize there's more to the stories than first meets the eye. Susan Dalian's narration keeps the tension building in this... Read More

  • BROWN BOY NOWHERE

    BROWN BOY NOWHERE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sheeryl Lim | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Ramón de Ocampo is a one-man teen cast in this fresh send-up of high school insiders and outsiders. Filipino-American skater Angelo Rivera is devastated when his family moves from San Diego to the middle of nowhere. De Ocampo is equally at ease with Angelo's constant jokes and his mother's emotional Tagalog outbursts. Enduring racist bullying and microaggressions,... Read More

  • TWO SPIES IN CARACAS

    TWO SPIES IN CARACAS

    by Moisés Naím, Daniel Hahn [Trans.] | Read by Thom Rivera

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When the then unknown Colonel Hugo Chávez stages a coup in 1992, drawing international attention to oil-rich Venezuela, both Cuba and the U.S. send spies to Caracas to help protect their very different interests. Thom Rivera narrates the story with an unemotional authority that complements the writing style of Moisés Naím, whose text is written with journalistic precision.... Read More

  • POLO COWBOY

    POLO COWBOY

    by G. Neri | Read by James Shippy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    James Shippy narrates this sequel to GHETTO COWBOY (2011), which is the basis for the new Netflix movie CONCRETE COWBOY. Now 14, Cole returns to his father's home in Philadelphia's Black cowboy community. To pay off a debt, Cole's father commits Cole to work the summer as a stable boy, caring for polo ponies at a military academy. Shippy strikes a realistic balance between a... Read More

  • A BAFFLING MURDER AT THE MIDSUMMER BALL

    A BAFFLING MURDER AT THE MIDSUMMER BALL Dizzy Heights, Book 2

    by T E Kinsey | Read by Simon Mattacks

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners should hold on tight as narrator Simon Mattacks escorts them on a fast-paced journey with the Dizzy Heights jazz band as they play a gig at the elegant Bilverton House, where an upscale crowd partakes in the latest 1920s jiving. Mattacks accelerates the drama as a wild storm traps the band at the British estate, where the host is found dead. His demise is followed by... Read More

  • RECKONING

    RECKONING Wolfes of Manhattan, Book 5

    by Helen Hardt | Read by Troy Duran, Kendall Taylor, Molly Glenmore, Ryan West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    A quartet of narrators performs the fifth installment of the Wolfes of Manhattan series. Rock and Reid Wolfe will stop at nothing to protect the women they love. After Rock's wife is arrested for the murder of his father and Reid's wife has gone missing, the two brothers work to save their wives by any means necessary. As the story is told from four points of view, narrators... Read More

  • FUZZ

    FUZZ When Nature Breaks the Law

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mary Roach | Read by Mary Roach

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author Mary Roach does a fantastic job narrating her wonderful new foray into science-related stuff. In this instance, she tracks nature's "law-breaking" interactions with the human world. Bears, birds, elephants, macaque monkeys, lethal plants, and more take her into the field around the world. Roach is an observant and witty writer with an eye for detail and a passion for... Read More

  • WOLF POINT

    WOLF POINT Ashe Cayne, Book 2

    by Ian K. Smith | Read by Amir Abdullah

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When the death of a leading Chicagoan is ruled a suicide, his children approach ex-cop-turned-P.I. Ashe Cayne to help investigate his death. Narrator Amir Abdullah brings life to a slightly world-weary Ashe as he reluctantly agrees to take on the case and finds himself drawn into a web of corruption and intrigue in which nothing is quite as it seems. Abdullah's narration is... Read More

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