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In a smooth, cultured voice, narrator Georgina Sutton inhabits French noblewoman and author Christine de Pizan, who is most famous for her 1405 work about women. Christine, in a dreamlike state, meets three Virtues--Reason, Rectitude, and Justice--who help her build the City of Ladies. As Christine asks questions about the roles, vitality, and superiority of women, Sutton... Read More
A brief review can only hint at the many pleasures of this fine anthology of the best short stories of the past 50 years, performed by some of the most gifted narrators working today. Every listener will single out favorites, but there are few, if any, stiffs here, and the match of story to narrator shows a shrewd understanding of the interior character and distinctive voice... Read More
Narrator Johnny Heller is an inspired choice for this fun audiobook about the fourth rock from the sun. Not so long ago, people believed Mars had intelligent life that roamed its surface, constructing canals. Now humans dream of visiting there. Heller is equal parts tour guide, scientist, and observer as he shares this comprehensive look at why Earth's inhabitants are so... Read More
An epic novel enveloping a wide swath of European colonialism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is deftly narrated by Robin Miles. The novel opens in Montana with the adventures and tribulations of Victor, a Crow Indian boy who, approaching manhood, is heading out on his vision quest. Victor's mother, Rosa, from Trinidad, is the daughter of a formerly enslaved father... Read More
Series narrator Carol Monda's gravelly voice draws out every mile Cass Neary has traveled over the course of the author's thrillers. In this newest installment, Cass, a photographer, finds herself down and out in London, minus her camera. A chance meeting with an old acquaintance presents an opportunity to make quick cash by selling a rare ancient book. Monda delivers clear... Read More
Alan Cumming returns to narrate this sequel to Tony DiTerlizzi's KENNY AND THE DRAGON. This time, Kenny Rabbit and other small animals join forces to rescue Kenny's best friend, Grahame the dragon, from a witch who traps rare legendary creatures inside a magical book. Cumming is clearly having lots of fun while giving distinctive comical voices to Kenny's numerous baby sisters,... Read More
Dawn is thriving as a mom and wife with a fulfilling career when a plane crash leaves her second-guessing everything. Patti Murin admirably narrates this complex novel, providing a strong yet pleasant voice for Dawn at this crossroads. Dawn's early adulthood as an Egyptian archaeologist took a sudden turn many years before when she returned home to her dying mother and stayed... Read More
Did you know eels can live for an impressive amount of time out of water or that, despite thousands of years of observation, we still don't fully understand the eel's life cycle? Narrator Alex Wyndam skillfully uses pitch and thoughtful pacing to underscore author Svensson's passion for these singular fish, which have been studied by a diverse range of researchers and have had... Read More
In a story spanning generations, Bahni Turpin and Sophie Amoss deliver mesmerizing performances. Turpin portrays Hannie Gossett, born a slave, trying to make a life for herself after "the Freedom." Turpin is outstanding as Hannie, who is determined not to be defeated as she searches for her family--last seen on the auction block. Amoss portrays Benny Silva, a thoughtful,... Read More
Narrator Imogen Church delivers a magical performance in this story of self-discovery. In her childhood years, Emily was the inspiration for a series of popular children's novels written by her late grandmother. Now an adult, Emily grieves the loss of her grandmother until she receives a letter suggesting the existence of a final manuscript. During the hunt for this last book,... Read More
Theo Solomon's narration is astounding in this story of a ruined future in which humanity is slowly dying and technology is viewed as magic from the past. While the audiobook is outstanding in its examination of humanity's struggle in an evolving world, it's the authenticity of Solomon's voice that makes it so emotionally compelling and deeply personal. He crafts every word... Read More
Narrators Almarie Guerra and Jayme Mattler create a heartbreaking portrait of a mother's detention and forced separation from her sons under this country's recent zero tolerance immigration policy. This compelling memoir alternates between the perspectives of the two authors. Guatemalan Rosayra Pablo Cruz is portrayed by Guerra. Her voice is clear and strong, but breaks in... Read More
In this compendium of 17 short stories, the listener is treated to a variety of mysteries, each with a very different focus. It's a mix typified by stories like "The Reconstruction Club," set in post-WWI England, in which a group of people gather to reenact intriguing cases, and "The Chocolate Underpants Caper," the irreverent story of a grievance officer with the American... Read More
Jesus--a married Middle Eastern teenager? Well, he's only a secondary character in this imagined historical audiobook, which centers on the constricted life of his young wife, Ana. Mozhan Marnò evokes life in the ancient Holy Lands in a raspy voice that evokes stories from the Old Testament and the Torah. She inhabits the inner life of this poised, mature young woman from days... Read More
Listeners seeking a break from today's challenges should download this thoughtful historical audiobook performed by three talented narrators. The story involves three women who lived in three different centuries. Eva Kaminsky adeptly conveys the ambiguities and hesitations of Lily, a second wife who declines an academic post to stay at home with her young children in... Read More
Narrator Coral Pena emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. as a young woman. The heroine of this audiobook, Adana, did the same thing. This matters because a sense of place and identity are important in this impressive literary mystery. The story follows Adana as she moves to New Orleans and writes a science fiction/fantasy bestseller. Two generations later, her... Read More
In a warm, conversational tone, narrator Janina Edwards guides listeners through this aptly titled survey of black American excellence. Ranging from the familiar (athletes, inventors, civil rights leaders) to the less widely known (entrepreneurs, beauty innovators, and environmentalists), the collected mini-biographies are grouped by subject area. But this is no dry history... Read More
When you contemplate the remains of ancient humans, don't you wish they could somehow talk to you? In this deeply satisfying audiobook, it happens. Australian filmmaker Shelby Apple is obsessed with a 46,000-year-old skeleton called Learned Man. Apple's story alternates with Learned Man's, as he tells us who he was, what he did, and what his death at Lake Learned meant. In Paul... Read More
Delivering this gentle invitation to develop all the layers of yourself, a veteran TV actress narrates with the slow cadence and solid believability of a bighearted preacher. Tina Lifford's vocal tone and style are deeply rewarding to hear; her sound has the character of someone who cares about how her listeners grapple with today's world of false narratives and fragmented... Read More
Sofia Quintero's performance of this audiobook is compelling. Listeners are drawn into her first-person portrayal of Marisol, who encourages her nephew, Ramón, to solve a mystery with a twist: Marisol died during the Cuban Revolution, and Ramón is living in present-day New Jersey. Listeners come to know Marisol's ghost, particularly her empathetic voice, which Quintero... Read More
Narrated by transgender activist Shakina Nayfack, this audiobook tells the story of a transwoman raised as a sex slave. It is set in postapocalyptic America, where a plague has decimated the female population (and, to a lesser extent, the male population), and women of childbearing age are a precious commodity, hunted down and kidnapped. Nayfack's voice can range from soft and... Read More
Author/narrator Marion Winik's clarity, pacing, and charm will have listeners quickly enjoying this surprisingly moving audiobook. A lot of the appeal is in her writing, in which she comes across as a likable artist/observer with some great stories about the lives she chronicles. Her subjects are people she knew in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Austin, and Baltimore. They're all... Read More
The powerful voices of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton deliver their new audiobook. Based on a lifelong series of conversations between mother and daughter, this work gives listeners an opportunity to embrace the impact, major and minor, of various women throughout history. Whether fighting for equality or going where no woman has gone before, the women in this... Read More
Narrators Everest de Montebello and Marc Thompson provide a young knight with a youthful voice and a large ogre with a deep and gravelly voice in this examination of children’s perception. At the beginning of the audiobook, the characters confidently inhabit their own sides of a brick wall. As the story unfolds, things are not exactly what the knight thinks they should be.... Read More
Michael Quinlan narrates in a patient, inquiring tone as this audiobook provocatively explores the art of asking insightful questions and points out the improvements in one's life that can result. Berger posits that asking discerning questions can lead to new mental connections and creativity, bring out the best in oneself and others, and assist one in making difficult... Read More
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