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  • CLEAN HANDS

    CLEAN HANDS

    by Patrick Hoffman | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Chistina Delaine rises to the challenge of portraying a cast of larger-than-life characters. Ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker is now a high-priced corporate fixer who has been called in to help a top New York law firm with damage control after a young associate loses his phone, which holds important corporate documents. The situation quickly goes from bad to worse as a... Read More

  • THE LAST STARGAZERS

    THE LAST STARGAZERS The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

    by Emily Levesque | Read by Janet Metzger

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Astronomy professor Emily Levesque and narrator Janet Metzger take listeners behind the scenes with professional stargazers. Levesque interviewed numerous colleagues, whose many anecdotes are included in this production. Metzger is subtle in her conveyance of the seriousness and humor found in these stories, which highlight idiosyncrasies among individuals in the field.... Read More

  • JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE

    JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

    by Kristin Kobes du Mez | Read by Suzie Althens

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Is contemporary evangelical Christianity Bible-based, or is it more inspired by pop culture and politics? Narrator Suzie Althens lends a compassionate and thoughtful tone to this new audiobook on how Christian media has informed and changed evangelical Christianity. The author also explores how the politics of the 1970s and beyond have inspired changes to the Christian religion... Read More

  • THE MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA

    THE MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA My Year of Domestic Mayhem

    by Sandra Tsing Loh | Read by Sandra Tsing Loh

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrated by author Sandra Tsing Loh, this hilarious memoir sets a frenetic pace. Right out of the gate, listeners will hear the chaotic thoughts of a 55-year-old woman who is raising two teenage daughters with a partner who seems ambivalent. Loh recounts her medical woes over the year with the appropriate panic and awe as she encounters each new and unwelcome surprise. Finances... Read More

  • WHAT IS THE GRASS?

    WHAT IS THE GRASS? Walt Whitman in My Life

    by Mark Doty | Read by Jonathan Yen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    A combination of deep critical analysis and deeply personal meditation, this audiobook presents an image of Walt Whitman as icon, man, poet, and queer activist. It is also, to a large extent, an autobiography of the highly acclaimed contemporary poet Mark Doty, who explores his life in terms of Whitman's life and poetry. Narrator Jonathan Yen is unobtrusive, letting the text... Read More

  • SEARCH HEARTACHE

    SEARCH HEARTACHE

    by Carla Malden | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Jane Oppenheimer affects an authentic L.A. vibe when voicing this audiobook's many Hollywood elites. Maura Fielder's internal whirlwind begins when she finds her husband viewing a decades-old video of himself sleeping with another woman. Determined to investigate the woman in the video, Maura descends into a Google-frenzied madness that the author crafts into a... Read More

  • YOU EXIST TOO MUCH

    YOU EXIST TOO MUCH

    by Zaina Arafat | Read by Zehra Jane Naqvi

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Zehra Jane Naqvi has a youthful sounding voice, which is put to good use as she narrates this novel about a young, unnamed Palestinian woman. Naqvi embodies the confusion, irritation, and rage of the heroine while growing up in Palestine. Naqvi gives voice to the narrator's ruminations about the gender double standards she increasingly confronts in her conservative society.... Read More

  • A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY

    A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

    by Nicole Chung [Ed.], Mensah Demary [Ed.] | Read by Cindy Kay

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Chinese-Thai-American narrator Cindy Kay delivers a powerful performance in this audiobook. With daily negative messages from popular media, it can be easy to classify humans by categories such as refugees and immigrants without seeing the individuals behind them. In this compilation from CATAPULT magazine, the human aspects of those who have taken on those classifications... Read More

  • ONE MIGHTY AND IRRESISTIBLE TIDE

    ONE MIGHTY AND IRRESISTIBLE TIDE The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965

    by Jia Lynn Yang | Read by Laural Merlington

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Laural Merlington conveys a sense of urgency as she recounts the contentious history of immigration reform in twentieth-century America. The years between 1924 and 1965 brought unprecedented change to immigration policies, moving from the overtly racist Immigration Act of 1924 to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which finally made it possible for Asian,... Read More

  • NOTHING IS WRONG AND HERE IS WHY

    NOTHING IS WRONG AND HERE IS WHY Essays

    by Alexandra Petri | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Rebecca Gibel offers a humorous performance of this collection of satirical essays that provide insight into several political topics. Gibel's crisp and understated yet energetic voice explains how safe spaces coddle American children and deny them the same struggles their parents experienced. With tongue in cheek, Gibel also states the author's "claim" that Trump is a... Read More

  • THE TRADITION

    THE TRADITION

    by Jericho Brown | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    In this third collection of poems by the 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, narrator JD Jackson steadily delivers a heartfelt narration of what Brown describes his book to be about: "the normalization of evil . . . and why these things, as heinous as they are, are normal in our time and in our culture." In this short audiobook, Jackson is clear, moderately... Read More

  • DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES

    DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES Stories

    by Vanessa Hua | Read by David Shih, Cindy Kay

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators David Shih and Cindy Kay lend their voices to Vanessa Hua's compelling short story collection, which reveals the secrets and desires of individuals straddling different cultures. Raised in immigrant families, Hua's characters are torn between their families' expectations and their desire to forge their own unique lives. Shih's fluid narration is tender, imbuing even... Read More

  • BOYS OF ALABAMA

    BOYS OF ALABAMA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Genevieve Hudson | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Charlie Thurston's performance transports listeners into a modern fantasy laced with themes of cultural differences, gay romance, and the battle between science and religion. German native Max can bring dead animals back to life with his touch. After moving to Alabama, he enrolls in a Christian school, becomes engrossed in the "boys being boys" culture of the football team, and... Read More

  • ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION

    ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

    by Russ Giguere, Ashley Wren Collins, David Geffen [Fore.] | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Russ Giguere, the original member of the successful mid-sixties pop group The Association, offers a chatty memoir that serves as a mini-portrait of its evolution. The band is well known for the familiar and tuneful "Never My Love," "Cherish," and "Along Comes Mary." Narrator Peter Berkrot provides a workmanlike performance. His thin voice and matter-of-fact tone are somewhat... Read More

  • THIS TOWN SLEEPS

    THIS TOWN SLEEPS

    by Dennis E. Staples | Read by Kaipo Schwab

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Ojibwa author Dennis Staples's first novel introduces Marion, a young Ojibwa man who has left the res but is often drawn back, searching for his identity and purpose. A mix of family history, mystery, and cultural exploration is unevenly brought to life by narrator Kaipo Schwab. Telling the story in the voice of Marion, Schwab gives listeners the feeling of connecting with this... Read More

  • LONDON'S TRIUMPH

    LONDON'S TRIUMPH Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City

    by Stephen Alford | Read by John Lee

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator John Lee's strikingly deep voice, crisp accent, and powerful enunciation constitute an admirable and powerful tool, but one that here overpowers his material. The topic is grand--the story of London as the center of British trade and exploration that transformed England from a backwater to a budding empire over the course of the sixteenth century. But it's still... Read More

  • COUNTERPOINT

    COUNTERPOINT A Memoir of Bach and Mourning

    by Philip Kennicott | Read by Paul Heitsch

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Paul Heitsch walks a tightrope in this memoir. He must not tumble into rage or wallow in regret. Kennicott's mother was born to be a concert violinist. The wreck of her career wrecked the mother who survived. "Life gave her little joy, and when she died, it was in anguish, without any sense of peace." As the cancer triumphed, her son listened and listened to a Bach... Read More

  • UNWORTHY REPUBLIC

    UNWORTHY REPUBLIC The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

    by Claudio Saunt | Read by Stephen Bowlby

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    In this indictment of the systematic expulsion of 80,000 indigenous people during the 1830s, narrator Stephen Bowlby's empathetic style smartly lets the stories' damning evidence speak for itself. He seamlessly captures the bureaucratic ineptitude and cruel governmental indifference underlying President Andrew Jackson's horrific plan to send the southeastern tribes to less than... Read More

  • VERA VIOLET

    VERA VIOLET

    by Melissa Anne Peterson | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This hypnotically narrated debut tells a dark story that takes place in rural Washington state. Narrator Cassandra Campbell captures unflinching depictions of rural poverty and the oppressions of capitalism as they affect a group of young white friends. Amid the atmospheric Pacific Northwest setting, meth, depression, a myriad of violent acts, and grief saturate the narrative.... Read More

  • THE WHITE BLACKBIRD

    THE WHITE BLACKBIRD A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter

    by Honor Moore | Read by Stockard Channing

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Stockard Channing's eccentric, canny, and wholly absorbing performance is perfect for this quite riveting biography. The poet Honor Moore follows her bestselling life of her father, Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore, with a study of her grandmother, Margarett Sargent, a gifted painter, Boston Brahmin, and society "it" girl. Margarett is compellingly interesting in the way of Zelda... Read More

  • SMALL DAYS AND NIGHTS

    SMALL DAYS AND NIGHTS

    by Tishani Doshi | Read by Siiri Scott

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Doshi's novel is moving and poetic, and narrator Siiri Scott excels with its well-developed dialogue. Following a divorce, Grace Marisola finds herself leaving the U.S. and returning to Pondicherry, India, to cremate her mother and settle her estate. There she discovers she has an older sister who has been institutionalized. Grace's journey is compelling and entertaining as she... Read More

  • FRANCHISE

    FRANCHISE The Golden Arches in Black America

    by Marcia Chatelain | Read by Machelle Williams

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    The author examines the fascinating relationship between franchise companies like McDonald's and black communities across the nation over the past half-century. Machelle Williams gives this rich history a straightforward narration that invites listeners to learn more about the resilience and ingenuity of black communities while also highlighting their struggles with fast food... Read More

  • THE PERFECT WORLD OF MIWAKO SUMIDA

    THE PERFECT WORLD OF MIWAKO SUMIDA

    by Clarissa Goenawan | Read by Cindy Kay, David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Cindy Kay and David Shih unfold the questions behind a woman's death in this slow-moving mystery with elements of magical realism. Ryusei Yanagi falls head over heels in love with his fellow student, Miwako Sumida, a woman whose life has always been kept under wraps. Persistent as he is, she refuses his advances. Then, Miwako is found dead of suicide, having left no... Read More

  • THE OFF-ISLANDER

    THE OFF-ISLANDER

    by Peter Colt | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Hard-boiled private eye Andy Roark has an accent that displays his South Boston roots, but his years around military personnel have given his voice a hint of the American South. Bringing the two speech patterns together sounds challenging, but narrator Keith Sellon-Wright manages to pull it off. Roark is on assignment, tracking down a father who abandoned his family. There are... Read More

  • A SMALL TOWN

    A SMALL TOWN

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The small town in this audiobook is decimated by the horrific aftereffects of a prison breakout. When, after two years, the 12 masterminds behind the breakout remain at large, police officer Leah Hawkins takes a leave of absence to hunt them down and take revenge. Christina Delaine's accomplished narration holds the listener's attention as Leah crosses the country, seeking out... Read More

  • THE BEAR

    THE BEAR

    by Andrew Krivak | Read by Eric Jason Martin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Eric Jason Martin guides listeners through an apocalyptic world in which the last two humans on earth, an unnamed man and his unnamed daughter, try to survive in the wild and commune with nature. As this audiobook progresses and reality blurs, Martin remains steadfast and strong with his narration. The girl never seems too surprised by the strange happenings, and it is... Read More

  • SPIRIT RUN

    SPIRIT RUN A 6000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land

    by Noé Alvarez | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Listeners will be captivated by the emotion in narrator Ramon de Ocampo's voice in this beautifully written account of a young man's life-changing journey. Alvarez sought to understand his own history and future on a run celebrating indigenous history and tradition. At age 19, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants drops out of college to join the Peace and Dignity... Read More

  • HOMIE

    HOMIE Poems

    by Danez Smith | Read by Danez Smith

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Danez Smith IS spoken-word art! This gender-neutral National Book Award finalist is full of funk and flavor, and is fearless in delivering personal poetic narratives. Smith opens by discussing why their audiobook is called HOMIE. This work is definitely not for the faint of heart. It wakes you up. Smith speaks of identity through experiences addressing race, queerness,... Read More

  • AUDIENCE OF ONE

    AUDIENCE OF ONE Television, Donald Trump, and the Politics of Illusion

    Earphones Award Winner

    by James Poniewozik | Read by Matthew Josdal

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Matthew Josdal's delivery style--low-key, neutral, and occasionally skeptical--makes him the right voice for this fresh perspective on Donald Trump. The premise: Trump is a brand mascot, not much different than Mr. Clean or Colonel Sanders, who has "jumped off the cereal box" and into the White House. This triumph of brand over man has its roots in TV's populist... Read More

  • CREATURES

    CREATURES

    by Crissy Van Meter | Read by Piper Goodeve

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Piper Goodeve is the ideal narrator for this coming-of-age audiobook. The story is mainly told from the first-person perspective of Evie, who is awaiting the return of her fiancé, Liam, who may be lost at sea. Evie lives on an island off the coast of California with her charming but irresponsible father. Her mother has returned for Evie's upcoming wedding after several years'... Read More

  • A FOOL'S ERRAND

    A FOOL'S ERRAND Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lonnie G. Bunch III | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    JD Jackson's exemplary narration draws listeners into this account of the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. With his warm and inviting tone, Jackson fully inhabits the thoughtful and perceptive persona of the author, who was the museum's founding director, to such a degree that... Read More

  • NIGHT THEATER

    NIGHT THEATER

    by Vikram Paralkar | Read by Raj Ghatak

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This fast-paced and deftly narrated medical thriller-cum-parable packs an emotional punch with a side of gore. Raj Ghatak narrates the story of a surgeon in rural India who one night is visited by a murdered family of three. The undead visitors come to the surgeon with a desperate request, and over the course of the long night, a series of decisions is made and secrets are... Read More

  • DINNER IN CAMELOT

    DINNER IN CAMELOT The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

    by Joseph A. Esposito, Rose Styron [Fore.] | Read by Tom Perkins, Rose Styron

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In April 1962, a fascinating collection of intellectuals and Nobel Prize winners gathered for a White House dinner hosted by President John F. Kennedys and the first lady. With his quintessentially American voice, narrator Tom Perkins delivers this well-researched narrative, which celebrates the achievements of mid-century American scholars, scientists, and literati and their... Read More

  • BLOOMLAND

    BLOOMLAND

    by John Englehardt | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The destructive impact of gun violence comes to life in this stirring audiobook, narrated with intensity by Charlie Thurston. Set in the South, this debut novel reads like a documentary, which is an ideal format for Thurston, whose delivery is reminiscent of the best TV anchormen. The audiobook begins when a student kills 12 people at his university library, using his... Read More

  • IN THE DREAM HOUSE

    IN THE DREAM HOUSE A Memoir

    by Carmen Maria Machado | Read by Carmen Maria Machado

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Carmen Maria Machado's memoir of psychological abuse by a former girlfriend dissects their relationship from many perspectives, each described within the framework of a highly original metaphor (all of which the author claims are not metaphors). As she opens the doors on her experience, Machado's voice is soft and steady, simultaneously vulnerable and assured. Acclaimed for her... Read More

  • WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE?

    WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE?

    by Brock Clarke | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Peter Berkrot gives a perfectly pitched performance in this existential take on a midlife crisis. At the funeral of his mildly famous mother, a theologian, Calvin Bledsoe meets his long-lost Aunt Beatrice and embarks on an unexpected adventure across the globe with her. Berkrot's narration is wry and matter-of-fact, providing a counterpoint to the increasingly zany... Read More

  • THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE

    THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE

    by Kimi Eisele | Read by Gabra Zackman

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    In this sci-fi audiobook, two people, both portrayed by narrator Gabra Zackman, are trying to find their way back to each other. In the future, the global economy has collapsed, and the electrical grid has failed. Despite the chaos, Carson is travelling across the country to Beatrix, who is working to build a new way of life in her neighborhood. This is a hopeful... Read More

  • MEET ME IN THE FUTURE

    MEET ME IN THE FUTURE Stories

    by Kameron Hurley | Read by Traci Odom, Eric Michael Summerer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Traci Odom and Eric Michael Summerer narrate different stories in this collection, but they have something in common. They both are engaging storytellers. These 16 previously published stories gathered together in this audiobook form a disparate vision of the future. Each narrator adopts an easy conversational tone until the stories call for intensity, suspense, or some other... Read More

  • A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

    A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Curdella Forbes | Read by Robin Miles

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It is difficult to imagine that this extraordinary story could be even better, but Robin Miles's sublime narration accomplishes that feat. In 1958, just before Jamaica's independence, a childless couple adopts an abandoned infant and names him Moshe. His pale skin, mismatched- colored eyes, and hair brand him as unusual in his community, and his racial definition mirrors... Read More

  • AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

    AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS A Very Short Introduction

    by Andrew Preston | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright brings a workmanlike approach to his narration of this brief and balanced guide by Canadian historian Andrew Preston. Preston's writing is well ordered, if dry. Sellon-Wright does little to lift it from the page even when the author describes potentially dramatic challenges in international relations as the U.S. moved from a colony to a republic,... Read More

  • MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE

    MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America

    by Nefertiti Austin | Read by Allyson Johnson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This engaging audiobook, expertly narrated by Allyson Johnson, sets out to fill a void in the literature about motherhood with stories by, for, and about single black adoptive mothers. When Austin decided to adopt, she found, to her disappointment, few resources for families like hers. Weaving together memoir, history, and critique, she examines the ways society stereotypes and... Read More

  • BAGEHOT

    BAGEHOT The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

    by James Grant | Read by Jonathan Cowley

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    For those with a serious interest in the evolution of banking, this audiobook is a must-listen despite narrator Jonathan Cowley's lack of engagement. Walter Bagehot (pronounced "badget") was one of those multitalented Victorians whose ideas have continued to echo in the present. Although he also wrote biography, literary criticism, and political analysis, this audiobook focuses... Read More

  • ORDINARY GIRLS

    ORDINARY GIRLS

    by Jaquira Diaz | Read by Almarie Guerra

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    A gripping, gorgeous story from start to finish is brought to life by narrator Almarie Guerra. Like author Jaquira Díaz, Guerra was born in Puerto Rico and is bilingual. In a smooth, engaging voice that isn't overly theatrical, she brings a balance of spirit and restraint to her delivery of Díaz's electric memoir. The listener follows Díaz from her childhood in the projects in... Read More

  • GRINNELL

    GRINNELL America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West

    by John Taliaferro | Read by Joe Barrett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In a deep, gravelly voice, narrator Joe Barrett ably presents this account of the life of George Bird Grinnell, who is arguably the impetus behind the creation of the American conservation movement. A Yale-educated New Yorker, Grinnell was a scholar who excavated dinosaurs on the Great Plains, accompanied Custer in the Black Hills, assisted in mapping Yellowstone, and became a... Read More

  • THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BURMA

    THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BURMA Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

    by Thant Myint-U | Read by Assaf Cohen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Assaf Cohen is a capable narrator for this thorough examination of the many issues plaguing the nascent democracy of Burma. He is academic, earnest, and informative throughout the chapters that outline the promise and limitations facing the nation. Cohen makes clear the complex, intertwined factors of race, government, and economics that compete for dominance. He brings forth... Read More

  • DEATH IS HARD WORK

    DEATH IS HARD WORK

    by Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price [Trans.] | Read by Neil Shah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Neil Shah gives an eloquently unadorned narration of this modern quest novel, set in Syria. On his deathbed, Abdel asks his eldest son, Bolbol, to return his body to his ancestral burial ground. The journey is not far, yet it traverses the most dangerous part of the war-ravaged country. Bolbol enlists the help of his criminally suspect brother, Hussein, and his flighty sister,... Read More

  • A GRIP OF TIME

    A GRIP OF TIME When Prison is Your Life

    by Lauren Kessler | Read by Hollis McCarthy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Both author and narrator deliver high-quality work in this audiobook. Kessler is journalist and teacher who went inside Oregon State Penitentiary to teach writing to men serving life terms for murder. Narrator Hollis McCarthy does a good job portraying both the teacher and the inmates. She conveys empathy for the men while evoking deep sympathy for their victims, both the dead... Read More

  • THE LONG FLIGHT HOME

    THE LONG FLIGHT HOME

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alan Hlad | Read by Simon Vance

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Simon Vance works his magic on this well-written WWII novel inspired by the contributions made to the war effort by homing pigeons. Not to worry--listeners will also find plenty of action scenes, terror behind enemy lines, and a sweet romance. Vance masterfully differentiates characters from Maine, several parts of the UK, France, and Germany. The lead female... Read More

  • ESCALANTE'S DREAM

    ESCALANTE'S DREAM On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

    by David Roberts | Read by Robert Fass

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Writer David Roberts originally sets out to follow the path of the two Franciscan priests who led an exploration through the U.S. Southwest in 1776. But he soon deviates from his mission, and those deviations show up in Robert Fass's faithful narration of this audiobook. Whether Roberts is waxing nostalgic for maps or grumbling about how little people know about Silvestre Vélez... Read More

  • BLACK CARD

    BLACK CARD

    by Chris L. Terry | Read by Leon Nixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Leon Nixon delivers author Terry's style flawlessly. With his deep voice and, at times, laconic pace, Nixon narrates with a nuanced tone that draws listeners into the internal struggles of a mixed-race young man who grapples to find his place in the world. While routinely alienated by white people, he seems incapable of validating his blackness and finds himself... Read More

  • DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS

    DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

    by Sady Doyle | Read by Chloe Cannon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Audiobook listeners will find lots to chew on in this compelling examination of the myths and belief systems that uphold patriarchy. Chloe Cannon's cadenced narration lends Doyle's work the gravitas it deserves. From nineteenth-century gothic novels and ancient Irish folklore to classic slasher movies and contemporary true-crime stories, Doyle explores how the myth of female... Read More

  • GOLD DUST WOMAN

    GOLD DUST WOMAN A Biography of Stevie Nicks

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Stephen Davis | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Christina Delaine's performance often feels like rock singer Stevie Nicks herself is telling her story. Delaine conjures up visions of Stevie with her melodious voice, which can turn sharp as a knife when the story makes it necessary. And what a story it is: Everyone wanted her, but no one wanted to love her. This audiobook relies heavily on interviews with friends and... Read More

  • YALE NEEDS WOMEN

    YALE NEEDS WOMEN How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant

    by Anne Gardiner Perkins | Read by Erin Bennett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    In 1969, Yale University first welcomed women undergraduates. Erin Bennett's narration is an excellent companion to this account of the challenges these women faced amid this monumental change. Bennett's voice is clear and precise, never wavering even as she describes the isolation, sexual harassment, flagrant injustices, and rampant sexism these women had to navigate in order... Read More

  • HELP!

    HELP! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

    by Thomas Brothers | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright makes this friendly dose of musicology even friendlier with his relaxed delivery and mellow tone. The audiobook builds upon a thesis-like setup--a comparison of Duke Ellington's decentralized, opportunistic approach to musical collaboration and the egalitarian, fraternal approach of Lennon and McCartney. The work is populated by interesting... Read More

  • LIFELINES

    LIFELINES

    by Heidi Diehl | Read by Christa Lewis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This appealing audiobook offers a new view of timeless concepts. As narrator Christa Lewis recounts the lives of Louise and her extended family members, the impact of time, art, and history echo through this novel. When a funeral reunites people long separated, the past is explored alongside the present. There is something welcoming in the broad expanse of human... Read More

  • AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

    AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

    by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy [Trans.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    If you admire Miss Marple's cleverness but secretly wish she would embrace crime rather than solve it, you'll enjoy Suzanne Toren's narration of these five stories about 88-year-old Maud. Toren gives Maud's machinations a dignity and even righteous indignation that belie Maud's actions. Toren also perfectly conveys Maud's clever ability to play upon people's underestimation of... Read More

  • THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

    THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

    by Felicity McLean | Read by Cat Gould

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The unsolved disappearance of three girls from their small town in Australia is recounted by 11-year-old Tikka Malloy, portrayed by Cat Gould. In a time shift, the adult Tikka remains haunted by guilt, as she and her older sister knew the girls were planning to run away yet never told anyone. Gould's native Australian accent lends a useful authenticity to the narrative, but the... Read More

  • PATSY

    PATSY

    by Nicole Dennis-Benn | Read by Sharon Gordon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It's tough to imagine anyone other than Sharon Gordon narrating this culture-rich novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in New York City. Gordon's portrayal of a variety of Jamaican voices--from softly melodic Jamaican-American dialect to hearty Kingston street patois--keeps this performance soaring despite the hardships of the characters. Longing for a better life, as well... Read More

  • UNDERLAND

    UNDERLAND A Deep Time Journey

    by Robert Macfarlane | Read by Matthew Waterson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Listeners will feel claustrophobic as they wend their way through this audiobook, but not because of narrator Matthew Waterson. On the contrary, Waterson's even pacing and soft British accent make for an ideal guide. It's the subject matter that takes us to dark, cramped spaces. In this follow-up to his previous titles on mountains and remote places, Robert Macfarlane explores... Read More

  • THE SUMMER DEMANDS

    THE SUMMER DEMANDS

    by Deborah Sharpiro | Read by Hillary Huber

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook draws listeners in slowly and holds on tight. Beautifully narrated by Hillary Huber, the story introduces an engaging protagonist and a compelling location. Emily, who is turning 40 and is questioning everything about her life after a miscarriage, has just inherited an abandoned summer camp with her husband. After moving there, she discovers an unexpected... Read More

  • DARK CONSTELLATIONS

    DARK CONSTELLATIONS

    by Pola Oloixarac, Roy Kesey [Trans.] | Read by Justine Eyre

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Justine Eyre's breathless delivery of this genre-bending novel, especially its unvarying cadence, can quickly become monotonous for the listener. The three interconnected stories in this second work by the award-winning Argentine author are set in different time periods--the age of exploration, the nineteenth century; the beginning of the digital age, the 1980s; and the near... Read More

  • GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN

    GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gordon H. Chang | Read by David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator David Shih does a remarkable job with this audiobook about the contributions of Chinese immigrants in the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad. His deep, gentle voice is inviting, and he urges us to keep listening by pacing himself well and enunciating clearly. Shih gives Chang's story depth and heft by accentuating the trials these workers were forced to... Read More

  • CHINA DREAM

    CHINA DREAM

    by Ma Jian, Flora Drew [Trans.] | Read by David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    David Shih delivers the quiet, contemplative voice at the center of this dystopian novel set in modern China. He creates the satirical figure of Ma Daode, a party official who is corrupt and plagued by his subconscious. Shih strikes the right chord of understated irony as listeners are led into an increasingly absurdist breakdown of reality. Ma Daode is supposed to create a... Read More

  • ZORA AND LANGSTON

    ZORA AND LANGSTON A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Yuval Taylor | Read by Bahni Turpin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Bahni Turpin engages the listener with this complex dual biography of writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. While both are known as luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, this audiobook explores the lesser known aspects of their friendship and collaboration throughout the 1920s and ‘30s, which ended in a bitter split. Turpin keeps the pace of the work flowing... Read More

  • A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

    A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

    by Mathangi Subramanian | Read by Jeed Saddy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jeed Saddy brings to life the four buoyant women who educate us on the power within the downtrodden. Her range as a narrator is put to good use as she switches between Deepa, Joy, Rokshana, and Padma. The girls, and their mothers, work together to keep the city of Bangalore from demolishing their only home. Ironically named Heaven, the slum is all they have--except for each... Read More

  • THE INGENIOUS

    THE INGENIOUS

    by Darius Hinks | Read by Gabrielle Baker

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Gabrielle Baker takes charge of a complicated and strange world, the setting for a dense tale of political exile, alchemy, and raw ambition. The two main characters are from opposite ends of every conceivable spectrum, but Baker recognizes and plays off of their similarities. This interplay between the two characters is central to the audiobook. Isten is a feisty... Read More

  • THE PANDEMIC CENTURY

    THE PANDEMIC CENTURY One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

    by Mark Honigsbaum | Read by John Lee

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Listeners may find themselves checking for symptoms as they explore this well-researched volume detailing efforts to identify and eradicate better known and more obscure pandemics of the twentieth century, including Spanish influenza, parrot fever, AIDS and ebola. John Lee's narration appreciably enhances this illuminating audiobook. His steady voice, careful pacing, and... Read More

  • LADYSITTING

    LADYSITTING My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lorene Cary | Read by Lorene Cary

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Lorene Cary does a fantastic job narrating her outstanding memoir, shading it with the nuanced emotions it requires. In a wonderfully paced storytelling voice, she captures the reverberations that occur when her grandmother, who lived to be over 100, moves into her home. Her story is filled with all the love, pain, frustration, guilt, sadness, and, most of all, the appreciative... Read More

  • TINDERBOX

    TINDERBOX The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

    by Robert W. Fieseler | Read by Paul Heitsch

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With minimal emotional inflection, Paul Heitsch narrates this account of the fire that led to the rise of the gay liberation movement. On June 24, 1973, 31 men and one woman perished in an arson fire at The Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans bar. It was the worst attack against gays until 2016. Time and again, descriptions of the dead, dying, and burned are juxtaposed with news... Read More

  • ROUGH MAGIC

    ROUGH MAGIC Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

    by Lara Prior-Palmer | Read by Henrietta Meire

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Lara Prior-Palmer jokes that her upper-class British accent is full of entitlement, and narrator Henrietta Meire certainly possesses that posh undertone in her accent. But Prior-Palmer is also authentic and self-deprecating, and Meire expresses that likability with energy and vulnerability in her voice. At 19 years old, on a whim and with no experience or preparation,... Read More

  • HOW TO DO NOTHING

    HOW TO DO NOTHING Resisting the Attention Economy

    by Jenny Odell | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Listeners expecting instruction on the art of doing nothing (especially those who hope to unplug, listen, and return to work refreshed and productive) will be surprised: This audiobook is less about HOW to do nothing than WHY to do nothing--it illuminates what we gain by doing less and unplugging from the "cult of productivity." Narrator Rebecca Gibel offers a spirited sense of... Read More

  • IN MY MIND'S EYE

    IN MY MIND'S EYE A Thought Diary

    by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jan Morris's quirky, endearing, stimulating collection of daily thoughts is given a wholehearted narration by Jennifer M. Dixon. Now that the renowned travel writer and essayist is in her 80s, opportunities for voyaging far and wide have diminished. Though she has settled into the Welsh countryside, her opinions haven't moderated. Dixon doesn't sound exactly like Morris, whose... Read More

  • THE WALL

    THE WALL A Novel

    by John Lanchester | Read by Will Poulter

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Will Poulter takes on the role of Private Kavanagh, who reluctantly serves on the Wall. In this dystopia, the United Kingdom has built a wall to keep out rising sea levels as well as those who seek to escape "the change." Poulter's dispassionate narration tells the first-person story of a young man who is trained to be a protector of the wall. Poulter makes the right... Read More

  • AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN

    AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN A History from Colonial Times to Today

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pamela S. Nadell | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Suzanne Toren employs her considerable vocal talent to help listeners view America's history through the lens of the female Jewish experience. The work begins in 1654 with the first arrivals and spans more than 350 years. Toren's steady voice and empathetic tone, clear diction, and comfortable pacing engage listeners with this survey of the personal stories of... Read More

  • OPTIC NERVE

    OPTIC NERVE

    by Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kyla Garcia provides a bright voice for the unnamed woman, an art gallery tour guide, at the heart of this Argentinian novel. Speaking in the first person, the protagonist finds her extensive knowledge of painting, both current and historical, blending into her own personal experiences. Approaching middle age and battling cancer, she reminisces about significant events... Read More

  • COURTING MR. LINCOLN

    COURTING MR. LINCOLN A Novel

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Louis Bayard | Read by Robert Fass, Tavia Gilbert

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction. Mary Todd and Joshua Speed tell compelling stories detailing the way their lives entwined with Abraham Lincoln's. In 1840, Mary comes to Springfield with marriage on her mind. She meets handsome, charming Speed and awkward Lincoln, an unimpressive... Read More

  • NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL

    NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War

    by J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda | Read by Robertson Dean

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This powerful audiobook will give listeners a unique perspective on what may be the hottest topic in American politics today. The author visits detention centers on the U.S. border to defend people who are asking for asylum. Narrator Robertson Dean uses his inimitable smooth baritone to bring Sepúlveda's experiences to life. In addition to Dean's near-perfect diction, he adds... Read More

  • SHORTEST WAY HOME

    SHORTEST WAY HOME One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pete Buttigieg | Read by Pete Buttigieg

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    It seems almost contradictory to describe the narration of an autobiography as exuding a sense of humility—but that is the best description of this work by the youngish mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg writes intelligently in a way that nearly any listener will understand. He is soft-spoken, yet it’s clear what’s important to him. Sections about his family and personal... Read More

  • SEA MONSTERS

    SEA MONSTERS

    by Chloe Aridjis | Read by Justine Eyre

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre channels an uncertain and wistful teenager. Restless and hungry for adventure, 17-year-old Luisa, who lives in Mexico City, impulsively decides to run off to an Oaxacan beach with an acquaintance named Tomás. Starting with the dubious aim of finding a troupe of Ukrainian dwarves who have recently disappeared from a Soviet circus touring Mexico, Luisa is... Read More

  • BIVOUAC

    BIVOUAC

    by Kwame Dawes | Read by Beresford Bennett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Beresford Bennett's narration of this dramatic story set in Jamaica during the 1980s moves at a steady pace. The protagonist, Ferron, is dealing with the death of his father. The rhythm of Bennett's tone and pace changes when he portrays Ferron and speaks in a Jamaican dialect. His solemn yet energetic intonation reflects the political upheaval on this small island. When he is... Read More

  • OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE AFFAIRS

    OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE AFFAIRS Stories

    by D. Wystan Owen | Read by Antony Ferguson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Anthony Ferguson narrates this debut collection of 10 stories, all set in the fictional town of Glass on the coast of England. With a pace as steady as a metronome, he lets each story flow into the next. The stories focus on damaged characters who are preoccupied by hurts, secrets, and missed opportunities but still hopefully reaching out for human connection and finding grace.... Read More

  • THE SCIENTIFIC SUBLIME

    THE SCIENTIFIC SUBLIME Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alan G. Gross | Read by Bob Souer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Several popular audiobooks attempt to explain contemporary science, the best known being Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. In this work Gross is unique in his focus on one central feature, the sublime--in nature, in the theories of scientists, and in scientific writing. Bob Souer proves an excellent choice as narrator for this challenging and provocative text.... Read More

  • THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES

    THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES

    by Devi S. Laskar | Read by Jeed Saddy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Jeed Saddy tells the story of a woman known only as Mother. This novel, which focuses on the second-generation immigrant experience, takes place in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta over only one day. Saddy employs accents to differentiate characters. The accent of the protagonist's Bengali mother is especially effective, as is the childish lilt Saddy gives Middle Daughter... Read More

  • THE BURGLAR

    THE BURGLAR

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Christina Delaine effectively captures the strength, confidence, and smarts of Elle Stowell, the burglar at the center of Perry's latest audiobook. In the course of her well-planned burglary of a wealthy Los Angeles home, Elle comes upon a brutal murder scene and suddenly finds herself the target of a militaristic security force. She decides that she has to solve the... Read More

  • THE OPPOSITE OF HATE

    THE OPPOSITE OF HATE A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

    by Sally Kohn | Read by Sally Kohn

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Once listeners adapt to Sally Kohn's abrupt tone and quick pacing, they'll recognize an authentic humanist with a knack for communicating passion when sharing an idea or a poignant story. The progressive CNN commentator offers remedies for the scourge of hatred gripping our country. She describes at the personal level how quickly we can hate or "otherize" people who don't look... Read More

  • THE NEW ORDER

    THE NEW ORDER Stories

    by Karen E. Bender | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Tavia Gilbert's narration of these unsettling stories is deeply satisfying. The first work in this excellent collection is about two longtime friends who have drifted apart but who are working together to figure out what to do if their synagogue is attacked. This piece, like the others in this book, is steeped in the current American realities of violence, politics, and... Read More

  • SUGAR RUN

    SUGAR RUN

    by Mesha Maren | Read by Hillary Huber

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The ability to portray empathetic characters is one of narrator Hillary Huber's signature skills. Listeners will be moved by the gritty story of felon Jodi McCarty, who was convicted of murder at age 17, imprisoned for life, and then unexpectedly released 18 years later. In a tone of awe and loss, Huber lets Jodi's slow movement into her new world of freedom gradually unwind.... Read More

  • THE BETRAYALS

    THE BETRAYALS

    by Fiona Neill | Read by Kate Lock, Sarah Ovens, Huw Parmenter, David Thorpe

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The four narrators of this story speak in the voices of two parents and their two children, all of whom, through their own faulty memories, are reflecting on the vacation that changed their lives forever. Filled with OCD, adultery, cancer, medical quacks, and characters who are unable to speak honestly, this story is made palatable by the distinct voices and personalities the... Read More

  • WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE

    WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE

    by Sohaila Abdulali | Read by Sohaila Abdulali

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Decades after becoming an icon for speaking openly of her own rape in THE YEAR OF THE TIGER, Sohaila Abdulali sheds further light on the pain, challenges, and nuances of navigating a world in which rape is still prevalent. Her narration enhances the listening experience as both her emotional emphasis and straightforward delivery provide intensity to her words. In the more... Read More

  • EMPRESS

    EMPRESS The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

    by Ruby Lal | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Historian Ruby Lal extracts the real life of seventeenth-century Mughal (Mongul) Empress Nur Jahan from legend, romanticized tales, and political erasure in this engaging audiobook. Suzanne Toren ably narrates Lal's well-researched account of the Indian cosovereign's life--from her birth to aristocratic Persian parents to her short-lived first marriage and life as the twentieth... Read More

  • THE KINSHIP OF SECRETS

    THE KINSHIP OF SECRETS

    by Eugenia Kim | Read by Janet Song

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Left behind by her parents when they immigrate to the United States, young Inja grows up in war-torn Korea. Narrator Janet Song brings listeners this moving novel, based on a true story, telling it in a tender voice at a quick pace. She captures the confusion and loneliness of Inja's childhood by creating a gentle and youthful persona. Song also takes us into the frustration of... Read More

  • BURNING DOWN THE HAUS

    BURNING DOWN THE HAUS Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Tim Mohr | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook is an amazing piece of work. Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's delivery could only have been made better with snippets of the punk songs that inspired a generation to defy the tyranny of the East Berlin regime in the 1980s. Davies provides a sincere narration. While Americans enjoyed the music of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and others, young East Berliners lived... Read More

  • LET IT BANG

    LET IT BANG A Young Black Mans Reluctant Odyssey into Guns

    by RJ Young | Read by RJ Young

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    RJ Young brings the listener into American gun culture through this humorous memoir of his life as the son-in-law of a gun enthusiast. He narrates his story with ease and a matter-of-factness that seems to say, "This is what it's like being on the inside. Nothing less, but most likely more." Although he shares stories of being a black man walking into areas that aren't quite... Read More

  • DIGITAL RENAISSANCE

    DIGITAL RENAISSANCE What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture

    by Joel Waldfogel | Read by Mike Chamberlain

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Depending who's talking, digital technology has been a boon for the increasing sophistication and economic opportunities in pop culture--or a contributor to the downfall of industries and the demise of morals in society. In this audiobook, Waldfogel leverages data, economic theory, and suitable analogies to argue that the reality is much more complicated. Narrator Mike... Read More

  • HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE

    HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sy Montgomery | Read by Sy Montgomery

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Naturalist and bestselling author Sy Montgomery narrates her memoir on animals that have shaped her life and her understanding of the world. She taps the full range of experience: Her stories are engaging and touching, humorous and terribly sad. Montgomery's narration captures her deep sense of wonder and affection for the creatures she studies--from Octavia the octopus to a... Read More

  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TRANSGENDER SCIENTIST

    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TRANSGENDER SCIENTIST

    by Ben Barres, Nancy Hopkins [Foreword] | Read by Paul Boehmer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Dr. Barres's autobiography is a straightforward account of the life of one of the leading neuroscientists of our time who happened to be transgender. The audiobook has three themes: the discovery of the importance of a distinct type of brain cell and the promise it holds for understanding a wide range of debilitating conditions, gender discrimination within the scientific... Read More

  • JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST DANCE

    JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST DANCE

    by Sherry Jones | Read by Adenrele Ojo

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    This is an audiobook for people who want to know who was Beyoncé before Beyoncé, or Madonna before Madonna. Josephine Baker led a life that sounds more like that of a character in great literature than a groundbreaking entertainer, civil rights champion, and possible spy. But Baker was all of this and more. She was an international star, and Jones's fictionalized account of her... Read More

  • FROM COLD WAR TO HOT PEACE

    FROM COLD WAR TO HOT PEACE The Inside Story of Russia and America

    by Michael McFaul | Read by LJ Ganser

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    LJ Ganser delivers an easygoing conversational style in narrating these memoirs of the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. McFaul recounts his journey from his high school days through his undergraduate and graduate studies and NGO work in Russia and, finally, his tenure as United States Ambassador to Russia. Deeply involved in politics, McFaul was both an observer and a... Read More

  • INSURRECTO

    INSURRECTO

    by Gina Apostol | Read by Justine Eyre

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Listeners may not have heard of the 1901 Balangiga massacre in the Philippines. That's all the more reason we need Justine Eyre's strong performance in this reimagining of the conflict between the townspeople and American soldiers. Eyre creates smooth transitions between the perspectives of American filmmaker Chiara and Filipino translator Magsalin. Each of the women writes a... Read More

  • LITTLE COMFORT

    LITTLE COMFORT Hester Thursby, Book 1

    by Edwin Hill | Read by Karen White

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Karen White keeps the action moving in this contemporary thriller set in Boston. Hester Thursby, Harvard librarian and amateur sleuth, is hired to locate Sam Blaine, who has been missing for 12 years. He is easily found using an assumed name and mingling with a wealthy Beacon Hill crowd. Despite--or perhaps because of--not using a Boston accent, White excels at... Read More

  • THE TENSORATE SERIES

    THE TENSORATE SERIES 3 Novellas

    by JY Yang | Read by Nancy Wu

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    JY Yang's immersive fantasy novellas span twins Akeha and Mokoya's lifetimes as they confront government machinations in this all-in-one audio production. Sold as infants by their imperious mother, The Protector, they emerge with diverging roles and gender identities, which are enhanced by narrator Nancy Wu's keen characterizations. Wu charges the siblings' personal journeys... Read More

  • THE LIES THAT BIND

    THE LIES THAT BIND Rethinking Identity

    by Kwame Anthony Appiah | Read by Kwame Anthony Appiah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Who are you? It's a simple question, and most people will answer it with a reference to race, gender, religion, and/or culture. It's also the question that launches this thoughtful, fascinating, remarkable audiobook. The author narrates his own work and does a terrific job. His reassuring, playful voice, tinged with a British accent, is immediately friendly and knowledgeable.... Read More

  • HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE Stories

    by Nafissa Thompson-Spires | Read by Adenrele Ojo

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Adenrele Ojo has the vocal dexterity to keep up with the many stories in this collection. Presented together, they are a meditation on black identity in contemporary America. Ojo switches effortlessly between humor, anger, and despair, mirroring the characters' range of emotional experiences. She brings us snippy young mothers and depressed teenagers with equal... Read More

  • THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE

    THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE

    by B.A. Shapiro | Read by Xe Sands

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The author's knowledge and love of art come through in this audiobook in which a con man's deception kicks off the misadventures of Paulien Mertens. Narrator Xe Sands is challenged by a story that features characters from several countries, including real-life figures such as Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse. Sands's unique velvety voice melts words and phrases into each other.... Read More

  • THE COST OF LIVING

    THE COST OF LIVING A Working Autobiography

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Deborah Levy | Read by Henrietta Meire

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    With a poet's eye and a playwright's gift for compression, Levy's observations range from philosophical ponderings to elegant details of the quotidian. Henrietta Meire's intimate narration gives flesh and blood to Levy's sketches. Just as her marriage is crumbling, Levy loses her mother. The stress of these developments forces her to reflect on her place in a world in which she... Read More

  • ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW

    ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW A Memoir

    by Nicole Chung | Read by Janet Song

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Janet Song explores the complex emotions of adopted children in this memoir about family. Song recounts the confusing upbringing of author Nicole Chung, a Korean who was adopted by Americans and raised in a small, mostly Caucasian town in Oregon. Song's narration is sensitive as she delivers details of subtle discrimination against Chung and her nagging questions about... Read More

  • SEAWEED CHRONICLES

    SEAWEED CHRONICLES A World at the Water's Edge

    by Susan Hand Shetterly | Read by Laural Merlington

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Listening to Laural Merlington narrate these pieces--which reflect on the quietly central role seaweed plays in the life of the ocean and in our own earthly lives--is strangely addictive. Merlington's calmly intense delivery of Maine writer Shetterly's insights offers a sense of conviction and urgency without ever hitting a strident note. Merlington's mature thoughtfulness is... Read More

  • AMERICAN EDEN

    AMERICAN EDEN David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

    by Victoria Johnson | Read by Susan Ericksen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This is a listen that makes it easy to understand why Johnson's book was a National Book Award finalist. The story of David Hosack is one of those great untold stories of individuals who lived fascinating lives but for some reason are not remembered in most history books. Narrator Susan Ericksen does a fine job capturing the many interests, and interesting intersections, Hosack... Read More

  • FLY GIRLS

    FLY GIRLS How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

    by Keith O'Brien | Read by Erin Bennett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Erin Bennett's clear, crisp articulation highlights the stories of five female pilots who sought to compete in air races from 1927 to 1936. The story culminates with the best-known event of the period, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Bennett reflects the author's horror at the many accidents suffered by pilots over the years, as well as his indignation at the... Read More

  • TASTING THE PAST

    TASTING THE PAST The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine

    by Kevin Begos | Read by PJ Ochlan

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    After tasting a little-known red wine while on assignment in Jordan, journalist Begos set off to find the origins of that bottle and to learn why most commercial wine is produced from only a handful of grape varieties. Narrator PJ Ochlan's pleasant, expressive delivery takes listeners on this journey, which explores wine's role in ancient history, religion, culture, and... Read More

  • DAMNATION ISLAND

    DAMNATION ISLAND Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

    by Stacy Horn | Read by Pam Ward

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Pam Ward couldn't have provided more contrast between her delivery and this audiobook's title. Her sprightly, exuberant style shines a bright vocal light on what is otherwise a dark, troubling story. Ostensibly the story of the asylum on Roosevelt Island, then called Blackwell's Island, in New York's East River, it's really a tale of what nineteenth-century society did... Read More

  • SOUTHERNMOST

    SOUTHERNMOST

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Silas House | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Charlie Thurston deftly navigates this road story of a father and son on the run. Silas House's depiction of conflicted evangelical faith in the South begins with Pastor Asher Sharp, who makes an offer to help a gay couple following a flood and then loses his job and, after a messy divorce, custody of his precocious 9-year-old son, Justin, because of this act of... Read More

  • IN THE DISTANCE WITH YOU

    IN THE DISTANCE WITH YOU

    by Carla Guelfenbein, John Cullen [Trans.] | Read by Nicol Zanzarella, Robert Fass

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This quiet, character-driven novel, set in Chile, features four principal characters, but only three have a voice. After suffering a fall, 80-year-old Vera, a famous, reclusive author, is in a coma, unable to communicate. Narrator Nicol Zanzarella performs the chapters told from the perspective of Emilia, a Franco-Chilean graduate student who's researching Vera's life. Robert... Read More

  • STILL LIVES

    STILL LIVES

    by Maria Hummel | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert masterfully lures listeners into the flashy, sinister Los Angeles art world and keeps them on the edge of their seats throughout Hummel's provocative thriller. Gilbert uses her carefully articulated, sometimes breathless voice to tell the story of Maggie, a young museum publicity writer who is suddenly thrust into the search for artist Kim Lord, who has... Read More

  • A SPY NAMED ORPHAN

    A SPY NAMED ORPHAN The Enigma of Donald Maclean

    by Roland Philipps | Read by Jonathan Cowley

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    The story of the Cambridge spies of the 1940s and '50s is already well represented in audiobooks--in several incisive histories and biographies, and in two classic espionage novels, John le Carré's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, available narrated and dramatized, and John Banville's THE UNTOUCHABLE, wonderfully narrated by Bill Wallis. This new biography of Donald Maclean, the... Read More

  • THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE

    THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE

    by Heather Abel | Read by Tanya Eby

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Don, Caleb, Rebecca, and David are trying to make sense of life in their own ways. Tanya Eby is an upbeat and energetic narrator whose energy is put to good use in portraying these widely different characters. She uses a wry undertone to highlight the frustrations of teenage David. Lovesick Rebecca is portrayed as dreamy and somewhat... Read More

  • WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

    WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

    by Brandon Hobson | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Eric Summerer narrates Cherokee author Brandon Hobson's new novel. His deliberate pacing and almost dispassionate tone underscore 15-year-old Sequoyah's alienation and observations of his new foster family. While a coming-of-age story, this realistic account of some months in the 1980s from the later vantage point of full adulthood is not a young adult listen, although older... Read More

  • THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES

    THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Michael Imperioli | Read by Michael Imperioli

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Author and narrator Michael Imperioli draws on his acting skills to elevate this coming-of-age drama about a young man and his friendship with rock god Lou Reed. It's New York in the mid-70s, and Matthew is moving with his mother to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Imperioli lets the grit and grime of the streets infuse his delivery. With a tone of innocence and wonder... Read More

  • COME WEST AND SEE

    COME WEST AND SEE Stories

    by Maxim Loskutoff | Read by Wendy Tremont King, John McLain

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Wendy King and John McLain do fine work capturing the cadences and intonations of the sometimes-enigmatic characters in these linked stories. All but one of these fictions occurs in a frightening mythic construct called the Redoubt, loosely located in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The narrations are tricky as many of the characters talk and think in survivalist,... Read More

  • WELCOME TO LAGOS

    WELCOME TO LAGOS

    by Chibundu Onuzo | Read by Robin Miles

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The rough-and-tumble life of a Nigerian army officer is rife with drama, and Robin Miles narrates the dilemmas confronting Chike Ameobi. Her measured, steady performance underscores Ameobi's decency and inner battle to remain an ethical man at a time of upheaval. Miles's delivery excels during the lengthy descriptions of scenery and during Ameobi's interior monologues. She... Read More

  • NIGHT MARKET

    NIGHT MARKET

    by Jonathan Moore | Read by James Patrick Cronin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    San Francisco is a crumbling near-future hellscape in Moore's latest audiobook, narrated by James Patrick Cronin. Homicide Inspector Ross Carver and his partner aren't sure what to make of a body they find that is seemingly being eaten away by a moss-like substance. Minutes after their discovery, they are shoved into a decontamination chamber and drugged unconscious by the FBI.... Read More

  • RAINBIRDS

    RAINBIRDS

    by Clarissa Goenawan | Read by David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Ren Ishida's older sister, Keiko, has been brutally murdered in the small town where she chose to live, away from him and their parents. Narrator David Shih gives a thoughtful voice to this minimalist novel, which is one part murder mystery and two parts family drama. He helps listeners connect with Ren's interior life through the use of somber tones and a hushed pitch, making... Read More

  • NO TURNING BACK

    NO TURNING BACK Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    by Rania Abouzeid | Read by Susan Nezami

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Susan Nezami moves listeners through images of the conflict in Syria that may have numbed us on the nightly news. She begins somberly with the unrest that grew in 2011, telling listeners in precise detail how the nation was turned upside down. Nezami is a strong narrator who recounts current events through the lives of four real-life people, used as main characters.... Read More

  • LEXINGTON AND CONCORD

    LEXINGTON AND CONCORD The Battle Heard Round the World

    by George C. Daughan | Read by Mike Chamberlain

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook history of the first shots of the American Revolution will stir you to your patriotic roots. Author Daughan is anything but impartial, and his account of British intransigence and miscalculation is tempered by Mike Chamberlain's steady, evenly paced delivery. Chamberlain tends to parcel out his sentences, a little like reciting Anglo-Saxon poetry. But his... Read More

  • LEFTOVER IN CHINA

    LEFTOVER IN CHINA The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

    by Roseann Lake | Read by Janet Song

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Janet Song narrates the author's explanation of a unique Chinese social phenomenon--significant numbers of educated, single Chinese women who are choosing independence over marriages defined by traditional gender roles. The Chinese government's one-child policy created long-standing gender inequality. As this imbalance grew, so did, for the first time, the number of only female... Read More

  • PRYOR CONVICTIONS

    PRYOR CONVICTIONS And Other Life Sentences

    by Richard Pryor | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator JD Jackson's baritone is perfect for this candid memoir of comic Richard Pryor, written in 1995 and now available on audio for the first time. Jackson's flexibility and confidence are evident throughout as he brings Pryor's quirky characters to life while performing many of his comedic reflections and monologues. Admittedly, the pronunciation of a handful of older... Read More

  • THE LIFE TO COME

    THE LIFE TO COME

    by Michelle de Kretser | Read by Shiromi Arserio

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In this globe- and decade-spanning audiobook, author de Kretser follows a collection of loosely connected characters, most of them Australian immigrants or émigrés. As the novel travels from Australia to Sri Lanka and France, and back to Australia, narrator Shiromi Arserio capably moves through a wide range of accents. Pippa, a moderately successful, moderately talented author,... Read More

  • LAWN BOY

    LAWN BOY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jonathan Evison | Read by P.J. Ochlan

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This novel comes alive as an audiobook because of narrator P.J. Ochlan's ability to create unique voices for each of Evison's characters. At its core, it's a coming-of-age story featuring Mike Muñoz, a Chicano landscaper who is seeking a break in a society that is seemingly stacked against him. As Muñoz meets the novel's other characters, his life changes, and in small ways, so... Read More

  • BLACK TUDORS

    BLACK TUDORS The Untold Story

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Miranda Kaufmann | Read by Corrie James

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Corrie James narrates Miranda Kaufmann's well-researched history of a little-known aspect of England in the Tudor Age. Kaufmann, a senior research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies, delves into Tudor England and the position of blacks in that society. James matter-of-factly delivers the detailed individual accounts and anecdotes of the... Read More

  • THE RED WORD

    THE RED WORD

    by Sarah Henstra | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Once the listener steps fully into the campus life depicted in this audiobook, the atmosphere is convincing and provocative. As the story gains speed, Emily Woo Zeller's performance becomes even more effective, warming to the conflicts and controversies that simmer between an infamous fraternity and a group of feminist housemates. Caught squarely between the two groups is... Read More

  • HANK AND JIM

    HANK AND JIM The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

    by Scott Eyman | Read by David Colacci

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Iconic actors Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart's long friendship provides a pleasing and positive framework for an informal and episodic dual portrait of two very American men in a time they largely defined. Narrator David Colacci's deep and exacting baritone is a perfect choice for these quintessentially American stories. His precise, unhurried, and nuanced performance adds an... Read More

  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH HUMANKIND

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH HUMANKIND A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species

    by Sang-Hee Lee, Shin-Young Yoon | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller is an affable guide through this brisk introduction to paleoanthropology. Paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee assumes that listeners aren't familiar with her field, and it's apparent in most of the lucid, bite-sized chapters on a variety of topics. Coupled with Zeller's polished delivery, the result is less a classroom experience and more akin to an audio... Read More

  • FRESHWATER

    FRESHWATER

    by Akwaeke Emezi | Read by Akwaeke Emezi

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This compelling audiobook features a Nigerian woman named Ada who fights the various spiritual entities that appear in her body at a young age and steadily grow as she develops. Author Akwaeke Emezi navigates the different voices residing in Ada, who is also in constant dialogue with them. As narrator, Emezi's consistent tempo rhythmically draws listeners into Ada's chaotic... Read More

  • MARKSWOMAN

    MARKSWOMAN Asiana Book 1

    by Rati Mehrotra | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    The audiobook begins with a scene depicting the rite of passage necessary for Kyra to become a markswoman--making her first kill. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller portrays vividly the ambivalence Kyra feels and the transformation that she undergoes as a result. As a member of one of the six orders of Kali, Kyra has earned her katari, the knife to which she is telepathically bound and... Read More

  • WADE IN THE WATER

    WADE IN THE WATER Poems

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

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

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

  • GOING FOR A BEER

    GOING FOR A BEER Selected Short Fictions

    by Robert Coover, T.C. Boyle [Intro.] | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Charlie Thurston's mettle and vocal dexterity are tested in this collection of short fiction by the renowned postmodernist Robert Coover. These stories can be maddening (the repetitions in "The Elevator"); intensely sensual (the love scene in "You Must Remember This"); almost hallucinatory (in the multiple points of view in "The Babysitter"). In these, among others, in... Read More

  • A STATE OF FREEDOM

    A STATE OF FREEDOM

    by Neel Mukherjee | Read by Sartaj Garewal

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Modern India is a place full of people teeming with ambitions, and narrator Sartaj Garewal brings them to life in Mukherjee's linked short stories. Garewal's narration depicts a range of people and places: fathers and sons, drivers and riders. Garewal maintains his enthusiasm across the wide range of characters who struggle to achieve their private dreams. At times, his... Read More

  • SPACE OPERA

    SPACE OPERA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Catherynne M. Valente | Read by Heath Miller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Heath Miller narrates a story that is equal parts scathing social commentary and hilarious send-up of music competitions. In order to prove to the rest of the galaxy that they are sentient and avoid complete annihilation, humanity must compete in an interstellar grand prix of song—if the band chosen to represent them can make it to the competition. Miller shines as the... Read More

  • SADNESS IS A WHITE BIRD

    SADNESS IS A WHITE BIRD

    by Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Read by Neil Shah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    As an American teenager, Jonathan's life is relatively uncomplicated. When he moves to Israel, however, his assumptions about his rights, his country, and his loyalties are turned upside down. Narrator Neil Shah describes Jonathan's turmoil in a somber voice. The steadiness of his pace strongly conveys the persistent violence and danger of living in a place where one's neighbor... Read More

  • WAITING FOR TOMORROW

    WAITING FOR TOMORROW

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

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

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

  • THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES

    THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES

    by Catherynne M. Valente | Read by Karis A. Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    With a supple voice that seems to shift from emotion to emotion effortlessly, Karis Campbell narrates this ingenious collection of monologues by the dead women of the urban fantasy DEADTOWN. As vividly imagined by Valente, Campbell creates varied voices for each of the sluts, mermaids, former punk rockers, and psychosis sufferers, as well as the Deadtown Public Radio talk show... Read More

  • JONATHAN SWIFT

    JONATHAN SWIFT The Reluctant Rebel

    by John Stubbs | Read by Derek Perkins

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Derek Perkins narrates this biography of the author of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS with a distinguished air befitting a historical figure who genuinely wanted improve the culture he was living in. Listeners will enjoy the excitement and intrigue of Swift's world while also appreciating Perkins's matter-of-fact delivery. One is transported back to the early eighteenth century to discover... Read More

  • WHY YOU EAT WHAT YOU EAT

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

    by Rachel Herz | Read by Jo Anna Perrin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

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

  • FEVER

    FEVER

    by Deon Meyer | Read by Will Damron

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A father and a son create a community in which everyone is a pioneer, for better or worse, after a virus kills 90 percent of the world's population. Narrator Will Damron employs an array of voices for the residents of the benevolent community created by Willem Storm. Storm's son, Nico, gives the first-person account. Damron uses a consistently deep voice for Domingo, a stern,... Read More

  • AFTER THE ECLIPSE

    AFTER THE ECLIPSE A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sarah Perry | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Emily Woo Zeller expertly narrates Sarah Perry's memoir, a thoughtful retrospective and a gripping true-crime. In tender and terrible detail, Perry recounts the events before and after her mother's brutal murder. She looks forward to an upcoming annular eclipse, though she warns,"Historically, eclipses are not good signs. After the eclipse comes chaos and disorder, raping and... Read More

  • THE BOMB MAKER

    THE BOMB MAKER

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Joe Barrett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Joe Barrett's phlegmatic tone is simpatico with protagonist Dick Stahl, a retired bomb disposal expert who now runs a security company. The villain is a nameless bomb maker for hire who aims to decimate Los Angeles' bomb disposal team to clear the way for an unknown (even to him) terrorist act. Therein lies the problem: Stahl and his partner, Elaine Hines, are... Read More

  • JAGANNATH

    JAGANNATH

    by Karin Tidbeck | Read by Kirsten Potter

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In a soothing tone, narrator Kirsten Potter delivers the strange and surreal short stories of Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck. Potter transports the listener to a land that is foreign, yet one that is still so very similar to our own. Her calm voice makes the transitions between stories seamless, at times to the point that one doesn't realize a new one is beginning. A few uncommon... Read More

  • FIRE ROAD

    FIRE ROAD The Napalm Girl's Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Ashley Wiersma | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    There are images from history that tell a story so dramatic that they're etched in our mind's eye no matter if we lived during that time or not. The 1972 image of Kim Phuc, who became known as Napalm Girl during the War in Vietnam, is one. With great skill, Emily Woo Zeller narrates the author's life after her village was bombed. You can't help but be drawn into this story as... Read More

  • THE FLOATING WORLD

    THE FLOATING WORLD

    by C. Morgan Babst | Read by Christa Lewis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Christa Lewis sensitively narrates this post-Katrina story of a married couple, their two adult children, and their paternal grandfather. They're disconnected by marital discord, dementia, and trauma as they reunite in New Orleans to face the burden of rebuilding their homes and their lives. Lewis makes each character's grief and guilt palpable through her delivery of dialogue... Read More

  • STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST

    STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST

    by Jessica Keener | Read by Amy Landon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Amy Landon offers an adept narration of this audiobook, a novel that offers an interesting premise but ultimately gets bogged down in repetition and contradiction. Annie and Will are Americans in 1990s Budapest. The parents of an infant, they also aspire to business success and personal enrichment. However, they're getting weary from doors that are closed to them. Landon... Read More

  • WILD HORSE COUNTRY

    WILD HORSE COUNTRY The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang, Americas Horse

    by David Philipps | Read by David Colacci

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With his deep voice, capable of a rumble here and there, narrator David Colacci is well suited to this quintessential American story. Journalist David Philipps offers a look at our nation's wild horses and their future outlook. Their survival depends on the clarifying of myth and history and a clear-eyed examination of government policies. Though billed as a history of the... Read More

  • DUENDE

    DUENDE Poems

    Earphones Award Winner

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

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith has a voice that is almost as beautiful as the imagery in this second collection of her work. She uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem and avoid the tics (such as that rising lilt at the end of each line) that make so many poets poor readers of their own work. Her reading is helped,... Read More

  • IMPROV NATION

    IMPROV NATION How We Made a Great American Art

    by Sam Wasson | Read by David de Vries

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Wasson explores the origin of improv comedy and its rise as a great American art form--from a game for immigrant children in the 1940s to Chicago's Second City to its prominence throughout the contemporary media landscape. Narrator David de Vries's pleasant, clear, and direct voice moves through the facts, the conversations, and the laughs. While the book isn't funny often,... Read More

  • AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

    AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

    by Tayari Jones | Read by Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Prepare for better--and for worse. Narrators Eisa Davis and Sean Crisden skillfully portray Celestial and Roy, whose new marriage is interrupted by Roy's incarceration for a crime he didn't commit. In Part One, the narrators read the couple's letters so intimately that the listener may feel like an intruder. As months drag into years, each narrator coolly offers an invitation... Read More

  • A NATURAL

    A NATURAL

    by Ross Raisin | Read by Shaun Grindell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Tom Pearman, a gay soccer player who has been demoted from one league to another, falls into a relationship with another player. Narrator Shaun Grindell does his best to capture the emotions of these characters. But minor characters shine more brightly than the protagonist, whose equivocal dialogue is much more subtle than that of the more gregarious coaches, a father, a... Read More

  • THE COLD WAR

    THE COLD WAR A World History

    by Odd Arne Westad | Read by Julian Elfer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Julian Elfer narrates this impressive audiobook with a deep pitch and British accent that will be familiar to anyone who lived through the Cold War and remembers the somber documentaries, full of foreboding, that were popular during that era. Elfer's voice is more expressive than those of the Cold War's dour narrators, but he's confined by the book's straightforward approach... Read More

  • LINER NOTES

    LINER NOTES On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things

    by Loudon Wainwright III | Read by Loudon Wainwright III

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Musician Loudon Wainwright recounts his fascinating and sometimes difficult life experiences, the "liner notes" of his life. Recollections include his student days at Carnegie School for the Arts, his hitchhiking travels along Route 66, his turbulent career, and his multiple relationships. Wainwright performs his own songs throughout this hilarious and honest audiobook. The... Read More

  • TECHNICALLY WRONG

    TECHNICALLY WRONG Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

    by Sara Wachter-Boettcher | Read by Andrea Emmes

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Like a friendly litigator making her case to a jury, narrator Andrea Emmes advances the author's thesis that the tech industry's white male mindset is often tone-deaf to sexual orientation, race, gender, age, disability, and personal tragedy. It's a credible argument and should be mandatory listening for those caught in the rush-hour commute to Silicon Valley. In an affable,... Read More

  • NOMADLAND

    NOMADLAND Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

    by Jessica Bruder | Read by Karen White

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook explores a subculture of Americans who have taken to life on the road in response to financial stress. Don't call them homeless, though; these nomads, most of them victims of the disappearing middle class, prefer "houseless." Author Jessica Bruder immersed herself in their world for three years and reports in depth on the positives and negatives of such a... Read More

  • WHAT UNITES US

    WHAT UNITES US Reflections on Patriotism

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner | Read by Dan Rather

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In this era of hyper-partisanship, it is helpful to review the values that unite us. Veteran newscaster Dan Rather does just that in this audiobook, exploring themes such as community, patriotism, and immigration. At the heart of it all is empathy, which Rather says is clearly lacking in many national leaders. Not surprisingly, given his TV background, Rather offers a smooth,... Read More

  • RECKLESS DAUGHTER

    RECKLESS DAUGHTER A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

    by David Yaffe | Read by Xe Sands

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Find yourself some Joni Mitchell music on whatever platform works for you. Maybe BLUE or HEJIRA, a couple of her best albums. Turn it on. Softly. Begin listening to this audiobook. Float away. The author has done a masterful job of research, including new information from recent interviews, and we learn a great deal about Mitchell and her songs. Narrator Xe Sands adopts an... Read More

  • HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

    HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES Stories

    by Carmen Maria Machado | Read by Amy Landon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Amy Landon's candid performance allows the women of Machado's short story collection to speak for themselves. Landon skillfully balances humor, sorrow, and a myriad of other emotions as she draws out the complexities of these women's physical and emotional lives. "The Husband Stitch," reminiscent in some ways of Alvin Schwartz's retelling of "The Green Ribbon,"... Read More

  • SAVAGE COUNTRY

    SAVAGE COUNTRY

    by Robert Olmstead | Read by Danny Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Stark and bleak are good ways to describe the language, landscape, and characters of this novel of the Old West--where, in 1863, dreams are shattered, and greed and cruelty triumph. Narrator Danny Campbell has a wonderful crusty storytelling voice and lovingly reads the historical details, dialogue, and landscape descriptions. Michael Coughlin, now a British citizen, has come... Read More

  • ELMET

    ELMET

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Fiona Mozley | Read by Gareth Bennett-Ryan

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The dialect of northern England is a defining element in Fiona Mozley's kicker of a first novel, a finalist for this year's Man Booker Prize. Narrator Gareth Bennett-Ryan gives just enough of that sound to draw the listener into her strange and savage landscape. At first, and for what seems like many minutes, we have only that voice--the voice of a boy in an identified place,... Read More

  • THE PRAGUE SONATA

    THE PRAGUE SONATA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Bradford Morrow | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    A magnificent obsession sparks Morrow's gorgeous novel, and Christina Delaine's narration adds the needed heat. A plot as intricate as a sonata winds together the German occupation of Prague in 1939; an authentic eighteenth-century musical score hidden from the Nazis; and the life of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist in contemporary New York. Delaine's lush tones allow the... Read More

  • SHADOW OF THE LIONS

    SHADOW OF THE LIONS

    by Christopher Swann | Read by James Anderson Foster

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In the tradition of Knowles's A SEPARATE PEACE, or perhaps Conroy's THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE, this audiobook explores the microcosm of an elite boarding school—and the conflicts that dwell, in this case, behind the leonine statuary guarding the front gates. James Foster is an authoritative narrator whose authentic and accessible delivery makes this an easy listen. His pacing and... Read More

  • BORDER

    BORDER A Journey to the Edge of Europe

    by Kapka Kassabova | Read by Corrie James

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Kassabova's travelogue of Bulgaria, where she spent her early years, and its Balkan neighbors is given an effective narration by Corrie James. Kassabova describes the Balkans as the place that delineated the communist from the non-communist, and still delineates the Christian from the Muslim, Europe from Asia. It is also an area where place, people, and ideas interact. Many of... Read More

  • WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

    WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE

    by Ada Calhoun | Read by Ada Calhoun

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

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

  • THE BEST OF US

    THE BEST OF US A Memoir

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joyce Maynard | Read by Joyce Maynard

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In this soul-baring journey of love, tragedy, and recovery, author Joyce Maynard's satin voice delivers every emotion fluidly. In her mid-50s, Maynard finds the love of her life, and all is right with world. A year later, her husband is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With great skill Maynard modifies her pitch and tone to reflect a register of emotions from joy to... Read More

  • BUNK

    BUNK The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

    by Kevin Young | Read by Mirron Willis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Young systematically tackles the history of intentional misdirection in the U.S., exploring how deceit has harmed us through lenses such as popular culture, journalism, literature, race, history, and more. Mirron Willis's narration drives the prose from P.T. Barnum to Lance Armstrong and to President Trump, keeping listeners attuned with a deep voice and skillful pacing.... Read More

  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY

    ERNEST HEMINGWAY A Biography

    by Mary V. Dearborn | Read by Tanya Eby

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Everyone has heard of Ernest Hemingway, but not everyone knows the man behind the classic novels. Tanya Eby offers a wonderful narration of this in-depth biography of the literary giant. While a female voice reading a biography of a male figure may cause some dissonance to the listener, it does have the feel of sitting with a loving daughter who is recollecting her many fond... Read More

  • THE DOLL FUNERAL

    THE DOLL FUNERAL

    by Kate Hamer | Read by Shaun Grindell, Emma Powell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    As a novel, this is an engaging and well-written story about the way our past shapes who we are and the family ties that bind us. As an audiobook, though, there are times when it's disjointed and confusing. Narrators Shaun Grindell and Emma Powell create compelling voices for the main characters, Ruby, Shadow Boy, and Anna. They also breathe life into each of the supporting... Read More

  • WILD THINGS

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

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Bruce Handy | Read by Bruce Handy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

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

  • A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR

    A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by David Grossman, Jessica Cohen [Trans.] | Read by Joe Barrett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Israeli stand-up comic Dov Greenstein's schtick involves hurling fast-paced insults at his audience in frenetic, hysterical tones. Joe Barrett transcends genre as he delivers a performance that is at once painful, annoying, revealing, heartbreaking, and completely riveting. Barrett is incredible as Dov's screaming and self-punishment peel layers from his life, making his... Read More

  • GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS

    GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

    by Camille T. Dungy | Read by Allyson Johnson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Allyson Johnson narrates the poet Dungy's lyrical examinations of motherhood, race, history, language, and the natural world with gravity. However, the author's stories of the delightful antics of her young daughter, Callie, are read with a welcome lightness. As Dungy weaves historical and personal insights into her essays on raising and traveling with Callie, Johnson guides... Read More

  • ONE NATION UNDER GOLD

    ONE NATION UNDER GOLD How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries

    by James Ledbetter | Read by Jonathan Yen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Gold has glittered in the eyes of Americans--including policy makers--since the Carolina gold rush in the nation's early days. Jonathan Yen's narration carries a bit of that fever, sharing the excitement of gold seekers in California as well as the fervor of political discussion. His voice effectively evokes figures such as John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Nixon. The author... Read More

  • THE LONG HAUL

    THE LONG HAUL A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

    by Finn Murphy | Read by Danny Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author Finn Murphy started driving on a college break. Now he's passed 50, and he's still on the road as a long-distance mover. Narrator Danny Campbell handles Murphy's voice the way listeners would want Murphy to handle their furniture. It's both tough and gently soft-spoken, with a hint of weariness from long experience. Murphy's stories share the dangers of life on the road;... Read More

  • LIFE ON MARS

    LIFE ON MARS Poems

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

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Poet Laureate Tracy Smith narrates her 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, exploring reality and imagination in an expansive universe. She fills the space with purposeful pauses and slow, steady monotones that blend the metaphorical and the actual. There is not much fluctuation in her soft tone, which tends to evoke the feeling that everything is okay, although... Read More

  • TOSCANINI

    TOSCANINI Musician of Conscience

    by Harvey Sachs | Read by Paul Boehmer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This exhaustive biography of world-renowned musician and composer Arturo Toscanini is a significant undertaking for both narrator and listener. Happily, Paul Boehmer has the skill to deliver this lengthy history with the clarity and fluency the excellent writing deserves while maintaining a comfortable pace that advances the text briskly without rushing through the fascinating... Read More

  • THE MOUNTAIN

    THE MOUNTAIN Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Paul Yoon | Read by Tim Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Tim Campbell's understated performance is ideal for Paul Yoon's contemplative short stories, which are linked by characters who are trying to find their place in the world in the wake of loss. Campbell narrates the quietly emotional stories in a meditative tone that is fitting for the poetic and thoughtful prose. Spanning several continents and a number of different... Read More

  • A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DELIGHT

    A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DELIGHT

    by Akhil Sharma | Read by Deepti Gupta, Neil Shah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This collection of short stories featuring Indian protagonists is complemented by the well-considered narrative performances of Deepti Gupta and Neil Shah. Featuring a wide array of characters and a general focus on family and romantic relationships, or the search for them, the stories are enlivened by the narrators' subtle performances of the distinctive characters. Gupta and... Read More

  • LOVE LIKE BLOOD

    LOVE LIKE BLOOD Tom Thorne, Book 14

    by Mark Billingham | Read by Sagar Arya, Mark Billingham, Avita Jay

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Mark Billingham ably narrates the fourteenth book in his series featuring London-based police detective Tom Thorne. It can be unwise for authors to narrate their own work, but Billingham is an exception. He demonstrates that he knows his own shortcomings by using two British Indian actors to voice members of the Asian community in a story involving so-called honor killings. On... Read More

  • STEPHEN FLORIDA

    STEPHEN FLORIDA

    by Gabe Habash | Read by Will Damron

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Will Damron turns in a mesmerizing performance and, for better or worse, immerses listeners inside the twisted mind of Stephen Florida. Stephen's senior year at a small North Dakota college marks his final chance at a wrestling championship, a goal he pursues with frightening intensity as he also comes to terms with the uncertainties of post-college life. Damron... Read More

  • THE GOLDEN LEGEND

    THE GOLDEN LEGEND

    by Nadeem Aslam | Read by Deepti Gupta

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Deepti Gupta is an excellent choice for this story of diverse characters struggling to survive in contemporary Pakistan. Nargis, a middle-aged woman, is full of secrets. She doesn't get to share them with her husband before he is killed as a bystander in a violent neighborhood clash. The story unfolds as tensions rise between Christians and Muslims in her... Read More

  • THE WEIGHT OF INK

    THE WEIGHT OF INK

    by Rachel Kadish | Read by Corrie James

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Helen Watt, a historian who loves Jewish History, and her student assistant, Aaron Levy, study and translate newly discovered Hebrew and Portuguese documents by Rabbi HaCohen Mendez, scribed by Aleph in 1660s London. Corrie James performs this complex tale, which alternates between centuries and across diverse cultures. James adopts two different narration styles and a variety... Read More

  • THE LOST HISTORY OF STARS

    THE LOST HISTORY OF STARS

    by Dave Boling | Read by Gemma Dawson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This engrossing audiobook animates an often overlooked time in history, and Gemma Dawson's nimble narration ably maneuvers the story's nuances. As the Boer War rages, 14-year-old Lettie, her mother, and brother, who are Dutch Afrikaner settlers, are removed from their farm by British soldiers and forced to endure the horrors of a concentration camp. Dawson voices Lettie well,... Read More

  • AMERICAN ECLIPSE

    AMERICAN ECLIPSE A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

    by David Baron | Read by Jonathan Yen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With verbal aplomb and a jaunty pace, Jonathan Yen deftly narrates this tale of scientific adventure. Every 100 years, a total solar eclipse darkens a path across the United States. In 1878, three notable research parties made extraordinary preparations to witness and measure the event. One was led by an eminent, though egotistical, asteroid hunter who was desperate to lay... Read More

  • YOUNG JANE YOUNG

    YOUNG JANE YOUNG

    by Gabrielle Zevin | Read by Karen White

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Karen White animates five perspectives in this story of Aviva, a young intern who has a disastrous affair with a congressman. The story is told by three generations of women, with their narratives advancing the story over 13 years. White excels at using accents, intonations, and emotions to create believable portrayals of primary and secondary characters. With equal... Read More

  • MORNINGSTAR

    MORNINGSTAR Growing Up With Books

    by Ann Hood | Read by Donna Postel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Donna Postel gives the listener the feeling of lounging in a comfortable room while talking about books with a fellow bibliophile. She narrates Ann Hood's memoir of her early life with books in a conversational tone, praising the power of reading to expand a young person's horizons. Postel's steady pace leaves room for listeners to recall their own relationships with... Read More

  • WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL

    WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL

    by David Williams | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In a series of diary entries, an Amish farmer named Jacob recounts his family's experience after a solar storm causes electronics all over the world to fail. Eric Michael Summerer's understated, formal narration is an excellent fit for Jacob, whose diary has an old-fashioned tone. As life for the non-Amish (the titular "English") becomes increasingly desperate, their lives... Read More

  • SO MUCH BLUE

    SO MUCH BLUE

    by Percival Everett | Read by Patrick Lawlor

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Kevin Pace is a 56-year-old artist working on a "private" canvas, 12 feet by 21 feet (and 3 inches), covered only in shades of blue, that may never be shown. It may, or may not, be his masterpiece. Patrick Lawlor narrates three life-defining periods in Kevin's life in an unemotional delivery, making this audiobook a challenging listening experience. The story's parts move from... Read More

  • THE DEVIL'S FEAST

    THE DEVIL'S FEAST Blake and Avery, Book 3

    by M.J. Carter | Read by Alex Wyndham

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In Carter's third Avery and Blake outing, narrator Alex Wyndham's dark, whispery baritone sets the tone as the table is set for some mouthwatering Victorian dishes and a heaping portion of dastardly dealings. Captain William Avery finds himself at a posh dinner at the Reform Club, London's most elegant gentlemen's club. While there, a Whig member of Parliament meets a horrible... Read More

  • OUR SHORT HISTORY

    OUR SHORT HISTORY

    by Lauren Grodstein | Read by Karen White

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Karen White skillfully navigates the barrage of emotions in Grodstein's heartrending story of a dying mother who is writing a memoir for her young son to read when he's older. White's clear delivery captures both the grim determination of the single mother as she fights to maintain normalcy while dealing with terminal cancer--as well as the anger she feels at the cruel... Read More

  • THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS

    THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Paula Poundstone | Read by Paula Poundstone

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Humor

    Comedian Paula Poundstone wanted to know if there's a secret to happiness, so she became the test subject of her totally unscientific research. Listeners are the beneficiaries. In each chapter, she tests a new hypothesis for happiness, starting with getting fit with taekwondo and moving to camping with her daughter, dancing, and spending more time with her family. Along with... Read More

  • THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

    THE WOOD FOR THE TREES One Man's Long View of Nature

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Richard Fortey | Read by Michael Page

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Everything about Fortey's unusual memoir is distinctly British. Narrator Michael Page's precise, stately, and almost courtly British accent perfectly suits Fortey's observations. After retirement from the British Natural History Museum, author Fortey purchases a small beech wood colorfully named Grim's Dyke Wood and closely observes the natural environment for a year. As Fortey... Read More

  • THE LEAVERS

    THE LEAVERS

    by Lisa Ko | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Lisa Ko's debut novel is getting a lot of positive attention, and Emily Woo Zeller's performance of the audiobook does justice to the text. Zeller maintains emotional engagement throughout the story of Deming, a boy whose mother, a Chinese immigrant, mysteriously disappears when he is only 11, leaving him to be adopted by a white couple. Zeller's performance sometimes becomes... Read More

  • HOW TO BE A TUDOR

    HOW TO BE A TUDOR A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life

    by Ruth Goodman | Read by Heather Wilds

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    If you wear linen undergarments and scrub your armpits briskly each morning, you won't smell as bad after a month without bathing as you might imagine. Historian and author Ruth Goodman knows this because she tried it out, saving us potential social embarrassment while providing both entertainment and education. Narrator Heather Wilds starts out rapid-fire and overenunciated,... Read More

  • THE RADIUM GIRLS

    THE RADIUM GIRLS The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

    by Kate Moore | Read by Angela Brazil

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook tells the tragic story of the women who worked with the new wonder element, radium, ushering in a new era for American businesses, and paying for it with their lives. Narrator Angela Brazil has a lively, clear voice, excellent diction, and a great sense of pacing. She maintains her energy throughout this impressive history and varies her approach to keep the... Read More

  • A LITTLE MORE HUMAN

    A LITTLE MORE HUMAN

    by Fiona Maazel | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Whenever a novel begins with the main character struggling to remember what happened the night before, you know weird things are going to emerge. In this memorable audiobook, the unusual things surpass expectations. Narrator Eric Summerer captures the innate tragicomedy of this unique audiobook with verve. He can sound serious and earnest one moment, sardonic and funny the... Read More

  • MAD COUNTRY

    MAD COUNTRY Stories

    by Samrat Upadhyay | Read by Vikas Adam

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Nepali writer Upadhyay's short stories place his characters in unexpected settings. Vikas Adam is a capable narrator who employs a range of accents, pitches, and speeds to characterize the many female and male characters. As the stories move from Nepal to the United States, and back, Adam magnifies the cultural differences between the characters in various scenes of disparate... Read More

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