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  • DAZZLING

    DAZZLING

    by Chikodili Emelumadu | Read by Precious Mustapha, Tara Tijani

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Precious Mustapha and Tara Tijani invite listeners into an extraordinary story based on West African mythology. On the day her uncle dies, Ozoemena becomes the unwitting heir to a supernatural family legacy. After her father's death leaves Treasure and her mother destitute, she strikes up a bargain with a strange man in the market. Mustapha voices Ozoemena as a girl who is... Read More

  • EMPEROR OF ROME

    EMPEROR OF ROME Ruling the Ancient World

    by Mary Beard | Read by Mary Beard

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    History

    Mary Beard's audiobook examines the various roles of the emperor during the first three hundred years of the Roman Empire. Her voice and British accent are pleasant, and a slight lisp is not distracting. Her delivery can be a bit slow, but the pace helps comprehension and is easy to get used to. She smoothly matches tone, emphasis, and the shaping of phrases to the text while... Read More

  • THE NIGHT ISLAND

    THE NIGHT ISLAND The Lost Night Files, Book 2

    by Jayne Ann Krentz | Read by Eva Kaminsky

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Eva Kaminsky portrays three women who spent a night together and awoke with psychic abilities they hadn't had before. Now one of them, Phoebe, has gone missing. Talia March and Luke Rand join forces to find her and to uncover the mysteries of that lost night. They track Phoebe to a remote retreat on Night Island, where they encounter the night gardener, whom Kaminsky... Read More

  • RESURRECTIONS

    RESURRECTIONS

    by Ada Hoffman | Read by Nancy Wu

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This amalgamation of short stories, poems, and other genres defies categorization. Nancy Wu's performance follows suit, bringing a masterful versatility that marks each chapter with its own uniqueness. The collection opens with "Variations on a Theme from Turandot," in which a young slave slowly alters the narrative of the opera she acts in each night. The work that... Read More

  • SKATER BOY

    SKATER BOY

    by Anthony Nerada | Read by Michael Crouch

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Michael Crouch emotionally connects to Wes, whose reputation as a bad boy with rowdy friends, terrible grades, and a quick temper is essential to hiding his gay identity. But when Wes is dragged to a ballet performance by his mom and her potential fiancé, he is immediately enamored with Tristan, a dancer. Crouch conveys Wes's frustration with authority figures, along... Read More

  • THE SHAPE OF TIME

    THE SHAPE OF TIME Rymworld Arcana, Book 1

    by Ryan Calejo | Read by Robb Moreira

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Robb Moreira will amaze listeners as the sole narrator of this audiobook as he gives each character a unique voice. Anxious 14-year-old Anteres lives with his aunt in Miami. His parents, who were cartographers, vanished long ago. One day, Anteres encounters intergalactic strangers at school. Later, creatures leap out of a lightning bolt and kidnap him. Before he knows it, the... Read More

  • BLOOD BETRAYAL

    BLOOD BETRAYAL Detective Inaya Rahman, Book 2

    by Ausma Zehanat Khan | Read by Fareeda Pasha

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Fareeda Pasha skillfully narrates the second book in the Blackwater Falls series, featuring Detective Inaya Rahman and her boss/love interest, Lieutenant Waqas Seif. Both are from the Community Response Team. This time they are investigating two separate shootings of young men of color by two separate white police officers. Pasha captures the Colorado community's despair and... Read More

  • THE SECRET OF LILLIAN VELVET

    THE SECRET OF LILLIAN VELVET Kingdoms and Empires, Book 5

    by Jaclyn Moriarty | Read by Vivian Carter, Philip Bretherton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Ten-year-old Lillian Velvet is an unusual Australian girl. She's lonely, homeschooled by her rigid grandmother, and has a very proper manner of speaking. Vivian Carter perfectly portrays Lillian; her every word and tone are filled with goodness and a desperation for emotional connection. On her tenth birthday, Lillian receives her first present, a jar of gold coins that shove... Read More

  • THE WITCHES AT THE END OF THE WORLD

    THE WITCHES AT THE END OF THE WORLD

    by Chelsea Iversen | Read by Liz Pearce, Amy Scanlon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Amy Scanlon and Liz Pearce create a compelling listening experience as they perform the alternating points of view of witch sisters Kaija and Minna. Their journeys diverge when Kaija leaves their woodland home for the Norwegian seaside community of their childhood and Minna, seething with hatred for the villagers who burned their mother, remains behind. The townspeople come... Read More

  • THE NARROW ROAD BETWEEN DESIRES

    THE NARROW ROAD BETWEEN DESIRES Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.6

    by Patrick Rothfuss | Read by Nick Podehl, Patrick Rothfuss

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Nick Podehl narrates this story, which takes place over one day. Bast, a cocky fae, is apprenticed to Reshi, the keeper of the Waystone Inn, who spends his day adventuring. Children with high-pitched voices visit the lightning tree, where Bast helps them with small problems in exchange for secrets and favors. Shouting and a trembling voice capture Rike's anger at his alcoholic... Read More

  • DAUGHTER OF ASHES

    DAUGHTER OF ASHES Teresa Battaglia, Book 3

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ilaria Tuti, Ekin Oklap [Trans.] | Read by Christina Moore

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Christina Moore gives an expert performance of this third captivating episode featuring Italian police superintendent Teresa Bataglia. Teresa is drawn out of semi retirement to interview imprisoned serial killer Giacomo Mainardi. Secretly dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, Teresa fears her policing days are over. Her meeting with Mainardi releases a flood of memories, which... Read More

  • BRING ME YOUR MIDNIGHT

    BRING ME YOUR MIDNIGHT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rachel Griffin | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    In this classic tale of true love versus duty, narrator Sophie Amoss gives a thrilling performance that teen fantasy lovers will adore. Tana Fairchild is a young witch who was raised for one thing only: to marry Landon, the Governor's son from the mainland, whom she does not know. Tana is fine with this until she meets Wolfe, a witch from the old coven who practices the... Read More

  • THE WOMAN BACK FROM MOSCOW

    THE WOMAN BACK FROM MOSCOW

    by Ha Jin | Read by Catherine Ho

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Even with the large number of Chinese and Russian place and character names, listeners will be rewarded by Catherine Ho's performance of this fascinating historical novel. Sun "Yomei" Weishi (1921-1968), adoptive daughter of Zhou Enlai, is selected to leave China to study acting in Moscow. Ho delivers Yomei's vivid accounts of political upheaval, harsh conditions, and her... Read More

  • SYSTEM COLLAPSE

    SYSTEM COLLAPSE Murderbot Diaries, Book 7

    by Martha Wells | Read by Kevin R. Free

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    What happens when Murderbot has a mental breakdown and can no longer reliably perform its duties? Kevin R. Free narrates the latest installment in the Murderbot Diaries. In a story taking place immediately after NETWORK EFFECT, Murderbot, ART, and their associated humans continue to assist colonists on a planet marked for corporate salvage. Free’s depiction of Murderbot’s... Read More

  • THERE WAS A PARTY FOR LANGSTON

    THERE WAS A PARTY FOR LANGSTON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jason Reynolds | Read by Jason Reynolds

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Acclaimed author Jason Reynolds nimbly narrates his celebration of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Based on a picture of a real party in Hughes's honor at the Schomburg Center, this loving tribute is alive with rhythm. As Reynolds describes how Hughes excelled at making words dance to his tune, he makes his own words dance. He creates an irresistible feedback loop... Read More

  • ORBITAL

    ORBITAL

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Samantha Harvey | Read by Sarah Naudi

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Sarah Naudi offers a luminous narration of Harvey's latest sci-fi, which follows four astronauts and two cosmonauts aboard a space station orbiting the Earth. In a measured, thoughtful tone, Naudi provides a window on the crew's life in orbit, from the dreary mundanity of a malfunctioning toilet to the unsettling awe brought forth by a space walk. The crew members reach for... Read More

  • DARK WATER DAUGHTER

    DARK WATER DAUGHTER Winter Sea, Book 1

    by H.M. Long | Read by Moira Quirk, Samuel Roukin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Moira Quirk and Samuel Roukin take listeners on a thrilling voyage filled with magic and piracy. Mary and Samuel both want something related to the powerful pirate lord, Lirr. Mary wants him dead, while Samuel wants justice. Samuel and Mary make a great team; he is an expert seaman, and she can calm the waters with her voice. The dual narrators offer vastly different... Read More

  • IRON FLAME

    IRON FLAME Empyrean, Book 2

    by Rebecca Yarros | Read by Rebecca Soler, Teddy Hamilton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Rebecca Soler's captivating narration, coupled with Teddy Hamilton's collaborative touch, plunges listeners into the spellbinding realm of Basgiath War College. Chronicling Violet Sorrengail's unyielding fortitude amid grueling trials, encounters with dragons, and intricate relationships, the story emphasizes action and camaraderie over romantic involvements. The intense... Read More

  • MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS

    MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Donna Leon | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Suzanne Toren's exquisite enunciation and no-nonsense manner meld beautifully with Donna Leon's sardonic, witty reflections on Venice and its denizens. Author of the much loved mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, American-born Leon has made her home in the watery city for more than 40 years. Many of her Brunetti mysteries are built around Venice's essential... Read More

  • CITY OF BETRAYAL

    CITY OF BETRAYAL Counterfeit Lady, Book 7

    by Victoria Thompson | Read by Kate Forbes

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Kate Forbes provides a no-nonsense narration of Thompson's popular series. Elizabeth Bates is devoted to getting the 19th Amendment passed. The amendment has been approved by 35 states. Only one more is needed, Tennessee. Elizabeth comes from a long line of con artists and can spot corruption when she sees it. She's astounded by how much of it she's seeing as bankers, railroad... Read More

  • LIGHT BRINGER

    LIGHT BRINGER Red Rising, Book 6

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pierce Brown | Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Tim Gerard Reynolds returns with another installment in the rich sci-fi saga Red Rising. Eight months after DARK AGE, Darrow and his team defend Mars against Lysander, a force working against the Rising. Throughout his mission, Darrow must re-form long-forgotten relationships and create new alliances though he longs to return home to his family. Reynolds's expert performance... Read More

  • THE SUNSET YEARS OF AGNES SHARP

    THE SUNSET YEARS OF AGNES SHARP Agnes Sharp, Book 1

    by Leonie Swann, Amy Bojang [Trans.] | Read by Moira Quirk

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Moira Quirk does an excellent job portraying a variety of senior citizens who are burdened with ailments in this mystery. Agnes Sharp opens Sunset Hall in rural England so she and other geriatrics can age together. When there's a murder next door, the Sunset Hall residents, who are hiding a body in a shed, sense an opportunity: They'll blame that death on the unknown killer.... Read More

  • ALL IT TAKES IS A GOAL

    ALL IT TAKES IS A GOAL The 3-Step Plan to Ditch Regret and Tap into Your Massive Potential

    by Jon Acuff | Read by Jon Acuff

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Productivity expert Jon Acuff narrates his latest audiobook with spontaneity and energy that are absolutely infectious. Part of what makes him connect so strongly with his audience is his frequent use of off-script asides and personal stories--what he calls "bonus content." These impromptu comments, delivered enthusiastically, never fail to energize and entertain. Along with... Read More

  • FAILURES OF FORGIVENESS

    FAILURES OF FORGIVENESS What We Get Wrong and How to Do Better

    by Myisha Cherry | Read by Tracey Conyer Lee

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Forgiveness is misused because it's more complicated than people think, according to an articulate philosopher and expert on emotions and society. You can forgive someone, but what if you're still angry or wary of further transgressions? Are there times when forgiveness should be conditional or withheld altogether? Tracey Conyer Lee narrates with the vocal character of an older... Read More

  • THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE

    THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE Engineer's Wife, Book 2

    by Tracey Enerson Wood | Read by Libby McKnight

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Libby McKnight elegantly narrates a fictionalized history of the courtship and marriage of widow Edith Bolling Galt and the 28th U.S. president, widower Woodrow Wilson. McKnight delivers the deeply personal exchanges between the couple with a perfect understanding of the exquisitely romantic Wilson and the uncertain Galt. This period piece culls from official documents and... Read More

  • THE POLE

    THE POLE

    by J.M. Coetzee | Read by Colin Mace

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Colin Mace portrays the two seniors in this novel. Wittold Walccyzkiecz, a Polish pianist specializing in Chopin, falls in love with the woman who organized his concert in Barcelona. With skill and empathy, Mace uses pauses, changes in pitch, and emphasis as he navigates the complicated plot. Wittold's pursuit of Beatriz is deliberate and sensuous. Mace enhances the story's... Read More

  • YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS

    YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS

    by Toni Shiloh | Read by Jasmin Walker

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Jasmin Walker narrates the story of a woman who returns home for the holidays and unexpectedly finds love. Starr is surprised to see her brother's friend Waylon at her family's Thanksgiving celebration. Neither is the type to have a fling, but their attraction is undeniable. As the year's end approaches, so does Starr's time in DC. Both characters rely on their deep faith to... Read More

  • THE WREN, THE WREN

    THE WREN, THE WREN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anne Enright | Read by Anne Enright, Aoife Duffin, Owen Roe, Liza Ross

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Anne Enright, Aoife Duffin, Owen Roe, and Liza Ross perform Enright's latest novel. Duffin narrates the perspective of Nell, a 20-something who is navigating the complexities of young love and desire. When she meets her new boyfriend's parents, they only want to talk about her grandfather, the famous Irish poet Phil McDaragh. Duffin beautifully captures the frustration and... Read More

  • A CHATEAU UNDER SIEGE

    A CHATEAU UNDER SIEGE Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 16

    by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Robert Ian Mackenzie returns to portray Bruno Courrèges, chief of police in a small town in Dordogne, France. After a high-ranking official in the French Secret Service is injured during a historical reenactment, Bruno and his team set out to discover whether it was an accident or something more sinister. Mackenzie's fondness for the characters shines as he creates highly... Read More

  • THE PLINKO BOUNCE

    THE PLINKO BOUNCE

    by Martin Clark | Read by David Aaron Baker, Morgan Hallett

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This legal thriller features a fed-up public defender in rural Virginia. David Aaron Baker shines as the weary and beleaguered attorney Andy Hughes, who is defending the crooked and sinister Damian Bullins. Bullins is on trial for murdering the wife of a wealthy businessman. Baker's performance enables listeners to empathize with Hughes's disillusioned view of the legal system.... Read More

  • THE SURVIVING SKY

    THE SURVIVING SKY The Rages Trilogy: Book 1

    by Kritika H. Rao | Read by Sharmila Devar, Pranshu Mishra

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Sharmila Devar and Pranshu Mishra tap into the emotional turmoil of a marriage on the rocks in a Hindu-inspired eco-fictional world in which humans fight for their lives amid devastating storms. As an archaeologist, Ahilya knows the importance of studying the remaining vestiges of human civilization. As a senior architect with the ability to control plants, her husband, Iravan,... Read More

  • STAR BRINGER

    STAR BRINGER Star Bringer, Book 1

    by Tracy Wolff, Nina Croft | Read by Mia Barron, Liv Anderson, Samara Naeymi, Ruffin Prentiss

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    With a captivating ensemble of narrators, this audiobook delivers an electrifying experience. Liv Anderson embodies the witty and determined Princess Kali, infusing her performance with delightful touches. Mysterious and heroic, Samara Naeymi lends depth and charisma to the mercenary Ian, ensuring every moment is enthralling. Mia Barron skillfully navigates the growth and... Read More

  • TILLY IN TECHNICOLOR

    TILLY IN TECHNICOLOR

    by Mazey Eddings | Read by Justis Bolding, Chris Nelson

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrators Chris Nelson and Justis Bolding's heartwarming and comical performance will have listeners immersed in the unlikely relationship between interns Oliver and Tilly as they trek across Europe on a business trip with Tilly's sister's start-up. Bolding's voice is quick and bright when portraying Tilly, a creative whose boundless energy is often stifled by her family... Read More

  • FAIR ROSALINE

    FAIR ROSALINE

    by Natasha Solomons | Read by Sheila Atim

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    There are many things to love about this retelling of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET, and Sheila Atim's narration is one of them. This feminist prequel to the well-known romance shares the story of Rosaline Capulet and her encounter with Romeo as he tries his best to woo her. Atim's tonal variations and vocal range allow listeners to relax and examine this new perspective. When... Read More

  • ONE PUZZLING AFTERNOON

    ONE PUZZLING AFTERNOON

    by Emily Critchley | Read by Elizabeth Sastre

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Elizabeth Sastre adopts a gentle voice for this complex, sometimes puzzling, mystery about the disappearance of Lucy Theddle in 1951. The story is told in 2018 by Edie Green, an octogenarian with aphasia and dementia who was Lucy's best friend. Aided by her intrepid, cheerful granddaughter, Amy, soft-voiced Edie follows sketchy clues plumbed from her memories. In... Read More

  • THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BIG BAD WOLF

    THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BIG BAD WOLF Detective Varg, Book 4

    by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    David Rintoul returns to the role of Detective Ulf Varg in another charming trip to the Department of Sensitive Crimes. This time around Alexander McCall Smith's tongue-in-cheek take on the dour Scandi noir genre sees Ulf investigating the missing cabin of a bacon magnate while negotiating potential downsizing at work. Meanwhile, Ulf's girlfriend is convinced that his deaf dog,... Read More

  • THE SECRET HOURS

    THE SECRET HOURS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mick Herron | Read by Gerard Doyle

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Gerard Doyle performs this stand-alone dispatch from Mick Herron's cynical "spook street" world with such dry resignation that it is often laugh-out-loud funny, or would be if it weren't so believable. In his Slough House novels (and their TV adaptations, the riveting "Slow Horses") Herron is doing for MI-5 what Dickens did for Chancery and the Circumlocution Office. This novel... Read More

  • WANDERING THROUGH LIFE

    WANDERING THROUGH LIFE A Memoir

    by Donna Leon | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Suzanne Toren gives an exemplary performance of this memoir by Donna Leon, author of the Commissario Brunetti mystery series. Leon, who is in her 80s, shares illuminating vignettes of her family; her love of reading, tennis, and opera; her travels and her life in Venice; and her peripatetic career path in a life she describes as "unplanned." Toren's rich, elegant voice helps... Read More

  • THE SHADOW SISTER

    THE SHADOW SISTER

    by Lily Meade | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Tamika Katon-Donegal narrates a contemporary YA audiobook with a twist. Sisters Casey and Sutton have a contentious relationship that is fraught with arguments and mutual ill will. After Sutton disappears for weeks, Casey notices that when she returns, her mean-girl personality has changed. Casey soon realizes it isn't an act. Trying to figure out what happened to her sister,... Read More

  • A GUIDE TO THE DARK

    A GUIDE TO THE DARK

    by Meriam Metoui | Read by Vaneh Assadourian, Ariana Delawari, Ramiz Monsef

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrators Ariana Delawari and Vaneh Assadourian portray best friends Layla and Mira after a road trip mishap leaves them stranded in a motel. Their room is inhabited by a dark force, voiced by narrator Ramiz Monsef. The room wants Mira because she carries the burden of her brother's death; Assadourian's mature and measured voice works well for the mourning teen as she and Layla... Read More

  • THE MEN CAN'T BE SAVED

    THE MEN CAN'T BE SAVED

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ben Purkert | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jonathan Todd Ross's performance captures the growing unreliability of this novel's narrator, while maintaining the story's humor and tragedy. This is no small feat because the audiobook requires this deft, complicated tone throughout its entire running time. Seth is an up-and-coming copywriter until he's let go. He finds work in a coffee shop, discovering the numbing effects... Read More

  • HOW TO INTERPRET THE CONSTITUTION

    HOW TO INTERPRET THE CONSTITUTION

    by Cass R. Sunstein | Read by Graham Winton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    If you've ever found yourself curious about how and why the Supreme Court does what it does--particularly during the past decade or so--this audiobook is for you. Graham Winton offers a measured yet compelling delivery of Sunstein's interpretations of recent major Court decisions and how they impact all Americans. The arguments on the correct way to interpret the Constitution... Read More

  • THE LOST SUPPER

    THE LOST SUPPER Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past

    by Taras Grescoe | Read by Tim Fannon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Tim Fannon narrates this world food tour crisply and deliberately. His delivery style is reminiscent of a news reporter's and captures the author's enthusiasm for discovering the unusual--for example, there's a long early chapter on insects. But listeners should persevere: Enlightening stories on Roman fish sauce, neolithic bread, British farmhouse cheese, and an endangered... Read More

  • ENTER GHOST

    ENTER GHOST

    by Isabella Hammad | Read by Nadia Albina

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Nadia Albina is a powerful narrator of this inventive novel, which features a prodigal daughter returning home from a long-term self-exile abroad. Sonia Nasir is a British Palestinian actor who returns to the West Bank discouraged and tired. The powerful narrative tone conveys Sonia's myriad emotions when she is tasked with staging a performance of HAMLET. Albina's heartful... Read More

  • THE BERRY PICKERS

    THE BERRY PICKERS

    by Amanda Peters | Read by Aaliya Warbus, Jordan Waunch

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Aaliya Warbus and Jordan Waunch team up to deliver this twisty story about identity, family, and long-held secrets. In Maine, the summer begins like any other. Seasonal workers, including Indigenous families from Canada, are harvesting fruit in the fields. When four-year-old Ruthie disappears, the consequences are lasting, especially for her siblings. Warbus and Waunch trade... Read More

  • THE BITTER PAST

    THE BITTER PAST Sheriff Porter Beck, Book 1

    by Bruce Borgos | Read by James Babson

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    James Babson's fine performance of this audiobook reflects the story's Nevada setting--it's mostly relaxed and without a lot of unnecessary drama. The story is told through the eyes of Sheriff Porter Beck, an ex-military intelligence officer whose small department is stretched to its limit when the tortured, mutilated body of an ex-FBI man is found in his jurisdiction. The case... Read More

  • PROPHET

    PROPHET

    by Helen Macdonald, Sin Blaché | Read by Jake Fairbrother, Ryan Forde Iosco, Charlotte Davey

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Jake Fairbrother, Ryan Forde Iosco, and Charlotte Davey share narrator duties. Rao, a former MI6 agent with an uncanny ability to know whether a person is telling the truth, and Adam, an American intelligence officer, are investigating a drug that materializes people's fondest memories--although it causes a psychic break with sometimes fatal consequences. Fairbrother takes the... Read More

  • YOUNG QUEENS

    YOUNG QUEENS Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Leah Redmond Chang | Read by Olivia Dowd

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    History

    Olivia Dowd is so good at delivering this history that it's like listening to a historical novel set in the sixteenth century. Dowd gives each woman a unique voice in this true account of the lives of Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France; her daughter, Elisabeth de Valois, Queen of Spain; and Catherine's daughter-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. The production provides hours of... Read More

  • FOR HER CONSIDERATION

    FOR HER CONSIDERATION

    by Amy Spalding | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Sophie Amoss infuses an engaging blend of fun and thoughtfulness into this contemporary sapphic romance set in the world of show business. Nina Rice, an aspiring screenwriter who ghostwrites celebrity correspondence for a talent agency, meets one of her clients, the effortlessly cool actress Ari Fox. Their simmering chemistry quickly turns into a discreet,... Read More

  • THE MISTRESS OF BHATIA HOUSE

    THE MISTRESS OF BHATIA HOUSE Perveen Mistry, Book 4

    by Sujata Massey | Read by Sneha Mathan

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Sneha Mathan's warm midrange voice and sensitive character portraits enhance the pleasures of Sujata Massey's fourth mystery featuring Perveen Mistry, a female solicitor in 1920s Bombay. In this case, Mistry seeks justice for a wrongly accused servant while also investigating the crime for which the woman has been charged. Massey interweaves the complex story with details of... Read More

  • EVERGREEN

    EVERGREEN Japantown, Book 3

    by Naomi Hirahara | Read by Allison Hiroto

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Alison Hiroto's light, sweet voice is well suited to Aki Ito, the protagonist in Hirahara's Japantown mysteries, set just after WWII. In this sequel to the award-winning CLARK AND DIVISION, we find Aki and her parents resettled in Los Angeles. Working as a nurse's aide at the Japanese hospital, Aki encounters an elderly Issei man with suspicious injuries. When a murder occurs... Read More

  • LUSH LIVES

    LUSH LIVES

    by J. Vanessa Lyon | Read by Elle Cleviden

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Elle Cleviden gives a quiet but satisfying performance of this queer contemporary romance. Parkie is a disabled white woman who is working as an appraiser for a New York auction house. Glory is a Black artist who's just inherited her great-aunt's Harlem brownstone. The two hit it off immediately when Glory brings in her aunt's belongings for appraisal. They soon get caught up... Read More

  • TIME'S MOUTH

    TIME'S MOUTH

    by Edan Lepucki | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan affects a hypnotic tone, drawing the listener into a groovy, magical world in which pregnant women live without men in an expansive Victorian manor house in the woods in rural California. Their sons live there, as well. Sharon, who has changed her name to Ursa, collects "the mamas" to protect them and to allow participants to "transport" to the past.... Read More

  • THE BASILISK THRONE

    THE BASILISK THRONE

    by Greg Keyes | Read by John Skelley

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    John Skelley narrates this first installment of a new fantasy series. The story is told through multiple points of view: A girl is sold into sex slavery by her mother. A father and son command a merchant fleet on the verge of war, leaving behind their daughter/sister, who is a political prisoner at court. A feral young man embarks on a magical quest in which he matches wits... Read More

  • A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE

    A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE

    by Kristan Higgins | Read by Xe Sands, Laural Merlington, Jeannie Sheneman

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Xe Sands, Laural Merlington, and Jeannie Sheneman inhabit an assortment of ordinary people who are trying to understand their world and themselves. Bookstore owner Harlow secretly had a baby when she was 17. She gave him up to a loving couple, SanJay and Monica Patel. Now, eighteen years later, Harlow's son, Matthew, walks into her bookstore, and she faints. As Harlow... Read More

  • FATIMA TATE TAKES THE CAKE

    FATIMA TATE TAKES THE CAKE

    by Khadijah VanBrakle | Read by Shayna Small

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Shayna Small introduces Fatima Tate, a 17-year-old who chafes at the overprotectiveness of her conservative Black Muslim parents. But she also shows devotion to her religion and is passionate about her deepest desire to become a patissiere (baker). Enter Raheem. Small adopts a gravelly voice to portray this wealthy, handsome "Muslim prince." Small's portrayal of Fatima's... Read More

  • ANGER BANG

    ANGER BANG Downside to Dating: Book 1

    by Avery Flynn | Read by Kirsten Leigh, Lance Greenfield

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Kirsten Leigh and Lance Greenfield sweep listeners away to rural Wyoming, where they are treated to a crazy 80s-style destination wedding that is televised for reality TV. Thea Pope, a shy paleontologist who is the bridezilla's sister, just wants to get through the hellish wedding and begin her summer field work. When her sister pushes her too far, she decides to indulge in an... Read More

  • THE WRITTEN WORLD AND THE UNWRITTEN WORLD

    THE WRITTEN WORLD AND THE UNWRITTEN WORLD Essays

    by Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Classics

    The protean Ballerini brings his fine voice, masterful tempo, and impeccable Italian to this audiobook. His voice, delivery, and simpatico sensibilities for the late Italo Calvino give this collection a sense of a celebration of the novelist/essayist/folklorist's reviews, essays, and other literary offerings. Calvino, who died in the 1980s, lives in these nonfiction works.... Read More

  • THE MAKING OF YOLANDA LA BRUJA

    THE MAKING OF YOLANDA LA BRUJA

    by Lorraine Avila | Read by Lorraine Avila

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Lorraine Avila's familiarity with the world she describes and facility with code-switching are strong pluses in her narration of this story. In school 16-year-old Yolanda Alvarez leads courageous discussions about race, deals with her hearing difficulties, falls in love for the first time, and worries about the violent visions she's recently had. Her frightening perceptions are... Read More

  • SUCH KINDNESS

    SUCH KINDNESS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Andre Dubus III | Read by Andre Dubus III

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Tom Lowe is broke, rudderless, and approaching toxic levels of bitterness as this audiobook opens. Once he proudly defined himself as a devoted husband, father, and carpenter; now, following an accident, he can't define himself at all. Dubus works narrative magic here. Without giving too much away, know that Tom's story is ultimately a satisfying one and Dubus navigates that... Read More

  • THE BLUE IS WHERE GOD LIVES

    THE BLUE IS WHERE GOD LIVES

    by Sharon Sochil Washington | Read by Shayna Small

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Shayna Small performs this powerful story of African magical realism, time travel, and survival in an unfair world. In the modern day, Blue begins to hear voices after the horrifying murder of her daughter hundreds of miles away. Almost 200 years in the past, her ancestors discover a plan to keep Blue's family in economic slavery. They use magic that spans generations and... Read More

  • THE FIRST LADY OF WORLD WAR II

    THE FIRST LADY OF WORLD WAR II Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back

    by Shannon McKenna Schmidt | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Suzanne Toren delivers this absorbing discussion of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's contributions to the nation during WWII. She expanded the role of first lady during wartime by becoming actively involved in social issues and by traveling widely. In 1943, Eleanor visited with troops stationed in the Pacific Theater, providing practical support through the Red Cross and... Read More

  • WILD POPPIES

    WILD POPPIES

    by Haya Saleh, Marcia L. Qualey [Trans.] | Read by Amin El Gamsl

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Amin El Gamal narrates this story of a Syrian refugee family in an approachable manner, creating characters who sound familiar to the listener. In a voice only slightly tinged with an accent, El Gamal creates subtle yet noticeable differences between the two protagonists. When their city is attacked and their father martyred, Omar and Sufyan flee with their mother and younger... Read More

  • REMEMBER ME

    REMEMBER ME Ravenswood, Book 2

    by Mary Balogh | Read by Rosalyn Landor

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Rosalyn Landor immerses listeners in London society in 1815. Lady Philippa Ware is having her first season since scandal rocked her family. She is an instant success and becomes entangled with Lucas Arden's family. The grandson of a duke, Lucas has been commanded by his grandfather to marry and produce an heir. But years ago, Lucas insulted Philippa, and estrangement... Read More

  • MURDER AT A LONDON FINISHING SCHOOL

    MURDER AT A LONDON FINISHING SCHOOL Beryl and Edwina, Book 7

    by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Barbara Rosenblat's resonant tones sparkle as she re-creates familiar characters, and introduces listeners to new ones, in this seventh installment of Ellicott's Beryl and Edwina Mysteries. The intrepid private enquiry agents set out from their busy lives in the village of Walmsley Parva at the urgent request of Miss DuPont, headmistress of the very proper finishing school they... Read More

  • HOW TO BE REMEMBERED

    HOW TO BE REMEMBERED

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Michael Thompson | Read by Lewis Fitz-Gerald

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Lewis Fitz-Gerald adds a profound sense of loss and despair to the forlorn character of Tommy Llewellyn. The magical realism of Thompson's take on identity harkens to the best of "The Twilight Zone." As Fitz-Gerald describes the details of the mysterious "Reset" in a tone of wonder, it dawns on the listener just what's happening. The universe erases every detail of... Read More

  • CHARLOTTE ILLES IS NOT A DETECTIVE

    CHARLOTTE ILLES IS NOT A DETECTIVE

    by Katie Siegel | Read by Katie Siegel

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Katie Siegel performs her own work, a witty mystery that follows the former child detective Charlotte Illes, who is persuaded to do some sleuthing on behalf of her brother. It soon develops into something sinister. Siegel's top-quality narration reflects her unique insight and obvious fondness for the characters. She creates fully believable characters in Charlotte and her... Read More

  • YOU'VE BEEN SERVED

    YOU'VE BEEN SERVED

    by Kristen Alicia | Read by Jasmine Walker

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Jasmine Walker delivers a genuine and delightful performance that invites listeners to follow along with first-year law student Simone Alexander. Fed up with being a chef in sunny California, Simone leaves it to the shake of a magic 8-ball to dictate where she takes on law school. The result is frigid Michigan. Once there, she soon finds out she is underprepared, but... Read More

  • THE LONGMIRE DEFENSE

    THE LONGMIRE DEFENSE Walt Longmire, Book 19

    by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    George Guidall once again enchants listeners with his performance of the characters in this 19th audiobook in Craig Johnson's Longmire series. Guidall's rich, weathered tones perfectly convey Sheriff Walt Longmire--Guidall's voice is now synonymous with the character in the audiobooks. With deft skill, Guidall navigates shifts in rhythm, pitch, and accent, smoothly... Read More

  • THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SPIES and THE EXQUISITE ART OF GETTING EVEN

    THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SPIES and THE EXQUISITE ART OF GETTING EVEN Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Scottish actor David Rintoul delights in this offbeat, witty collection of stories from the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and other series. Laughter-inducing and wry, the clever tales offer a mix of exquisite retribution and snoops, both accidental and intentional. Settings in such far-flung locations as Algiers, Melbourne, rural England, Shanghai, and the... Read More

  • BLUE SKIES

    BLUE SKIES

    by T.C. Boyle | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Alyssa Bresnahan narrates a satirical novel about the climate crisis. Cat lives in Florida with her frequently absent fiancé. On impulse she buys a pet snake for company. In California her brother, Cooper, an entomologist, loses an arm to an infected tick bite. Bresnahan manages to make both Cat and Cooper believably sympathetic without softening their unlikable personality... Read More

  • INDIAN NO MORE

    INDIAN NO MORE

    by Charlene Willing McManus, Traci Sorell | Read by Jennifer Bobiwash

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    "What if I can't be Indian in Los Angeles?" worries 11-year-old Regina, voiced by Jennifer Bobiwash, a member of the Mississauga First Nation, in this story based on author McManus's own experiences. When the Umpqua girl's family is uprooted from their reservation home in Oregon in 1957 and relocated to the city, misunderstandings, microaggressions, and out-and-out racism... Read More

  • THE SECRET SUMMER PROMISE

    THE SECRET SUMMER PROMISE

    by Keah Brown | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Tamika Katon-Donegal narrates this breezy romance about Andrea, a queer disabled teen who's determined to have the best summer ever--even if it means falling out of love with her best friend, Hailee, who she's not sure returns her feelings. Katon-Donegal is fantastic when it comes to capturing all of Andrea's excitement and butterflies-in-the-stomach feelings. Her character... Read More

  • THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER MOST

    THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER MOST Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom

    by Jane Smiley | Read by Jane Smiley

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Primarily known as one of our finest novelists, Jane Smiley is also an essayist of considerable style and grace. This audiobook combines autobiography, travel, literary criticism, and history, often in the same essay. Although her phrasing is sometimes a little stilted, especially in the more academic passages, she is writing and narrating about subjects of personal importance... Read More

  • TABULA RASA

    TABULA RASA Tabula Rasa, Volume 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by John McPhee | Read by Grover Gardner

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audio collection of essays and sketches is a marriage of good storytellers. Author John McPhee has the ability to make topics like plate tectonics, commercial shipping, and life under Covid lockdown interesting, as well as informative. Combine that with the mellow voice of Grover Gardner, and you have a work that nearly any listener will enjoy. The audiobook is a... Read More

  • FOURTH WING

    FOURTH WING Fourth Wing, Book 1

    by Rebecca Yarros | Read by Rebecca Soler, Teddy Hamilton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Rebecca Yarros's exceptional fantasy novel comes to life through the performances of Rebecca Soler and Teddy Hamilton. Bookish Violet, who planned to become a scholar, has been ordered by the General (her mother) to become a dragon rider instead. Soler's narration captures the intensity of battle scenes and the complexities of relationships. Her ability to differentiate voices... Read More

  • HARD RAIN

    HARD RAIN Annie McIntyre, Book 2

    by Samantha Jayne Allen | Read by Sandy Rustin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    With casual ease, Sandy Rustin takes listeners through the aftermath of a massive flood that leaves death and destruction in a Texas town. Apprentice private investigator Annie McIntyre nervously takes on a missing-person case for an old frenemy, Bethany Richter, and uncovers a series of murders and long buried secrets. Rustin's delivery becomes more tense as McIntyre tries to... Read More

  • THE COVENANT OF WATER

    THE COVENANT OF WATER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Abraham Verghese | Read by Abraham Verghese

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Abraham Verghese is a rarity among authors--a gifted writer who is also a dramatic narrator. Once you listen to his nuanced, emotionally charged performance, you'll be convinced that no one else could have better captured the dialects, tones, and cadences of his mostly Indian characters. He also portrays a Scot and an American, among others, and adroitly changes his pitch for... Read More

  • MURDER ON THE HOME FRONT

    MURDER ON THE HOME FRONT Billie Harkness, Book 2

    by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Elizabeth Sastre

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Elizabeth Sastre delivers an upbeat narration of the second in this WWII mystery series. Someone is breaking into air raid shelters, stealing whatever valuables can be sold on the black market. When a body is found in a shelter, WPC Billie Harkness must convince her police colleagues that she's as capable as the male officers. When she starts asking too many questions, she runs... Read More

  • DEATH COMES TO MARLOW

    DEATH COMES TO MARLOW Marlow Murder Club, Book 2

    by Robert Thorogood | Read by Nicolette McKenzie

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The eccentric members of the Marlow Murder Club are back for more sleuthing adventures. Thorogood has once again crafted an amusing and taut cozy mystery, animated by another superb performance from Nicolette McKenzie. Her expert delivery brings back the subtle character differentiation that made the first audiobook such an enjoyable listening experience. Especially delightful... Read More

  • THE KING'S PLEASURE

    THE KING'S PLEASURE A Novel of Henry VIII

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alison Weir | Read by Rosalyn Landor

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    With Rosalyn Landor's performance, time falls away. Listeners are transported to the sixteenth century with all its intrigues and betrayals. Book 2 in Weir's Tudor Rose trilogy speculates on the motives behind mass murderer, adulterer, and bigamist Henry VIII. Listeners of Weir's "Six Wives" series will find themselves in familiar company--yet here the characters are viewed... Read More

  • THE ODYSSEY OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY

    THE ODYSSEY OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY A Poet's Journey Through American Slavery and Independence

    by David Waldstreicher | Read by Kim Staunton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Sold into slavery at an early age in 1751, Phillis Wheatley asserted her natural genius and became a poet celebrated in the American colonies and Britain. This audiobook serves a double role as a historical biography and a literary one. Kim Staunton's able narration serves both aspects well. She keeps the narrative flowing despite the author's overly detailed digressions on... Read More

  • RETURN TO THE RIVER

    RETURN TO THE RIVER Reflections on Life Choices During a Pandemic

    by Dave Pelzer | Read by Tim Fannon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In his 60th year, during Covid, as his marriage is ending, Dave Pelzer, author of A CHILD CALLED IT, seizes the moment to examine his incredible life. Narrator Tim Fannon provides a solid and steady voice even during the gruesome scenes of horrific abuse Pelzer suffered as a child at the hands of his mother. Here Pelzer reflects on being trapped in the basement as a child, his... Read More

  • BAD, BAD SEYMOUR BROWN

    BAD, BAD SEYMOUR BROWN Corie Geller, Book 2

    by Susan Isaacs | Read by Jennifer O'Donnell

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Jennifer O'Donnell perfectly embodies former FBI agent Corie Geller in the second installment in this series. With a blend of intelligence, sassiness, compassion, and sarcastic humor, O'Donnell's performance brings Geller to life. She and her father, a retired NYPD detective, investigate an attack on April Brown, the only survivor of a twenty-year-old arson case that... Read More

  • STORM WATCH

    STORM WATCH Joe Pickett, Book 3

    by C.J. Box | Read by David Chandler

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The author's latest Joe Pickett audiobook has the Wyoming game warden finding a body, which leads to a lot of questions involving a lot of people. Also, a fringe militant group is pressuring his pal Nate, a falconer, to join. Add town politics, and Pickett finds himself embroiled in trouble. Narrator David Chandler gives Joe a steady voice that reflects his personality while... Read More

  • THE BRIDE WORE WHITE

    THE BRIDE WORE WHITE Burning cove, Book 7

    by Amanda Quick | Read by Morgan Hallett

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Morgan Hallett builds the tension as soon as this romantic mystery opens. First, a former client attempts to kidnap psychic dream consultant Prudence Ryland. Later, when Prudence moves to a new town, she is actually kidnapped, left next to a dead man, and framed for his murder. To her surprise, Jack Wingate, an associate of the local crime boss, offers to help. Hallett... Read More

  • THE FOURTH ENEMY

    THE FOURTH ENEMY Daniel Pitt, Book 6

    by Anne Perry | Read by Samuel Roukin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Samuel Roukin narrates the sixth legal/investigative case of Daniel Pitt and his wife, Miriam fford Croft, a forensic pathologist. Pitt, an experienced barrister, teams up with King's Counsel Gideon Hunter to prosecute the ruthless, charismatic, and philanthropic Malcolm Vayne, who is accused of bilking investors. Half detective story, half courtroom drama, the case revolves... Read More

  • WHO CRIES FOR THE LOST

    WHO CRIES FOR THE LOST Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 18

    by C.S. Harris | Read by Jenny Sterlin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Jenny Sterlin performs this convoluted mystery of spies and murders that revolve around the Peninsula Campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. It's June 1815. Aristocrat Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, teams up with Irish surgeon Paul Gibson after Gibson examines the mutilated corpse of Major Miles Sedgewick, a spy for Britain and a bigamist. When more corpses turn up,... Read More

  • THE WISHING POOL AND OTHER STORIES

    THE WISHING POOL AND OTHER STORIES

    by Tananarive Due | Read by William DeMeritt, Jasmin Walker

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Jasmin Walker and William DeMeritt deftly capture the nuances of these short stories, a mix of horror, suspense, and science fiction focusing on racism, abuse, and sexism. An introduction by the author, who is known for Black horror and Afrofuturism, helps illuminate the works. In "The Haint in the Window," DeMeritt introduces a haint (ghost) who upsets everything in a... Read More

  • NIGHT FLIGHT TO PARIS

    NIGHT FLIGHT TO PARIS Kate Rees, Book 2

    by Cara Black | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Elisabeth Rodgers performs this WWII thriller featuring American sharpshooter Kate Rees, who undertakes clandestine missions for the British Secret Service in 1942. This story is filled with duplicitous Communists, vicious Nazis, and dangerous double agents, and there are betrayals and confusion at every turn. The action is nonstop. Kate's inner dialogue becomes a little... Read More

  • THE ENIGMA OF GARLIC

    THE ENIGMA OF GARLIC 44 Scotland Street, Book 16

    by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Once again, listeners will become engrossed in the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in contemporary Edinburgh. The deep, rich voice of narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie reacquaints listeners with the denizens of the neighborhood and their mundane musings, moral quandaries, and metaphysical speculations. This sixteenth book in the series asks whether people can change... Read More

  • DIVA 2.0

    DIVA 2.0 12 Life Lessons From Me For You

    by Sheryl Lee Ralph | Read by Sheryl Lee Ralph

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Actor and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph narrates her own self-help/memoir mash-up with drama and feeling. The audiobook is full of delicious anecdotes about her life in the theater and music business, along with personal reflections on how to succeed, how to keep going when success isn't happening, and how to treat others to maintain one's integrity. DIVA (Divinely Inspired,... Read More

  • CHANGE YOUR BRAIN EVERY DAY

    CHANGE YOUR BRAIN EVERY DAY Simple Daily Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, and Relationships

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Daniel G. Amen | Read by Jim Frangione

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Jim Frangione's resonant baritone is part of the appeal of this comprehensive guide to brain health. What's more impressive is the range of pitch patterns he uses to give natural-sounding pizzazz to sentences, phrases, and even individual words. Frangione conveys the relaxed confidence and desire to help that we associate with the prolific author, psychiatrist, and TV star... Read More

  • QUANTUM RADIO

    QUANTUM RADIO

    by A.G. Riddle | Read by Ray Porter

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    While crunching raw data at CERN, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, quantum physicist Dr. Tyson Klein discovers something he didn't expect--a distinct pattern, a message. But who or where is it from? Using an easygoing conversational tone, Ray Porter takes listeners on a thrill ride across space and time that combines three of science fiction's most beloved... Read More

  • ABUELA, DON'T FORGET ME

    ABUELA, DON'T FORGET ME

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rex Ogle | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    This heartfelt performance by Ramón de Ocampo is a tribute to grandparents who unconditionally love their grandchildren. The author's abuela was a never-ending source of support when his own parents weren't there for him. De Ocampo lovingly performs extremely emotional scenes that recount well-paced yet scattered memories of Ogle's life. De Ocampo expresses the strife and... Read More

  • THE MINUS-ONE CLUB

    THE MINUS-ONE CLUB

    by Kekla Magoon | Read by Dion Graham

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Grief suffuses Dion Graham's voice as he narrates high school sophomore Kermit's induction into a club no one wants to join: the club in which everyone has lost a family member. Kermit's older sister, Sheila, the only one in his Baptist family who knew he's gay, was killed by a drunk driver just days ago. He finds support in the club--and, with the charismatic, self-destructive... Read More

  • THIRST FOR SALT

    THIRST FOR SALT

    by Madelaine Lucas | Read by Madelaine Lucas

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Australian author and musician Madelaine Lucas gives a haunting narration of this debut audiobook on love, loss, and memory. The story is told from the perspective of a 37-year-old unnamed woman who is looking back on an intense romance she had with Jude, an older artist, when she was a 24-year-old aspiring writer. Lucas's pensive tone and leisurely pacing perfectly suit the... Read More

  • AFRICA RISEN

    AFRICA RISEN A New Era of Speculative Fiction

    by Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Zelda Knight | Read by Amin El Gamal, Kim Staunton, Dele Ogundiran, Tony Tambi, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Jamie Lincoln Smith

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This audiobook, a sweeping collection of new speculative fiction from Africa and people of African descent, is enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. It's largely narrated by people of a similar culture and heritage as the authors, so some of the phrasing and pacing may sound unusual to the American ear. However, these talented narrators bring authenticity and an immersive... Read More

  • HANDS DOWN

    HANDS DOWN Dick Francis, Book 11

    by Felix Francis | Read by Martin Jarvis

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Golden Voice narrator Martin Jarvis performs this mystery with gusto. Private investigator Sid Halley sets out to uncover the truth behind the death of his friend and finds himself drawn into a conspiracy that could bring down the world of horse racing. Jarvis, who has narrated other Francis audiobooks, brings the characters alive through his obvious familiarity with the... Read More

  • DID I EVER TELL YOU THIS?

    DID I EVER TELL YOU THIS?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sam Neill | Read by Sam Neill

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Actors often make the best narrators, and listeners will find that Sam Neill is no exception, or, rather, he is an exceptional example of this truth. Not only does Neill have a fascinating career that includes JURASSIC PARK and many other well-known projects, but he also has a wry sense of humor, a surprisingly unassuming view of the world and his place in it, and a seemingly... Read More

  • LAST SEEN IN LAPAZ

    LAST SEEN IN LAPAZ Emma Djan Investigation, Book 3

    by Kwei Quartey | Read by Robin Miles

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Robin Miles becomes the lively PI Emma Djan, who is the best private investigator in Accra, Ghana. This is the third installment featuring Emma as the main character, and fans of the series will find much to admire in Miles's performance. She is as entertaining as the set of crimes that Emma must solve. Miles embodies a plucky female detective we can root for. Listeners will be... Read More

  • SO SHALL YOU REAP

    SO SHALL YOU REAP Commissario Brunetti, Book 32

    by Donna Leon | Read by David Colacci

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    David Colacci narrates a thoughtful mystery overflowing with Venetian culture and history. Number 32 in the series featuring the illustrious Commissario Guido Brunetti focuses on the horrific murder of a Sri Lankan immigrant. Brunetti met the victim before his death, but there's no proof the dead man ever existed before that. Colacci imbues the story with patient gravitas.... Read More

  • THOSE EMPTY EYES

    THOSE EMPTY EYES

    by Charlie Donlea | Read by Vivienne Leheny

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Vivienne Leheny guides listeners through a mystery involving a girl who fought the legal system and won--but has still been found guilty in the court of popular opinion. Alex Armstrong is living under an assumed name, doing her best to stay out of the spotlight while searching for the man who killed her family. When her family was murdered, Alex was accused due to poor police... Read More

  • THE 6 TYPES OF WORKING GENIUS

    THE 6 TYPES OF WORKING GENIUS A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team

    by Patrick M. Lencioni | Read by Ray Porter

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Ray Porter's showmanship works well with this audiobook's extended introductory fable, as well as its more didactic chapters. The business author's latest audiobook focuses on personality types and how they match the job requirements of any organizational role. Written with Lencioni's engaging charm and full of memorable insights, this amiable guide describes six distinct types... Read More

  • BETTER THE BLOOD

    BETTER THE BLOOD Hana Westerman, Book 1

    by Michael Bennett | Read by Miriama McDowell, Richard Te Are

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Miriama McDowell and Richard Te Are take listeners on a journey to present-day Auckland, New Zealand, where they follow Maori detective Hana Westerman as she races against time to solve a series of gruesome murders that are linked to the country's violent colonial past. The use of two narrators helps listeners differentiate the different viewpoints and strengthens the intensity... Read More

  • MIND YOUR MINDSET

    MIND YOUR MINDSET The Science That Shows Success Starts with Your Thinking

    by Michael Hyatt, Megan Hyatt Miller | Read by Michael Hyatt, Megan Hyatt Miller

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Written and delivered by the father-and-daughter team of Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller, this audiobook acquaints listeners with the basics of neuroplasticity and explains how our brains interpret the world and our experiences in it. The authors also address how learning to rewrite these interpretations--narratives--can change our brains and change our lives. The duo... Read More

  • WILL DO MAGIC FOR SMALL CHANGE

    WILL DO MAGIC FOR SMALL CHANGE

    by Andrea Hairston | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal, Andre Santana

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Tamika Katon-Donegal and Andre Santana narrate a complex family drama in a unique mash-up of magic and Afrofuturism. In the 1980s, as Cinnamon Jones struggles with the recent suicide of her brother, she's reading a book he gave her about the journey of a West African warrior woman and an alien who perform in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Cinnamon discovers a connection between... Read More

  • IN SICKNESS

    IN SICKNESS A Memoir

    by Barrett Rollins | Read by Barrett Rollins

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Barrett Rollins's life unspools when his wife, Jane, collapses at work from a blood clot caused by advanced breast cancer. More shocking than the medical emergency itself is that Jane has been hiding her diagnosis for years even though both husband and wife are oncologists. Rollins has perfect narrative timing, and his performance is reflective and expressive. He evokes the... Read More

  • SEEN AND UNSEEN

    SEEN AND UNSEEN What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

    by Elizabeth Partridge | Read by June Angela

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    An important and often ignored part of American history is explained in this audiobook, narrated by June Angela. The Japanese American internment camps created during WWII were documented by several photographers, including Toyo Miyatake, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The text is sparse, written and presented with unflinching honesty. Angela's voice shares the information... Read More

  • SHOWSTOPPER

    SHOWSTOPPER Peter Diamond, Book 21

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Peter Lovesey | Read by James Langton

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    James Langton flawlessly presents the 21st entry--one of the best--in the Peter Diamond series. Listeners meet Detective Diamond of Bath, England, as he investigates a TV production's claim to have a "jinx" in its midst after yet another associate meets a bad end. Unforgettably rendered are Diamond's appealing team, the masterful text, and the relatable humor, part of which... Read More

  • WILD MASSIVE

    WILD MASSIVE

    by Scotto Moore | Read by Suzy Jackson

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Suzy Jackson brings a big, bright vocal style to this sprawling comic fantasy-adventure by Seattle-based playwright/comedian Scotto Moore. Everything is bigger-than-big in the "massive" world of the future--from a 49,500-floor elevator to a planet-sized theme park and the ages of the characters. Grandma is over 600 years old. It all begins when the reclusive and... Read More

  • A FACE FOR PICASSO

    A FACE FOR PICASSO Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome

    by Ariel Henley | Read by Ariel Henley

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Ariel Henley narrates her story of growing up with Crouzon syndrome, a type of facial disfigurement. She and her identical twin, Zan, both afflicted, survived face-altering surgeries as doctors broke facial bones to make room for the growing organs in their skulls. Henley's dispassionate voice is riveting as she recounts the traumas of the multiple surgeries that made the twins... Read More

  • DARK WHISPER

    DARK WHISPER Dark, Book 36

    by Christine Feehan | Read by Jim Frangione

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Jim Frangione returns to narrate this paranormal romantic fantasy. Vasi Sidkorolyavolkva is a royal-blooded Lycan. Siv Bela is an ancient Carpathian. The two races have a tenuous truce, but a secret legacy means that Vasi carries the other half of Siv's soul, making the two opposites life mates. There is a romantic connection between Vasi and Siv--but significantly more... Read More

  • BITTER MEDICINE

    BITTER MEDICINE

    by Mia Tsai | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Natalie Naudus delivers a dynamic performance of this romantic fantasy. Elle has a lot of potential careerwise, yet she hides herself away at a fairy temp agency, performing subpar magical tasks. One day she agrees to help Luc, a highly regarded half-elf, with a complex task--despite the risk of being found out by her vengeful brother. As their adventure brings Elle and Luc... Read More

  • GIGI, LISTENING

    GIGI, LISTENING

    by Chantel Guertin | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Natalie Naudus throws herself wholeheartedly into Gigi Rutherford's fantasy that the narrator of her favorite audiobook is her soulmate. Naudus plays up Gigi's longing, both for narrator Zane and for his connection to her late parents. After Gigi's friends at her romance bookstore chip in to send her on a ten-day tour of England, she is thrust into the drama of a bus tour that... Read More

  • FLAUBERT'S PARROT

    FLAUBERT'S PARROT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Julian Barnes | Read by Simon Vance

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    With his customary grace and dry British wit, Simon Vance matches the tone and tenor of this decidedly erudite and playfully imaginative literary biography of one the most influential novelists of the nineteenth century, Gustave Flaubert. First published in 1984, Barnes's book blends speculation, fact, and Flaubert's own words into a detective story featuring a fictitious... Read More

  • THE DARK KING

    THE DARK KING Deviant Kings, Book 1

    by Gina L. Maxwell | Read by Avery Reid, Aiden Snow

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This audiobook, set in Las Vegas, is a dark fantasy with some BDSM scenes. Bryn Meara, portrayed by Avery Reid, gets a free stay at Nightfall Hotel, owned by Caiden Verran. Caiden, portrayed by Aiden Snow, is king of the Fae Night Court. In short order, a curse prevents them from being separated--if Bryn dies, so does Caiden. Reid's emotional narration is well matched to her... Read More

  • THE WOMAN WHO SPLIT THE ATOM

    THE WOMAN WHO SPLIT THE ATOM The Life of Lise Meitner

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Marissa Moss | Read by Sandy Rustin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    The life of groundbreaking nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (1878-1968) is given voice by narrator Sandy Rustin. Marginalized by sexism, Meitner, an Austrian Jew, struggled to pursue the field she loved, eventually earning her colleagues' respect and a partnership with chemist Otto Hahn in Berlin. Nazi policies stripped her of her position, then forced her to flee. In exile, she... Read More

  • THE ASTONISHING CHRONICLES OF OSCAR FROM ELSEWHERE

    THE ASTONISHING CHRONICLES OF OSCAR FROM ELSEWHERE Kingdoms and Empires, Book 4

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jaclyn Moriarty | Read by Dorje Swallow, Rebecca Norfolk

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Dorje Swallow and Rebecca Norfolk alternate narrating duties in this fantasy quest. Six children and an elf search for the pieces of a key that are needed to save an Elven village from destruction. Oscar is a skateboarding teenager who finds himself sucked into this alternative world. In Swallow's hands, Oscar is a laid-back Australian with dashes of wry humor and charm.... Read More

  • SLEEP NO MORE

    SLEEP NO MORE The Lost Night Files, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jayne Ann Krentz | Read by Eva Kaminsky

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Eva Kaminsky provides a dynamic narration of the mysterious situation that author Ambrose Drake and interior designer and podcaster Pallas Llewellyn find themselves in. After the pair have a night they can't remember, they awaken to find that they have enhanced psychic abilities. Ambrose contacted Pallas to help him investigate a murder. Ambrose limits his sleep to catnapping... Read More

  • NO STRANGERS HERE

    NO STRANGERS HERE Irish Vet, Book 1

    by Carlene O'Connor | Read by Emily O'Mahony

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    After 27 years, veterinarian Dimpna Wilde comes back to the Irish village of Dingle to help clear her parents, who have been accused of murdering the village's wealthiest man, Johnny O'Reilly. Narrator Emily O'Mahony portrays many characters, all of whom have motives. She is at her best as Dimpna and as Cormac O'Brien, the detective who is investigating the case. Her rich Irish... Read More

  • WHAT WE OWE THE FUTURE

    WHAT WE OWE THE FUTURE

    by William MacAskill | Read by William MacAskill

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    William MacAskill presents his philosophical concept of improving the long-term future by prioritizing moral action now. The core principle he espouses is that future people matter, especially considering the potential duration of humanity. Through engaging thought experiments and heavy research, MacAskill has consolidated his theory into an optimistic and compelling... Read More

  • THE STORYTELLER'S DEATH

    THE STORYTELLER'S DEATH

    by Ann Dávila Cardinal | Read by Marisol Ramirez

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Marisol Ramirez captures the youthful voice of Isla Larson, who lives between two worlds, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. She struggles to fit in at her school and clashes with her alcoholic mother. She is relieved to spend summers in Puerto Rico with her Great-Aunt Alma. At 18, Isla discovers that she has the gift of storytelling--she can vividly see past events in front of her.... Read More

  • GHOST MUSIC

    GHOST MUSIC

    by An Yu | Read by Vera Chok

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Vera Chok narrates this eerie novel full of dreams of talking mushrooms and heartbroken musicians. Song Yan lives with her husband and mother-in-law in her apartment in Beijing. Everyone tells her she should be happy, but instead she exists in a fog of loneliness. Song used to dream of becoming a concert pianist; now she just teaches young students. But when a package of rare... Read More

  • WHEN THE ANGELS LEFT THE OLD COUNTRY

    WHEN THE ANGELS LEFT THE OLD COUNTRY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sacha Lamb | Read by Donald Corren

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Actor Donald Corren brings his vocal skills to this tale of an angel and a demon who leave the shtetl for America to do a mitzvah and to seek excitement. Their fortunes become entangled with a human girl's in an adventure that balances laugh-out-loud humor, Jewish tradition, and gentle affirmation of queer identities. Corren expertly manages it all with his Yiddish-inflected... Read More

  • THE OTHER SISTER

    THE OTHER SISTER Agent John Adderley, Book 2

    by Peter Mohlin, Peter Nyström, Ian Giles [Trans.] | Read by Dion Graham

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Dion Graham returns to portray former FBI agent John Adderley, who has a new identity as a Swedish police detective. Listeners will be filled with dread as Adderley's former life as an undercover agent in Baltimore catches up with him in Sweden. Adding to the police procedural's complexity is a second storyline involving Alicia Bjelke, whose beautiful celebrity sister,... Read More

  • PHALAINA

    PHALAINA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alice Brière-Haquet, Emma Ramadan [Trans.] | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Sophie Amoss gives her all as she performs this middle-grade fantasy thriller with style and heart. She imbues Albert with compassion for Manon, the girl he finds in the forest, and captures his wife's disdain for her. Manon speaks with a whispery lightness to animals as she tries to learn who/what she is and why she is being hunted. The wide range of characters exhibits deep... Read More

  • 1989

    1989 Allie Burns, Book 2

    by Val McDermid | Read by Katie Leung

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Katie Leung takes us back in time with her passionate narration of this sequel and second Allie Burns mystery, which also works beautifully as a stand-alone listen. Leung breathes new life into the year 1989, when events in Scotland and Germany included the Lockerbie Memorial, the AIDS epidemic, and the continued existence of the Berlin Wall. The story centers around Burns, a... Read More

  • THE FORT

    THE FORT

    by Gordon Korman | Read by Christopher Carley, Michael Crouch, Ramon De Ocampo, Tom Picasso, Mark Sanderlin, Nick Walther

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    A top-notch pack of narrators voices a group of middle school boys who find strength in their friendship. Ramon de Ocampo portrays logical Ricky, a smart new kid tagging along with friends who discover a bomb shelter hidden in the woods. Mark Sanderlin voices Evan with a blend of surliness and insecurity; he's been stung by his addicted parents having left him in the care of... Read More

  • THE SLEEPLESS

    THE SLEEPLESS

    by Victor Manibo | Read by Joel de la Fuente

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Joel de la Fuente nails the confusion that lurks at the heart of this chilling audiobook. Its setting is a world in which a quarter of the population loses the ability to sleep without any health consequences. Most cash in by working multiple jobs during their 24 hours of wakefulness. One of these fortunate Sleepless is journalist Jamie Vega, who uses some of his time... Read More

  • THE MOTION PICTURE TELLER

    THE MOTION PICTURE TELLER

    by Colin Cotterill | Read by Steven Crossley, Amy Scanlon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Steven Crossley sounds like he's having a grand time as he brings out all the humor in this stand-alone mystery set in Thailand in 1996. Supot, a postal worker portrayed by Crossley in a sweetly befuddled tone, is an avid movie fan. Each night, he goes to the video store of his friend, Ali, to watch a film with him. Ali is depicted in a deep pitch and a slightly... Read More

  • THIS OTHER EDEN

    THIS OTHER EDEN

    by Paul Harding | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In 1912, Maine's governor forcibly evacuated a small community from their Malaga Island home, claiming the mixed-race inhabitants were morally and mentally deficient. This novel, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, is based on this tragic event. Ballerini's lyrical delivery highlights the poetic descriptions of the island's physical environment and the comfortable rhythms of daily... Read More

  • THE BURGLAR WHO MET FREDRIC BROWN

    THE BURGLAR WHO MET FREDRIC BROWN Bernie Rhodenbarr, Book 13

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lawrence Block | Read by Richard Ferrone

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The late Richard Ferrone is such a delight in one of his last audiobook performances. This one features Bernie Rhodenbarr, the Greenwich Village bookstore owner/virtuous and always fair burglar, who is the main character in Block's eponymous series. Ferrone hones his acting chops to a sharp and witty point. Bernie finds himself traveling between the real world and an idyllic... Read More

  • SINISTER GRAVES

    SINISTER GRAVES Cash Blackbear, Book 3

    by Marcie R. Rendon | Read by Isabella Star LaBlanc

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Isabella Star LaBlanc, who is Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, was wisely tapped to portray the enigmatic Cash Blackbear, who is now investigating the murder of an unidentified Ojibwe woman whose body washed ashore with recent flood waters. The lack of affect in LaBlanc's performance is calmly hypnotic and captures Blackbear's sense of belonging to neither the white nor the... Read More

  • A DANGEROUS BUSINESS

    A DANGEROUS BUSINESS

    by Jane Smiley | Read by Thérèse Plummer

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Author and narrator are both listener favorites, and this novel set on the Monterey Peninsula in the 1850s is sure to please fans of both. Part historical romance, part murder mystery, part ghost story, the narrative highlights the roles of women as fighters, detectives, and comrades in arms against the men who victimize them. The perspective is more modern than historical, and... Read More

  • A CURSE OF QUEENS

    A CURSE OF QUEENS Kingmaker Chronicles, Book 4

    by Amanda Bouchet | Read by Samantha Brentmoor

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Samantha Brentmoor narrates a fantasy romance set among the gods and mortals of Ancient Greece. Sister to the king, Jocasta is eager to prove her worth after a curse strikes the royal couple and threatens their unborn child. Brentmoor proves adept at balancing Jo's desire to find a place among the royal household and her longing to return to the village where she grew up. When... Read More

  • FALLING STARS

    FALLING STARS

    by Fern Michaels | Read by Susan Bennett

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Even Narrator Susan Bennett's usual amazing talents cannot put the "festive" in this holiday snooze fest. Beautiful but conflicted ski instructor Emily Ammerman and her BFF both fall for handsome and famous movie star Zach Ryder. Will love prevail? Bennett's portrayal of Emily as the mostly unlikable, shallow daughter of the ski lodge owners is spot-on. Her voice for the macho... Read More

  • LAWS OF DEPRAVITY

    LAWS OF DEPRAVITY Revised Edition (Martyr Maker, Book 1)

    by Eriq La Salle | Read by Eriq La Salle

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Actor, producer, and now author Eriq La Salle narrates a mystery featuring a series of gruesome murders of priests. The murders have been taking place over a period of 30 years. La Salle's delivery is a mix of warmth and dark pensiveness. His tone provides an eerie tension that creates suspense. However, a love story also unfolds, and La Salle provides just the right amount of... Read More

  • STOLEN CITY

    STOLEN CITY

    by Elisa A. Bonnin | Read by Marisol Ramirez

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Marisol Ramirez passionately narrates this fantasy audiobook. The city of Leithon is under imperial rule, and twins Arian and Liam assist the Resistance by stealing magical artifacts. Arian is voiced with confidence as she skillfully traverses rooftops despite the peril. Liam's burgeoning magic is outlawed, and Ramirez incorporates his complicated emotions into a gentle voice.... Read More

  • AN AMERICAN MARTYR IN PERSIA

    AN AMERICAN MARTYR IN PERSIA The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville

    by Reza Aslan | Read by Reza Aslan

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Reza Aslan narrates his historical exploration of the complex American evangelist and democratizer Howard Baskerville and his work in Iran in the early twentieth century. Aslan sets a moderate pace while explaining the religious and political aspirations that were the roots of Baskerville's work. For those who are history buffs, this is an intriguing listening experience about... Read More

  • BLACKWATER FALLS

    BLACKWATER FALLS Detective Inaya Rahman, Book 1

    by Ausma Zehanat Khan | Read by Fareeda Pasha

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Fareeda Pasha's calm, eloquent narration adds a layer of reality to this chilling story. Her tone is soft yet packs a punch that heightens the drama. A young, exemplary Muslim girl is found brutally murdered, and two other Muslim girls are missing. A Muslim woman from the Community Response Unit of the police department, Inaya, must work quickly to uncover the truth in a town... Read More

  • ACES WILD

    ACES WILD

    by Amanda DeWitt | Read by Robbie Daymond

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Robbie Daymond narrates Jack Shannon's first-person story, embracing the teen's wit, sardonic tones, and talent for grifting. Jack's mother, the CEO of a casino, has been arrested, and he is determined to get justice--by any means necessary. At boarding school, Jack has made four self-proclaimed asexual online friends. He calls on them to join him in Las Vegas to take down his... Read More

  • THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

    THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE What the Music You Love Says About You

    by Susan Rogers, Ogi Ogas | Read by Susan Rogers

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Susan Rogers narrates in an authentic, thoroughly charming voice that makes this fascinating audiobook a treat to hear. It's the type of amateur performance that speaks to listeners more with its vulnerability and enthusiasm than its polish, but it's beguiling nonetheless. This enlightening audiobook is an enticing mix of music neuroscience, the authors' knowledge of music... Read More

  • WILD FIRE

    WILD FIRE New Frontier, Book 1

    by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Anthony J. Melchiorri | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    There always will be a wide variety of people living on the border of civilization. That is certainly the case in this audiobook spin-off from the authors' popular sci-fi series, Trackers. Charged with animating a cross section of humanity is narrator Bronson Pinchot, best known as Balki Bartokomous from the classic '80s sitcom "Perfect Strangers." The verbally agile Pinchot... Read More

  • A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER

    A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER

    by Roger Zelazny | Read by Matt Godfrey

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Matt Godfrey flawlessly delivers Roger Zelazny's last--and possibly best--fantasy novel. Listeners meet Victorian characters who gather only when the full moon occurs on Halloween--3-4 times per century. They play the Game, in which Players battle to end the world or begin a new era of slaughter and slavery. Godfrey masterfully distinguishes the Players; for example, The Great... Read More

  • THE EXQUISITE MACHINE

    THE EXQUISITE MACHINE The New Science of the Heart

    by Sian E. Harding | Read by Polly Lee

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    You probably know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and around the world. But did you know that people really can die of a broken heart? Polly Lee's performance of this audiobook is careful and deliberate but spirited and engaging. That's the perfect combination for understanding the science--quite complicated at times--of the workings of the human... Read More

  • THE WAYS WE HIDE

    THE WAYS WE HIDE

    by Kristina McMorris | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Cassandra Campbell adds urgency and vivid characterizations to her melodic narrative voice in this novel about an illusionist during WWII. The plot revolves around young Fenna Vos, who emerged from a difficult Michigan childhood with secrets to conceal, even from herself. After becoming a talented professional magician, she's recruited to join a specialized unit of British... Read More

  • WE DESERVE MONUMENTS

    WE DESERVE MONUMENTS

    by Jas Hammonds | Read by Tamika Katon-Donegal

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Tamika Katon-Donegal poignantly defines the characters who enter the world of 17-year-old biracial, queer Avery one summer. Avery is uprooted from her home in DC and moved to the small Georgia town where her grandmother, Mama Letty, is terminally ill. Immediately, she addresses numerous challenges. The first is clearly defined by Katon-Donegal's portrayal of the cantankerous... Read More

  • MY LIFE IN DIRE STRAITS

    MY LIFE IN DIRE STRAITS The Inside Story of One of the Biggest Bands in Rock History

    by John Illsley, Mark Knopfler [Fore.] | Read by John Illsley

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Gracefully written by the British band's founding bass player, this nostalgic ride through his life before, during, and after Dire Straits' peak years (1977-1995) captures rock and roll's status as a cultural touchstone for baby boomers and musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. The author's no-fuss narration sounds quick, and the range of his tone and phrasing limited. But... Read More

  • RED FLAGS

    RED FLAGS Locard Institute, Book 1

    by Lisa Black | Read by Mia Barron

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Mia Barron portrays highly focused Washington, DC, forensic scientist Ellie Carr in a gritty voice as listeners follow Carr's investigation of the disappearance of a four-month-old baby. The missing child is the son of her first cousin, Rebecca, whose helpless demeanor clearly conveys her distress. The gravelly voices of the male law-enforcement characters contrast with the... Read More

  • THE BLACK FIVES

    THE BLACK FIVES The Epic Story of Basketball's Forgotten Era

    by Claude Johnson | Read by Claude Johnson

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In a soothing voice, the author narrates his own exhaustive dive into the origins of Black basketball, covering much of the first half of the twentieth century in detail. He goes back even further in tracing the roots of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the game in the 1800s. Occasionally, he lightly imitates someone but always with a tone of respect that denotes a... Read More

  • WILD IS THE WITCH

    WILD IS THE WITCH

    by Rachel Griffin | Read by Laura Knight Keating

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Laura Knight Keating propels listeners into a high-stakes journey through the wilderness as Iris Gray, a young witch, tracks an owl that is carrying a fatal curse. Accompanying Iris is Pike Alder, the curse's unwitting target. Keating builds the tension in her voice as the duo work together to survive the woods. While surrounded by nature, they begin to open up about... Read More

  • BACK TO THE GARDEN

    BACK TO THE GARDEN

    by Laurie R. King | Read by Vivienne Leheny

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Vivienne Leheny's steady delivery and warm tone welcome listeners into Laurie R. King's latest novel, a contemporary mystery set in California. While different from King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, it features an equally intriguing female detective in Raquel Laing, a police department cold case investigator. While working to identify victims of a 1970s serial killer,... Read More

  • HELL AND BACK

    HELL AND BACK Walt Longmire, Book 18

    by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    George Guidall compellingly narrates this latest tale of Walt Longmire. The longtime sheriff awakens in the street in the middle of a blizzard, remembering nothing of his past. He needs to piece together who he is and why he is in Fort Pratt, Montana, from clues he finds in his pockets. The citizens in town seem familiar, but how? Will their clues help him find his way home?... Read More

  • NONA THE NINTH

    NONA THE NINTH Locked Tomb, Book 3

    by Tamsyn Muir | Read by Moira Quirk

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Moira Quirk narrates the satisfyingly complex and enjoyably confusing third entry in the Locked Tomb series. The world is ending, but all Nona wants to do is have a birthday party with her favorite people and favorite dogs in attendance. Sadly, it's possible that no one will survive that long. Quirk's portrayal of Nona is utterly captivating. She has only been alive for about... Read More

  • YESTERDAY'S SPY

    YESTERDAY'S SPY

    by Tom Bradby | Read by George Weightman

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    British narrator George Weightman gives this intense story of espionage the gravitas and polish it deserves. He portrays posh Englishmen, crafty Russians, and entitled Iranians with skill, and deftly delivers the thriller's narrative. In 1953, Iran--backed by the CIA and the shah's henchmen--is poised to overthrow Prime Minister Mossadegh. Former spy Harry Tower, an agent's... Read More

  • FOX CREEK

    FOX CREEK Cork O'Connor, Book 19

    by William Kent Krueger | Read by David Chandler

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    David Chandler returns to narrate the nineteenth book in his series featuring Cork O'Connor, now a private investigator in remote northern Minnesota. He is hired to find a missing woman by a man he suspects is posing as her husband. Chandler's measured voice paints a picture of the stalwart investigator as his search takes him deep into the woods, where hundred-year-old Native... Read More

  • SWEETWATER & THE WITCH

    SWEETWATER & THE WITCH Harmony, Book 15

    by Jayne Castle | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Barbara Rosenblat returns the listener to Harmony, a world in which people's psychic senses are enhanced. Despite having been kidnapped and accused of being a witch, Ravenna Chastain remains unflappable, and Rosenblat's delivery reflects that steadiness. Matchmaker Ravenna takes on Ethan Sweetwater as a client and is challenged with the task of finding him a wife.... Read More

  • BARK TO THE FUTURE

    BARK TO THE FUTURE Chet and Bernie, Book 13

    by Spencer Quinn | Read by Jim Frangione

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Jim Frangione voices the latest installment in the much-loved Chet and Bernie mystery series. Listeners familiar with the series know that it is narrated by Chet, canine partner of private investigator Bernie Little. Frangione wisely chooses not to try to sound dog-like, while still capturing Chet's openness and humor. Chet often fails to understand a turn of phrase and is... Read More

  • DAWNSHARD

    DAWNSHARD Stormlight Archive, Book 3.5

    by Brandon Sanderson | Read by Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer alternate narrating this novella, part of the Stormlight Archive series. The story allows minor characters to step into the spotlight. Rysn is a wheelchair-bound shipowner who is hoping to treat her magical pet by traveling to its ancestral island home. The only catch is that the island is surrounded by a permanent storm that no one has ever... Read More

  • ELIZABETH FINCH

    ELIZABETH FINCH

    by Julian Barnes | Read by Justin Avoth

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    British actor Justin Avoth does a first-rate job narrating this confounding novel, a combination of love story and foray into ancient history. Avoth does his level best to keep the listener engaged with its characters. His narration gives the self-interested, angst-ridden Neil his very British due. The man sounds grounded in his culture, and Avoth's deliberate pace and Oxbridge... Read More

  • EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THE END

    EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THE END

    Earphones Award Winner

    by C.L. Polk | Read by January LaVoy

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    January LaVoy's captivating talents are on full display as she narrates a romantic, fantastical noir mystery. All Helen Brandt wants to do is wrap up an easy magical investigation and go dancing with her girl in the few days before her soul is claimed by a demon. But the case is more complicated than it seems, as is everything in this tightly written, beautifully narrated... Read More

  • REMEMBER LOVE

    REMEMBER LOVE Ravenswood, Book 1

    by Mary Balogh | Read by Rosalyn Landor

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Rosalyn Landor gives the listener a rich feeling of the British aristocracy. The story opens at a country party on Devlin Ware's family estate. Landor provides a mixture of accents, both upper to lower class. When confronted with his father's infidelities, Devlin Ware refuses to be silent and, as a result, is banished for six years. Landor gives a tone of maturity to... Read More

  • AIR

    AIR

    by Monica Roe | Read by Sandy Rustin

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Sandy Rustin deftly introduces 12-year-old Emmie Ethrige, her school, and friends. Impressively independent, Emmie is saving to buy a sport wheelchair in order to participate in motocross events. Emmie and her best friend, Ale, sell Spanish moss, pine cones, and wheelchair bags to make money for their projects. Rustin movingly presents Emmie and her dad as they cope with the... Read More

  • MURDER THROUGH THE ENGLISH POST

    MURDER THROUGH THE ENGLISH POST Beryl and Edwina, Book 6

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A phenomenal narration by the esteemed Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings all of the characters of this cozy mystery to life. Delivering seamless transitions between Beryl, the American adventuress, and Edwina, the prim and proper Brit, Rosenblat deftly navigates this story of poison-pen letters and preposterous rumor mongering. Convincing accents for all the... Read More

  • TWICE A QUINCEANERA

    TWICE A QUINCEANERA

    by Yamile Saied Méndez | Read by Marisol Ramirez

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Marisol Ramirez's multidimensional performance invites listeners to take part in an unexpected celebration of independence. When Nadia Palacio's relationship comes to a devastating end weeks before her wedding, Ramirez's sensible and straightforward tone embodies the resourceful young lawyer who decides to throw a double quinceañera (30th birthday party) instead of a... Read More

  • ICED

    ICED Dick Francis Novels, Book 10

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Felix Francis | Read by Martin Jarvis

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This entertaining audiobook, narrated masterfully by Golden Voice Martin Jarvis, is more than the story of a jockey racing a horse down the icy slope known as the Cresta Run. It's a novel about jockey Miles Pussett's struggles with depression, dependency, heartbreak, love, and the legacy of his father, a famed jockey who died in an accident while saving young Miles's life. In... Read More

  • SHUTTER

    SHUTTER

    by Ramona Emerson | Read by Charley Flyte

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Oglala Lakota/Mohawk actor Charley Flyte performs this supernatural mystery novel with the perfect balance of intrigue and suspense. Rita Todacheene is one of the best forensic photographers in the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. But she has a secret: She can see ghosts, an ability that helps her gain unique insights into her cases. Flyte's narration captures... Read More

  • TO KILL A TROUBADOUR

    TO KILL A TROUBADOUR Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 15

    by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Chief of Police Bruno, of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France, is brought alive by the stylish narration of Robert Ian Mackenzie. Bruno faces a number of challenges, including terrorists in his region, a tense political situation between France and Spain, and the potential return of the abusive ex-husband of his close friend. Mackenzie's familiarity and fondness for the... Read More

  • MAD FOR A MATE

    MAD FOR A MATE BeWere My Heart, Book 3

    by MaryJanice Davidson | Read by Susan Bennett

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Returning for the third installment of the BeWere My Heart series, Susan Bennett gives an energetic performance of the contemporary shifter romance. Verity Lane's status as a squib, a shifter who can't shift, leads her to a daredevil club of other non-shifting "wereanimals." After she washes up on his island, the handsome werebear Magus Berne can't shake the feeling that Verity... Read More

  • THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

    THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

    by Edward van de Vendel, Emma Rault [Trans.] | Read by Tom Picasso

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    In this slow-burn romance, narrator Tom Picasso imbues the Dutch protagonist, Tycho, with the reserved, cautious tone of a young adult who is struggling with his identity. Hoping to find direction in his life, Tycho comes to the U.S. to become a counselor at an international camp in Tennessee, where he meets Oliver, a young Norwegian with a deep but soft voice that belies... Read More

  • A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON

    A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alexandra Rowland | Read by Casey Jones

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Casey Jones tenderly delivers this slow-burn queer romance about a prince who can detect the composition of metals by touch. After an altercation with the father of the queen's new daughter, Prince Kadou is humiliated. To restore his reputation and prove himself useful, he investigates a nearby break-in with his newly appointed bodyguard, the stoic and handsome... Read More

  • HIGH TIMES IN THE LOW PARLIAMENT

    HIGH TIMES IN THE LOW PARLIAMENT

    by Kelly Robson | Read by Amy Scanlon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Amy Scanlon's British intonation and wry tone suit the delightfully charming, lazy, and witty scribe Lana Baker, who finds herself stuck in the Low Parliament. There she's made to transcribe endless angry debates that inevitably end in hung votes--despite the threat of death by flood if members can't come to an agreement, as decreed by the shrillvoiced fairies who... Read More

  • THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK

    THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK

    by Ellen Marie Wiseman | Read by Morgan Hallett

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Morgan Hallett narrates this engrossing story set in a state institution in the 1970s. While Sage Winters seems both resolute and hopelessly naïve, listeners will be shocked and riveted by her mistaken imprisonment in the grim facility known as Willowbrook, a supposed school for "mentally defective" and otherwise unwanted children. While this story is partly an exposé of a... Read More

  • A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS

    A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 23

    by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Lisette Lecat

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    With this audiobook, the 23rd installment in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, fans know that narrator Lisette Lecat's diction, clarity, and deftness with accents will not only transport them to Botswana but will also allow them to completely enjoy the ladies' endeavors once again. Grace Makutsi is behaving strangely, and that's how Mma Ramotswe finds out that Grace's... Read More

  • PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

    PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

    by Samantha Allen | Read by Susan Bennett, Justis Bolding, Cindy Kay, Laura Knight Keating, Jasmin Walker

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Five fantastic narrators expertly handle the multiple points of view in this delightfully odd ensemble story about a reality TV show similar to "The Bachelor" that is filming an episode on a remote island off the coast of Washington. From the exhausted drawl of the show's producer to the deep, throaty voice of the elderly lesbian innkeeper, each character comes alive in their... Read More

  • WAVE

    WAVE

    by Diana Farid | Read by Diana Farid

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Diana Farid delivers the verse of her novel with a slow, steady rhythm that mimics the waves that teen Ava surfs. The rhythm also heightens the strain Ava feels from repetitive fights with her mother about not wanting to become a doctor, interactions with a racist at the beach, sadness surrounding her absent father, and the expectations of the Persian community. As... Read More

  • THE IMMORTAL KING RAO

    THE IMMORTAL KING RAO

    by Vauhini Vara | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Soneela Nankani stretches beyond her work in world literature by taking on this genre-bending novel, which spans both dystopian sci-fi and historical themes. Athena is the AI brainchild of a fictional Indian tech giant named King Rao. Now she is poised to reveal his secrets to the world. Nankani gives her voice an ethereal quality that also manages to reflect the human... Read More

  • THE LOST RYU

    THE LOST RYU

    by Emi Watanabe Cohen | Read by Kurt Kanazawa

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Kurt Kanazawa gives a keenly connected performance of this sweet and emotionally complex middle-grade audiobook. The setting is 1960s Japan, and dragons exist alongside humans; Japan's dragons are called ryu. Kanazawa sounds eminently believable as Kohei, whose little ryu, Yuharu, is always perched on his shoulder. Kohei's grandfather is angry and sick, and Kohei is convinced... Read More

  • VALIANT LADIES

    VALIANT LADIES

    by Melissa Grey | Read by Frankie Corzo, Almarie Guerra

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrators Almarie Guerra and Frankie Corzo deliver this dual- perspective audiobook inspired by Latinx teenagers from the seventeenth century. With poise and precision, Guerra voices Kiki. Freshly engaged to the son of a powerful family, she has a bright future ahead. Former street kid Ana, who is adopted into Kiki's family, is portrayed by Corzo with unrestrained, sometimes... Read More

  • AVIVA VS. THE DYBBUK

    AVIVA VS. THE DYBBUK

    by Mari Lowe | Read by Leah Horowitz

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Leah Horowitz conveys the sense of a traditional culture with her able narration of Jewish terms and details evoking the Orthodox community in which sixth-grader Aviva Jacobs lives with her widowed mother. The story gives context to traditions like the mikvah (ritual bath), machanayim (a game Aviva excels at), the bas mitzvah (a coming-of-age celebration), and Aviva's complex... Read More

  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Morgan Talty | Read by Darrell Dennis

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Darrell Dennis narrates these 12 interconnected short stories with calculated restraint, empathy, and a sure sense of the author's voice. His gift for timing gives the Native American protagonist a powerful self-consciousness and convincing sense of his people (Maine's Penobscot tribe) and their place. The central character, David, tells the first-person stories in a... Read More

  • A DUKE FOR DIANA

    A DUKE FOR DIANA Designing Debutantes, Book 1

    by Sabrina Jeffries | Read by Beverley A. Crick

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    In this first installment in the Designing Debutantes Regency romance series, narrator Beverley Crick's delivery is filled with wit, charm, and just the right feistiness for the heroine, Lady Diana Harper. In disgrace with society through no fault of their own, Lady Diana and her two sisters put their knowledge of fashion into Elegant Occasions, a business that plans balls and... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERT ENTWISTLE

    THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERT ENTWISTLE

    by Matt Cain | Read by Simon Vance

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Simon Vance brings empathy and kindness to his portrayal of Albert Entwistle and his acquaintances in this good-hearted novel about late-in-life transformation. When we meet him, Albert is a 64-year-old English postman who has lived alone in his childhood home since the death of his parents. The Christmastime death of his one friend, a cat, shocks Albert into trying to make... Read More

  • FLY GIRL

    FLY GIRL A Memoir

    by Ann Hood | Read by Ann Hood

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Ann Hood (KITCHEN YARNS) gracefully narrates her memoir of the years she spent as a TWA stewardess. Opening with a history of flight attendants, she segues into airline training, travel adventures, and bumps in the air, and finishes with the demise of TWA and some words on its legacy. Hood's smoky mature voice expresses the self-confidence she gained as a result of her aviation... Read More

  • OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

    OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

    by Kristan Higgins | Read by CJ Bloom, Xe Sands

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators CJ Bloom and Xe Sands deliver a fantastic dual performance of a unique story told from two perspectives. Lillie becomes a jaded empty nester after her husband leaves her for another woman and she is left to her own devices to figure out what's next in her life. Interestingly, the novel's other perspective follows the other woman, Melissa, who is doing everything she... Read More

  • THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME

    THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME

    by Lars Mytting, Paul Russel Garrett [Trans.] | Read by Robin Laing

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Robin Laing's performance of this audiobook--a novel by the author of the well-known NORWEGIAN WOOD--is thoughtful and meticulous. Part family saga, part mystery, the story spans Norway, France, and the Shetland Islands as Edvard learns the details surrounding his unusual early history. Laing has a pleasing voice, which he alters effectively to suit each speaker, sometimes to... Read More

  • HIGH SPIRITS

    HIGH SPIRITS

    by Camille Gomera-Tavarez | Read by Coral Peña

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Coral Peña's narration of these short stories is both contemporary and timeless. The disconnections of the Dominican diaspora are palpable in the tales of the Belén family, as the varied time periods and locations of the stories are not always immediately apparent. Peña convincingly delivers Beléns of different ages and backgrounds as members of the family spread throughout the... Read More

  • BAD ACTORS

    BAD ACTORS Slough House, Book 8

    by Mick Herron | Read by Gerard Doyle

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Gerard Doyle narrates another installment in the Slough House series as the group of screw-up spies attempt to prevent a scandal from casting the entire intelligence community in a negative light. The disappearance of a think-tank specialist with a track record of accurately predicting policy outcomes has MI5 racing to find her. Moscow and London intelligence are thrown into... Read More

  • COMPANION PIECE

    COMPANION PIECE

    by Ali Smith | Read by Natalie Simpson

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    There's so much going on in this compact audiobook that it hardly seems possible all the details could dovetail so well. Natalie Simpson is a deft narrator no matter where or when a scene is taking place. Her beautifully accented voice has a musical quality that suits Smith's lyrical prose. One minute Simpson is bringing the novel's beauty poetically to life through her... Read More

  • DEATH IN A BLACKOUT

    DEATH IN A BLACKOUT Billie Harkness, Book 1

    by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Elizabeth Sastre

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The first in a WWII mystery series, narrated with energy by Elizabeth Sastre, features plucky British Women's Police Constable (WPC) Wilhelmina "Billie" Harkness. When a timely letter from a distant cousin, an effervescently voiced Lydia, arrives after a tragic accident, Billie seizes the opportunity for a fresh start in a new city. She soon joins the recently established WPC... Read More

  • THE GOLDENACRE

    THE GOLDENACRE

    by Philip Miller | Read by Robin Lange

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Robin Lange brings a strong Scottish accent to this audiobook; it takes some getting used to but ultimately serves this story well. Thomas Tallis, a government official with a checkered past, has come from London to authenticate Charles Rennie Mackintosh's haunting painting titled "The Goldenacre," which was reputedly his last work. It is about to be donated to a... Read More

  • THE REAL HANK AARON

    THE REAL HANK AARON An Intimate Look at the Life and Legacy of the Home Run King

    by Terrence Moore, Dusty Baker [Fore.] | Read by James Shippy

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This engaging audiobook is not a biography of baseball's home run king. Rather, it's a portrait of Hank Aaron as seen through the eyes of a journalist who has experienced many of the same racial issues during his own career. Terrence Moore calls himself "the Hank Aaron whisperer" because he was one of the slugger's few confidants. Narrator James Shippy is equally comfortable... Read More

  • THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER

    THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER Isabel Dalhousie, Book 14

    by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Davina Porter

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Davina Porter makes her fourteenth appearance as everyone's favorite moral philosopher, Isabel Dalhousie. Ignoring husband Jamie's cautions about getting involved in more than she can handle, Isabel agrees to serve on the advisory committee of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She is also called upon to help a friend whose husband and son are at odds. Ignoring... Read More

  • THE AMBULANCE CHASER

    THE AMBULANCE CHASER

    by Brian Cuban | Read by Graham Rowat

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Graham Rowat narrates an addictive thriller in which a lawyer becomes a fugitive in order to save his son. Jason is a personal injury lawyer with a side hustle delivering drugs--which fuels his own substantial drug habit. Driven by a surprisingly deep well of humanity and morality, Jason finds his life is upended when secrets from his past come to light. Rowat's narration... Read More

  • LAST EXIT

    LAST EXIT

    by Max Gladstone | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Natalie Naudus's immersive delivery immediately draws listeners into Gladstone's kaleidoscopic adventure. Estranged in the wake of their last failed mission, a group of friends with deep wounds and unusual powers must reunite to defeat forces that are threatening to tear apart their world and every alternate world they've visited or hope to. Naudus readily dives into a... Read More

  • ONE-SHOT HARRY

    ONE-SHOT HARRY

    by Gary Phillips | Read by Leon Nixon

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Leon Nixon's deep, mellow voice establishes the perfect tone for this noir crime story set in Los Angeles in 1963. Harry Ingram is an African-American news photographer, process server, and Korean war vet. Nixon's careful portrayal adds a tone of sadness that reflects Ingram's PTSD. When an army buddy is said to have died in a car accident, Ingram searches for the true... Read More

  • THE SHAPE OF HOME

    THE SHAPE OF HOME

    by Rashin Kheiriyeh | Read by Samara Naeymi

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Children

    Young listeners will appreciate having the hardcover picture book in hand as Samara Naeymi narrates this joyful story of an immigrant child's first day of school in America. From an animated first-person perspective, Rashin describes her new surroundings through the shapes she observes and recalls her life in Iran by the shapes she remembers. There are smiley-face pancakes,... Read More

  • ROUGE STREET

    ROUGE STREET Three Novellas

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Shuang Xuetao, Jeremy Tiang [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Brian Nishii gives these three novellas a vivid, unforgettable performance. His sense of timing and his pace work well, and he shifts his tone from character to character subtly but intelligently. Honoring the spare prose, Nishii illuminates the harsh existences of the characters. Job loss, beatings, and other violence take place, but there's wit and whimsy, too. Family... Read More

  • THE OTHER MOTHER

    THE OTHER MOTHER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rachel M. Harper | Read by January LaVoy, William DeMeritt

    Recorded Books | Unabridged
    Fiction

    January LaVoy and William DeMeritt are well paired narrators for this audiobook, in which a complex family saga is told through multiple points of view. DeMeritt begins with the portrayal of a gifted pianist named Jenry, who leaves his mother in Miami to attend Brown University. In returning to Rhode Island, his birthplace, he seeks answers to questions he has about his father.... Read More

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