The Listen List

Established in 2010 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them.

The Listen List Council selects a list of twelve titles including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries. The list of winning titles is annotated, stressing the appeal elements of the title, and includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. The Council announces the winning titles at the CODES Book and Media Awards Reception, held the Sunday of each ALA Midwitner Meeting. All selected titles are published on the RUSA Web site following the event.

The Council consists of seven librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development. Librarians interested in serving on The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Council should consult the committee membership information page .

Publishers, authors, and narrators interested in having their titles considered for The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration should review the  submission guidelines. For further information, please visit the committee roster page (login required) or the staff contact page.

The Lists

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“The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi "

Narrated by Lameece Issaq and Amin El Gamal. HarperAudio. The most feared pirate in the Indian Ocean, Amina al-Sirafi just wanted a quiet retirement with her daughter, but one final job pulls her back into the magical fray. Chakraborty’s picaresque novel should be experienced in audio as Amina, narrated by Lameece Issaq, relates her adventures to a scribe in a tavern, voiced by Amin El Gamal. Superb comic timing will make listeners feel like they are overhearing this epic tale from the next table.


A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall. Narrated by Angèle Masters. Hachette Audio.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Narrated by Nick Podehl. Brilliance Audio.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Narrated by Michael Page. Books on Tape.

“Chain-Gang All-Stars”

Written by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Narrated by Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch, and Lee Osorio. Books on Tape. The violence is visceral in this cleverly structured novel set in the near future United States. Welcome to a world where convicts are tapped to participate in the newest craze, fights to the death televised for the public’s viewing pleasure. This multicast production brings each character to life, giving listeners a front-row seat, cheering for the winners and mourning the losers.


The Running Man by Stephen King. Narrated by Kevin Kenerly. Simon & Schuster Audio.

This Life by Quntos KunQuest and Zachary Lazar. Narrated by Sean Crisden. HighBridge.

Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road To Repair by Danielle Sered. Narrated by Emily Durante. Tantor Media.

“Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger”

Written by Tony Tetro and Giampiero Ambrosi. Narrated by Richard Ferrone, Tony Tetro and Giampiero Ambrosi. Hachette Audio. Notorious art forger Tetro and coauthor Ambrosi plunge listeners into the seedy world of art dealing in the 1970s and 1980s--cocaine, dalliances, Ferarris, and booze-soaked antics. From secret rooms to trials and royal scandals, Tetro’s tale is never boring. Richard Ferrone’s narration complements the story perfectly, with a gruff, smoky voice that evokes late nights full of cigars and alcohol.


The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel. Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Michael Finkel. Books on Tape.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li. Narrated by Eunice Wong and Austin Ku. Books on Tape.

Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint by Lee Durkee. Narrated by Matt Godfrey. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Fractal Noise”

Written by Christopher Paolini. Narrated by Jennifer Hale. Macmillan Audio. The crew of the spaceship Adamura are on a mission of exploration when they encounter a mysterious anomaly on Talos VII. As they undertake an arduous journey to reach the source through a harsh, desolate landscape, the crew faces internal struggles every bit as challenging as the physical trials they are enduring. Jennifer Hale expertly voices a diverse cast of characters while sound effects ominously punctuate the text, ratcheting up the tension.


Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield. Narrated by Annabel Baldwin and Robyn Holdaway. Dreamscape Media.

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, translated by Barbara Lem and Tomasz Lem. Narrated by Alessandro Juliani. Brilliance Audio.

The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud. Narrated by Sophie Amoss. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Happiness Falls “

Written by Angie Kim. Narrated by Shannon Tyo, Sean Patrick Hopkins, and Thomas Pruyn. Books on Tape. Her father’s disappearance impels high-achieving genius Mia to search. The twenty-something’s brother Eugene has both autism and Angelman syndrome--he’s nonverbal and the only witness. Shannon Tyo conveys Mia’s blunt affect, though her protectiveness shines through as she analyzes her family, seeking truth. Xenophobia and ability bias permeate the police investigation, with Eugene’s testimony as counterpoint, authentically performed by fellow autistic community member Thomas Pruyn. Sean Patrick Hopkins voices their vanished father in a moving coda.


All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien. Narrated by Aileen Huynh, Yen Nguyen, and Amelia Nguyen.

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris. Narrated by Huw Parmenter. Simon & Schuster Audio.

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang. Narrated by Brian Nishii. Recorded Books.

“The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store “

Written by James McBride. Narrated by Dominic Hoffman. Books on Tape. In a small 1930s Pennsylvania town, conflicts involving a few good people and some evil operators boil over. The suspicious death of a kindly Jewish woman and incarceration of a Black child galvanize community action. Dominic Hoffman ably employs storytelling cadences of both Black and Jewish speakers.


The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff. Narrated by Soneela Nankani. Books on Tape.

King of the Armadillos by Wendy Chin-Tanner. Narrated by Feodor Chin. Macmillan Audio.

The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger. Narrated by CJ Wilson. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Infinity Gate”

Written by M. R. Carey. Narrated by Dami Olukoya. Hachette Audio. When Lagos-based physicist Hadiz Tambuwal succeeds in stepping onto a pristine parallel Earth, she sees relief from resource deprivation for all. Infinite worlds hold infinite human variation, and an alliance of Earths already alert against trespassers. From Hadiz’s Lagosian lilt to the accents of alternate Nigerias and modulated tones of AI, Dami Olukoya creates irresistible character voices. As the Pandominion mobilizes for war, her narration masterfully personalizes their atrocities across the multiverse.


Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh. Narrated by Nneka Okoye. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Translation State by Ann Leckie. Narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Hachette Audio.

Version Control by Dexter Palmer. Narrated by January LaVoy. Books on Tape.

“King: A Life”

Written by Jonathan Eig. Narrated by Dion Graham. Macmillan Audio. In this powerhouse biography, Eig uses newly released FBI documents and recordings of Coretta Scott King to augment Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Dion Graham’s pitch-perfect characterization sweeps the listener along, providing gravitas and warmth and doing justice to the portrayal of this beloved Civil Rights leader’s life.


Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow. Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach. Blackstone Audio.

His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by John Meacham and John Lewis.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela. Narrated by Michael Boatman. Hachette Audio.

“The Laughter”

Written by Sonora Jha. Narrated by Christopher Grove and Deepti Gupta. HarperAudio. Oliver Harding, self-proclaimed “Man of Pallor,” is a smug, tenured academic obsessed with Ruhaba, a female Pakistani colleague. He befriends her nephew, at the behest of the FBI, with prurient designs on her. Christopher Grove voices Oliver with initial likability, quickly morphing into a chillingly bland tone that reveals his complete lack of moral compass. Deepti Gupta reveals Ruhaba as quite different from Oliver’s projections of her.


How Can I Help You by Laura Sims. Narrated by Carlotta Brentan and Maggi-Meg Reed. Books on Tape.

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell. Narrated by Kristen Atherton et al. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka. Narrated by Mozhan Marno and Jim Meskimen. HarperAudio.

“The Love You Save “

Written by Goldie Taylor. Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Harlequin Audio. Taylor’s memoir of growing up in East St. Louis recounts a childhood full of abuse and neglect where writing became a solace. Bahni Turpin gives dynamic range to the characters of Taylor’s life, allowing listeners to sympathize with and love her family as the young girl finds hope in tragedy. The author’s indomitability comes through in Turpin’s compassionate narration.


Finding Me by Viola Davis. Narrated by Viola Davis. HarperAudio.

Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls. Narrated by Jeannette Walls. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Tough: My Journey to True Power by Terry Crews. Narrated by Terry Crews. Books on Tape.

“Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murders”

Written by Jesse Q. Sutanto. Narrated by Eunice Wong. Books on Tape. Widowed, 60-year-old Vera lives a very orderly life in San Francisco’s Chinatown until the body of a man is found in her tea shop. Surprised when the police think her meddlesome, she decides to find the killer. Along the way, she plays host, chef, and matchmaker to a variety of suspects. Eunice Wong imbues this cozy mystery with warmth and humor while providing distinct voices for a large cast of eccentric characters.


Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu. Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. Tantor Media.

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien. Narrated by Cheryl May. JournalStone Publishing.

Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge by Spencer Quinn. Narrated by Petrea Burchard. Macmillan Audio.

“Yellowface “

Written by R.F. Kuang. Narrated by Helen Laser. HarperAudio. June should be happy for her friend Athena’s runaway literary success, but with her own writing career stalled, she is consumed by jealousy. When Athena unexpectedly dies and leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, June takes it and passes it off as her own but struggles to keep her deception a secret. Helen Laser’s voice drips with envy and snark as she superbly captures June’s escalating rage.


I’m Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutano. Narrated by Yu-Li Alice Shen, et al. Books on Tape.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Narrated by Kirby Heyborne. Macmillan Audio

Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft. Narrated by Carlotta Brentan. Books on Tape.

“The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories"

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Julia Whelan. HarperAudio. Walter’s memorable stories in his latest collection range from poignant to slyly funny. The common elements are vivid characters and shrewd dialog, allowing Edoardo Ballerini and Julia Whelan to showcase their exemplary narrating skill. Voicing different genders, ages, and accents, these two powerhouse narrators provide depth and honesty to the stories and prove they can do it all.


Antarctica by Claire Keegan. Narrated by Sheena May, Aoife McMahon, Aidan Quinn, and Sophie Roberts. HighBridge.

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes. Narrated by Justin Avoth. Recorded Books.

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land by Omer Friedlander. Narrated by Assaf Cohen and Gilli Messer. Books on Tape.

“The Bangalore Detectives Club” by Harini Nagendra

Written by Harini Nagendra. Narrated by Soneela Nankani. Blackstone Publishing. Newly married Kaveri uses her connections, natural curiosity, and love of science to see if she can solve a murder. The listener is immediately immersed in 1920s southern India by Soneela Nankani's able expression of a wide range of characters' speech; she particularly shines with the soft, lilting intonation of the novel's heroine.


The Bombay Prince by Sujata Massey. Narrated by Sneha Mathan. Recorded Books.

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari. Read by Jodie Harris. Dreamscape Media.

Secrets of the Nile by Tasha Alexander. Narrated by Bianca Amato. Macmillan Audio.

“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

Narrated by Julia Whelan. Books on Tape. When sisters from New York take a vacation to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, literary agent Nora gets to experience her own small-town romance after a history of being dumped for rural rivals–just like the trope. Julia Whelan delivers spot-on characterizations and a slow burn steamy enough to entice the most jaded of genre savvy listeners.


The Book Haters’ Book Club by Gretchen Anthony. Narrated by Tanya Eby. Harlequin Audio.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston. Narrated by Eileen Stevens. Books on Tape.

Meant to Be by Emily Giffin. Narrated by Caroline Hewitt. Books on Tape.

“The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. HarperAudio. Based on the true story of Mila Pavlichenko, aka Lady Death, a bookish student turns feared sniper in World War II. Mila will do whatever it takes to survive the war, make her country proud, and return home to her young son. Saskia Maarleveld lends a strong sense of place with her masterful accents. She captures the emotional nuances of Quinn’s varied characters in realizing this incredible story. The author’s note provides fascinating historical details.


The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. Narrated by Mozhan Marno. Books on Tape.

The Rebel and the Kingdom: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Overthrow the North Korean Regime by Bradley Hope. Narrated by Lee Osorio. Books on Tape.

The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters. Narrated by Emma Gregory. Blackstone Publishing.

“An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong

Narrated by Ed Yong. Books on Tape. An Immense World explores life as perceived by animals on land, sea, and air, from mantis shrimp to elephants. The author’s passion for the topic shines through in his writing, illuminating the conundrum of attempting to understand (and coexist with) species whose sensory experience is very different from ours. Informative, with a touch of humor, Ed Yong’s engaging narration will appeal to a wide audience.


The Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian Sumner. Narrated by Seirian Sumner. HarperAudio.

The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty by Sy Montgomery. Narrated Sy Montgomery. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman. Narrated by John Hastings. HighBridge.

“Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting” by Clare Pooley

Narrated by Clare Corbett. Books on Tape. Iona has been an advice columnist for years but feels adrift in her own life. She and her fellow passengers don’t engage until a medical emergency on the train brings their lives colliding together. Clare Corbett gives this audiobook a full cast feel with her clever differentiation of characters, highlighting the novel’s quirkiness and charm.


Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner. Read by Juliet Stevenson. MacMillan Audio.

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson. Read by Katharine Lee McEwan and Helen Lloyd. Books on Tape.

The Sign for Home by Blair Fell. Narrated by Blair Fell. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting” by Sophie Irwin

Narrated by Eleanor Tomlinson. Books on Tape. Kitty Talbot takes part in the London season with the goal of marrying a husband whose fortune will save her family from ruin. However, Lord Radcliffe, elder brother of her first target, threatens to upend her plans. Eleanor Tomlinson’s dexterous narration adds to the characters’ dimensionality and a lively recreation of nineteenth-century ambiance.


Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne. Narrated by Moira Quirk. HarperAudio.

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera Narrated by Nneka Okoye. Harlequin Audio.

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore. Narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki. Books on Tape.

“The Patron Saint of Second Chances” by Christine Simon

Narrated by Tim Francis. Simon & Schuster Audio. To keep the water from being shut off in a tiny Italian village, the mayor finds a way to save his community. He starts a rumor that a famous movie star is coming to town to film a major motion picture, leaving locals clamoring for roles. Tim Francis’ precise comic timing and theatricality perfectly add to the story’s enjoyable mayhem.


The Boys by Katie Hafner. Narrated by BJ Harrison.Spiegel & Grau by OrangeSky Audio.

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Narrated by Eva Kaminsky and Gabra Zackman. Macmillan Audio.

Mr. Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe. Narrated by Kristen Atherton. HighBridge.

“Playing with Myself” by Randy Rainbow

Narrated by Randy Rainbow. Macmillan Audio. Randy Rainbow was born to be an entertainer, but the journey hasn’t always been easy. From childhood theatrics in Florida through years of finding his voice and making it in New York City, he forges his way and brightens up the world for his audience. Telling his own story with candor and the audio equivalent of jazz hands to zhuzh things up, this memoir will leave listeners hoping for an encore


Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon. Narrated by Molly Shannon. HarperAudio.

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan. Narrated by Leslie Jordan. HarperAudio.

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture by Guy Branum and Mindy Kaling. Narrated by Guy Branum and Mindy Kaling. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Narrated by Randy Rainbow. Macmillan Audio. Randy Rainbow was born to be an entertainer, but the journey hasn’t always been easy. From childhood theatrics in Florida through years of finding his voice and making it in New York City, he forges his way and brightens up the world for his audience. Telling his own story with candor and the audio equivalent of jazz hands to zhuzh things up, this memoir will leave listeners hoping for an encore.


Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon. Narrated by Molly Shannon. HarperAudio.

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan. Narrated by Leslie Jordan. HarperAudio.

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture by Guy Branum and Mindy Kaling. Narrated by Guy Branum and Mindy Kaling. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile” by Candice Millard

Narrated by Paul Michael. Books on Tape. In the 1850s, British frenemies John Hanning Speke and Richard Burton risk their lives competing to locate the source of the Nile. Their guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, a previously uncredited star of the expeditions, is instrumental in their survival and success. Paul Michael’s pacing builds tension and heightens the adventure while incorporating individual voices for each historical figure, making this nonfiction sound like a novel.


Born to be Hanged: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Raided the South Seas, Rescued a Princess, and Stole a Fortune by Keith Thomson. Narrated by Feodor Chin. Hachette Audio.

The Last Slave Ship, The: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning by Ben Raines, Narrated by Kevin R.Free. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton. Narrated by Vikas Adam. Books on Tape.

“Stories from the Tenants Downstairs” by Sidik Fofana

Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nile Bullock, Sidik Fofana, Dominic Hoffman, DePre Owens, André Santana, Bahni Turpin, and Jade Wheeler. Simon & Schuster Audio. In this debut collection, eight low-income residents of Banneker Terrace, a high-rise in Harlem, tell their intersecting stories. With gentrification looming around the corner, threatening eviction, the tenants struggle to cling to their homes. A full cast expresses the rhythm of Fofana's dialog and embodies the characters' joys and frustrations.


Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Narrated by Dion Graham. Books on Tape.

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe. Narrated by Shayna Small. HarperAudio.

Mecca by Susan Straight. Narrated by Frankie Corzo, Patricia R. Floyd, Shaun Taylor-Corbett. Recorded Books.

“Take My Hand” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Narrated by Lauren J. Daggett. Books on Tape. Civil, an idealistic young Black nurse in 1970s Alabama, is tasked with giving birth control shots to two sisters, just eleven and thirteen years old. Then, horrified by the forced sterilization of poor women of color, she sues her former federal employer. Narrating with heart and empathy, Lauren J. Daggett brings out the raw emotion of this story inspired by true events.


The Making of Her by Bernadette Jiwa. Narrated by Aoife McMahon. Books on Tape.

My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson. Narrated by Jelani Alladin. MacMillan Audio.

Memphis by Tara M.Stringfellow. Narrated by Karen Murray, Adenrele Ojo, and Tara M. Stringfellow. Books on Tape.

“Unlikely Animals” by Annie Hartnett

Narrated by Mark Bramhall and Kirby Heyborne. Books on Tape. A chorus of ghosts observe their New Hampshire town with fond lamentation for life unlived. Born healer Emma Starling returns home as her father’s illness advances but can no more cure him than she can her brother’s opioid addiction. Narrating ghosts, town, and the fractured Starling family, Mark Bramhall performs distinct, authentic characters and Kirby Heyborne convincingly narrates the journals of real naturalist (and meddlesome spirit) Ernest Harold Baynes in this darkly whimsical tale.


Joan is Ok by Weike Wang. Narrated by Catherine Ho. Books on Tape.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie. HarperCollins.

The Shore by Katie Runde. Narrated by Andi Arndt, Priya Ayyar, Dan Bittner, and Inés del Castillo. Simon & Schuster Audio.

Narrated by Catherin Ho. Recorded Books. When Jessamyn leaves the United States for a new life in Malaysia, possession by the ghost of her grandmother – who has a secret and violent agenda of her own – is only the beginning of her problems. Catherine Ho immerses the listener in the culture and beauty of Malaysia and guides us through the loving exasperation of extended family before making the magic and danger of the book feel utterly real.


“Cackle” by Rachel Harrison. Narrated by Dylan Moore. Books on Tape.

“The Chosen and the Beautiful” by Nghi Vo. Narrated by Natalie Naudus. Macmillan Audio.

“Gods of Jade and Shadow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Narrated by Yetta Gottesman. Books on Tape.

“Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile

Narrated by Brandi Carlile. Books on Tape. Award-winning musician Carlile’s memoir has the feel of an acoustic jam session followed by an intimate chat about family, faith, and the unexpected places dreams take us. Her wholehearted, joyful narration, combined with the audiobook-exclusive accompanying tracks, provide an glimpse into her life.


“Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics” by Dolly Parton. Narrated by Dolly Parton. Recorded Books.

“Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein. Narrated by Carrie Brownstein. Books on Tape.

“More Myself” by Alicia Keys. Narrated by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Swizz Beats and Terri Augelo. Macmillan Audio.

“The Final Revival of Opal and Nev” by Dawnie Walton

Narrated by Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin, James Langton, Andre De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman & a full cast. Simon & Schuster Audio. This oral history of musicians Opal Jewel and Nev Charles brings the 1970s music scene to life via interviews conducted by a journalist “who uncovers a dark allegation with the potential to tarnish the band’s legacy. The full-cast performance will have listeners seeking out the recordings of these legendary (yet fictional) artists.


“The Anatomy of Desire: A Novel” by L.R. Dorn. Narrated by Santino Fontana, Shelby Young, Marin Ireland, JD Jackson, Dan Bittner, Vikas Adam, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, Darrell Dennis, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis, Hillary Huber, Lisa Flanagan, and Sharahn LaRue. HarperAudio.

“Eartha and Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black & White” by Kitt Shapiro. Narrated by Karen Chilton and Patricia Weiss Levy. Dreamscape Media.

“Utopia Avenue” by David Mitchell. Narrated by Ralph Lister. Books on Tape.

“Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America” edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Narrated by a full cast. Books on Tape. Four centuries of African American history are presented through historical essays, personal reflections, and poetry by ninety different writers in this one-of-a-kind collection. Each chapter is read by a different narrator, creating a chorus of voices encompassing the beauty and the struggle of the Black experience in America.


“Black Futures” by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham. Narrated by Kimberly Drew, Kevin R. Free, Dominic Hoffman, Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, and Jenna Wortham. Books on Tape.

“Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way” by Caseen Gaines. Narrated by Caseen Gaines. Blackstone Publishing.

“The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois” by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Narrated by Adenrele Ojo, Karen Chilton, and Prentice Onayemi.

“Gold Diggers” by Sanjena Sathian

Narrated by Rama Vallury, Books on Tape. Underachieving Neil struggles to meet the expectations of his immigrant parents. However, everything changes when he discovers his neighbor has developed an alchemical potion that harnesses the power of gold. He soon becomes addicted to this seemingly easy path to success. Rama Vallury brings dialog to life and authentically captures the rich and varied voices in this coming-of-age story tinged with magical realism.


“If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi” by Neel Patel. Narrated by Neel Patel. Macmillan Audio.

“The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina” by Zoraida Córdova. Narrated by Frankie Corzo. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar. Narrated by Samy Figaredo and Lameece Issaq. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Made in China” by Amelia Pang

Narrated by Nancy Wu. Workman Publishing. An Oregon mother finds a note from a Chinese labor camp prisoner begging for help tucked in her unopened package of Halloween decorations, spurring an investigation of the forced labor that creates America’s cheap products. Nancy Wu delicately reports the facts without over-dramatizing, maintaining emotional tension and urgency throughout this compelling and powerful narrative.


“The Chief Witness: Escape from China’s Modern-Day Concentration Camps” by Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius, translated by Caroline Waight. Narrated by Xifeng Brooks. Dreamscape Media.

“Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick. Narrated by Karen White. Tantor Media.

“The Undocumented Americans” by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Narrated by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Books on Tape.

“The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories ” by Danielle Evans

Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Shayna Small, January LaVoy, Adenrele Oho, and Janina Edwards. Books on Tape. An all-star cast of narrators performs Danielle Evans’s insightful short stories, which tackle a variety of subjects, including grief, racism, forgiveness, and belonging. The narrators and the stories are perfectly matched, creating a listening experience that is as entertaining as it is challenging and thought-provoking.


“The Kindest Lie” by Nancy Johnson. Narrated by Shayna Small. HarperAudio.

“My Monticello” by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. Narrated by Aja Naomi King, January LaVoy, Landon Woodson, LeVar Burton, Ngozi Anyanwu, & Tomiwa Edun. Macmillan Audio.

“The Rock Eaters: Stories” by Brenda Peynado. Narrated by Frankie Corzo, Ines del Castillo, Sunil Molhatra, Alejandra Reynoso, Jane Santos. Books on Tape.

“Razorblade Tears” by S.A. Cosby

Narrated by Adam Lazerre-White. Books on Tape. Ike and Buddy Lee stayed out of prison and did their best to fly under the radar for years, until their sons were brutally murdered. The killers think they are taking on two middle-aged men, but they haven’t met these two yet. Adam Lazarre-White’s narration gives these characters distinctive voices, which lends a sense of humanity to this propulsive tale of vengeance by two grieving fathers.


“Heaven, My Home” by Attica Locke. Narrated by JD Jackson. Hachette Audio.

“The Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris. Narrated by William DeMeritt. Hachette Audio.

“Your House Will Pay” by Steph Cha. Narrated by Greta Jung and Glenn Davis. HarperAudio.

“Remote Control ” by Nnedi Okorafor

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Macmillian Audio. Adjoa Andoh transports the listener to a futuristic Ghana in this technofable. Though the story is brief, listeners are fully immersed in Sankofa’s journey through a lonely and confusing world that does not understand her gifts. With death comes change, and when people fear both, what could be more frightening than a little girl?


“Beasts Made of Night” by Tochi Onyebuchi. Narrated by Prentice Onayemi. Listening Library.

“The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin. Narrated by Robin Miles. Hachette Audio.

“Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler. Narrated by Lynne Thigpen. Recorded Books.

“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” by Deesha Philyaw

Narrated by Janina Edwards. Tantor Media. Janina Edwards breathes life and energy into this stunning collection of stories about Black women confronting loneliness, sexual longing, self-confidence, and power as they are torn between religion and desire. Her realistic and graceful narration makes the reader feel as though they are eavesdropping on the innermost secrets of the characters.


“Milk Blood Heat: Stories” by Dantiel W. Moniz. Narrated by Machelle Williams. HighBridge Audio.

“Revival Season: A Novel” by Monica West. Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories” by Kathleen Collins. Narrated by Nina Lorez Collins, Cherise Boothe, Adenrele Ojo, Paula J. Parker, Desean Terry, and Dan Woren. HarperAudio.

“Seven Days in June” by Tia Williams

Narrated by Mela Lee. Hachette Audio. As teens, Eva and Shane spent seven intense days together, only to part under tragic circumstances. Twenty years later, they have successful literary careers and full lives, though Eva still struggles with chronic pain and Shane works to come to terms with his troubled past. Mela Lee embodies the humor and heartache of seven magical days in June, voicing characters of all ages with nuance and depth.


“American Love Story” by Adriana Herrera. Narrated by Sean Crisden. Harlequin Audio.

“Queen Move” by Kennedy Ryan. Narrated by Eboni Flowers and Jakobi Diem. Blackstone Publishing.

“Scandalous Secrets” by Synithia Williams. Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo. Harlequin Audio.

“This is Ear Hustle ” by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

Narrated by Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Lt. Sam Robinson, Chayna Hampton, Andrew Eiden, Gary Tiedemann, Landon Woodson, Ary Hite, Debi Tinsley, Joniece Abbot Pratt, Curt Bonnem, Teri Clark Linden, and Pierce Cravens. Books on Tape. The popular podcast Ear Hustle explores the lives and experiences of incarcerated people. Two of the founders, Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, chronicle the podcast’s genesis and development alongside their own personal connections with the American prison system and the stories of individuals affected by incarceration. Narrated with candor and honesty, this full-cast production is challenging, enlightening, and entertaining.


“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. Narrated by Karen Chilton. Recorded Books.

“The Queen” by Josh Levin. Narrated by January LaVoy. Hachette Audio.

“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho. Narrated by Emmanuel Acho. Macmillan Audio.

“When Women Invented Television” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

This tribute to the influential women at the forefront of television’s early years features familiar figures alongside pioneers whose stories have been overlooked for decades. McNamara’s narration exudes the fascination and joy Armstrong holds for the subject matter, keeping the tone conversational without downplaying the darker, more frustrating sections of history.


“Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood” by Jill Watts. Narrated by Banhi Turpin. Oasis Audio.

“The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Millicent Patrick” by Mallory O’Meara. Narrated by Mallory O’Meara. Harlequin Audio.

“The Queens of Animation: The Untold History of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History” by Nathalia Holt. Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Hachette Audio.

“Bear Necessity” by James Gould-Bourn

Narrated by Rupert Holliday-Evans. Simon & Schuster Audio. Accompanied by a motley crew of unlikely friends, recently widowed Danny embarks on a humorous and heartwarming journey to rebuild his life and connect with his grieving son. Holliday-Evans’ sensitive characterizations and spot-on comedic timing bring out the sweetness and depth in this story of friendship, redemption, and love.


“Barn 8” by Deb Olin Unferth. Narrated by Brittany Pressley. Recorded Books.

“Nothing to See Here” by Kevin Wilson. Narrated by Marin Ireland. HarperAudio.

“The Love Story of Missy Carmichael” by Beth Morrey. Narrated by Harriet Walter. Books on Tape.

“A Burning: A Novel” by Megha Majumdar

Narrated by Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Deepti Gupta, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah, Ulka Simone Mohanty. Books on Tape. The aftermath of a terrorist attack in contemporary India reverberates through three individuals’ intertwined lives in this multifaceted thriller. Authentic full-cast narration reveals the complexity of the characters’ hopes and fears while providing insight into the rigid social system that constricts their options.


“Human Acts: A Novel” by Han King. Narrated by Sandra Oh, Deborah Smith, Greta Jung, Jae Jung, Jennifer Kim, Raymond J. Lee, Keong Smith. Books on Tape.

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. Narrated by Robin Miles. Books on Tape.

“The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar. Narrated by Purva Bedi. Books on Tape.

“The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel” by Abi Daré

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Books on Tape. Fourteen-year-old, Nigerian-born Adunni overcomes abuse, privation, and cruelty as she desperately searches for an education. With rhythmic, accented speech, Andoh passionately embodies the warmth and courageous spirit of this remarkable girl who wants only to have a say in her own future.


“Little Family” by Ishmael Beah. Narrated by Dion Graham. Books on Tape.

“The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir” by Wayétu Moore. Narrated by Tovah Ott. Brilliance Audio.

“Golden Child” by Claire Adam. Narrated by Obi Abili. Books on Tape.

“Homie: Poems” by Danez Smith

Narrated by Danez Smith. HighBridge Audio. Strongly influenced by hip-hop and spoken word, Smith’s poetry explores growing up Black and queer in America with a freshness and power that will captivate both poetry fans and casual listeners.


“We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems” by Jessica Care Moore. Narrated by Jessica Care Moore. HarperAudio.

“How We Fight for Our Lives” by Saeed Jones. Narrated by Saeed Jones. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon. Narrated by Kiese Laymon. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Make Me Rain: Poems and Prose” by Nikki Giovanni

Narrated by Nikki Giovanni. HarperAudio. American treasure Nikki Giovanni examines the personal and political in this timely collection. Her raspy voice and measured tone create an intimate experience for the listener, conveying tenderness in one poem and outrage in the next.


“An American Sunrise: Poems” by Joy Harjo. Narrated by Joy Harjo. Blackstone Publishing.

“The Tradition” by Jericho Brown. Narrated by JD Jackson. HighBridge Audio.

“The Carrying” by Ada Limón. Narrated by Ada Limón. Milkweed Editions.

“Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline” by Loretta Lynn

Narrated by Patsy Lynn Russell. Hachette Audio. Patsy Cline took Nashville newcomer Loretta Lynn under her wing, and the two developed an instant friendship that changed Lynn’s career and personal life forever. Narrated by Lynn’s daughter and Cline’s namesake, Patsy Lynn Russell’s sweet southern twang adds authenticity and tenderness to this beautiful tribute to women’s friendship.


“Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band” by Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, David Ritz. Narrated by Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson. Books on Tape.

“The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life–and Saved an American Farm” by Sarah Frey. Narrated by Sarah Frey. Books on Tape.

“Shiner: A Novel” by Amy Jo Burns. Narrated by Catherine Taber. Books on Tape.

“My Dark Vanessa: A Novel” by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Narrated by Grace Gummer. HarperAudio. A harrowing tale of a boarding school student, the English teacher who preys on her, and the long-term psychological trauma it causes. Gummer’s compelling depiction of Vanessa from naive teenager to world-weary adult makes this an unforgettable listen.


“The Swallows: A Novel” by Lisa Lutz. Narrated by Abby Elliott, Lisa Flanagan, Michael Crouch, Ari Fliakos, Johnny Heller. Books on Tape.

“Cruel Beautiful World” by Caroline Leavitt. Narrated by Xe Sands. HighBridge Audio.

“Rust & Stardust” by T. Greenwood. Narrated by Thérèse Plummer. Macmillan Audio.

“The Only Good Indians” by Stephen Graham Jones

Narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett. Simon & Schuster Audio. In this gory, visceral horror novel, four Blackfeet men are haunted by an elk hunting misdeed a decade ago. Native American Taylor-Corbett’s lilting accent captures the tension and dread, creating an unearthly atmosphere for listeners.


“This Town Sleeps: A Novel” by Dennis E. Staples. Narrated by Kaipo Schwab. HighBridge Audio.

“Ring Shout” by P. Djèlí Clark. Narrated by Channie Waites. Books on Tape.

“Hex” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Narrated by Jeff Harding. Macmillan Audio.

“Tiny Imperfections” by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Books on Tape. Private school admissions counselor Josie Bordelon thinks she has it all under control until those around her start making waves and she realizes the precarious balance of her life is teetering. Turpin masterfully embodies an ensemble of characters and their snappy dialogue with genuine emotion and passion.


“Ties That Tether” by Jane Igharo. Narrated by Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Gary Tiedemann. Books on Tape.

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid. Narrated by Nicole Lewis. Books on Tape.

“Little Wonders: A Novel” by Kate Rorick. Narrated by Teri Clark Linden. HarperAudio.

“The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript”edited by Mark L. Levine, George C. McNamee, Daniel Greenberg.

Narrated by J. K. Simmons, Jeff Daniels, Chris Jackson, John Hawkes, Chris Chalk, Luke Kirby, Corey Stoll, Norbert Leo Butz, George Newbern, full cast. Simon & Schuster Audio. Following the 1968 Democratic Convention, eight men were charged with conspiracy to riot. This riveting full-cast reenactment of their infamous trial is the ticket to the outrageous courtroom circus.


“Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude. Narrated by Eddie S. Glaude. Books on Tape.

“Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South” by Matthew Van Meter. Narrated by Brad Sanders. Hachette Audio.

“Death in Mudlick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic” by Eric Eyre. Narrated by Michael David Axtell. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Vanishing Half: A Novel” by Brit Bennett

Narrated by Shayna Small. Books on Tape. Identical twin sisters Desiree and Stella, fair-skinned enough to pass as white, adopt starkly different racial identities after leaving their Louisiana hometown. With exquisite delicacy, Small communicates race, age, gender, and social status, honoring the individuality of each voice within this intergenerational story.


“An American Marriage: A Novel” by Tayari Jones. Narrated by Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis. HighBridge Audio.

“The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” by James McBride. Narrated by JD Jackson, Susan Denaker. Books on Tape.

“Luster: A Novel” by Raven Leilani. Narrated by Ariel Blake. Macmillan Audio.

“Wow, No Thank You: Essays” by Samantha Irby

Irby’s relatable essays cover topics ranging from sex to IBS to life in small-town Michigan. Her honest and occasionally snarky narration showcases her capacity to see the humor in all situations, even those that include uncomfortable struggle.


“The Hungover Games: A True Story” by Sophie Heawood. Narrated by Sophie Heawood. Hachette Audio.

“I’m Just a Person” by Tig Notaro. Narrated by Tig Notaro. HarperAudio.

“Save Yourself: Memoir” by Cameron Esposito. Narrated by Cameron Esposito. Hachette Audio.

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Books on Tape. In an honest and inspiring autobiography, Michelle Obama shares her journey from a middle-class Chicago childhood to becoming the First Lady. Her narration is clear and poignant, bringing a level of intimacy rarely heard.


“My Life, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds. Narrated by January LaVoy, Phylicia Rashad. Macmillan Audio.

“Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina” by Misty Copeland. Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts. Tantor Audio.

“My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. Narrated by Rita Moreno. Books on Tape.

“The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. Dreamscape Media. Voicing an endearing Vietnamese American couple, Zeller treats listeners to a steamy-sweet romance. With skill and sensitivity, she crafts both autistic Khai’s reserved tenor and immigrant Esme’s beginner’s English, as they negotiate a potential arranged marriage and Esme’s desire to remain in the U.S.


“Re Jane: A Novel” by Patricia Park. Narrated by Diana Bang. Books on Tape.

“The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel” by Tracey Garvis Graves. Narrated by Fred Berman, Kathleen McInerney. Macmillan Audio.

“The Flatshare: A Novel” by Beth O’Leary. Narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune. Macmillan Audio.

“The Chain” by Adrian McKinty

Narrated by January LaVoy. Hachette Audio. In McKinty’s gripping thriller, Rachel is horrified to learn that the only way she can get her kidnapped daughter back is by abducting a child herself and continuing the chain. LaVoy expertly narrates this intense thrill-ride of a story, giving a cinematic performance to the driving plotline.


“Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel” by Joseph Fink. Narrated by Jasika Nicole. HarperAudio.

“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware. Narrated by Imogen Church. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Freefall: A Novel” by Jessica Barry. Narrated by Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker, MacLeod Andrews. HarperAudio.

“Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Narrated by Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, Fred Berman, Ari Fliakos, January LaVoy, Robinne Lee, Julia Whelan, Jonathan Davis, Henry Leyva, Oliver Wyman, Nancy Wu, P.J. Ochlan, Arthur Bishop, Holter Graham, Brendan Wayne, Pete Larkin, Alex Jenkins Reid, Robert Petkoff, Sara Arrington. Books on Tape. Reid’s behind-the-scenes oral history of a fictional 70’s rock band is so convincing that listeners may be fooled into looking for their records. The all-star cast creates an engrossing drama filled with gossipy details and a spot-on view of band life.


“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.” by Jeff Tweedy. Narrated by Jeff Tweedy. Books on Tape.

“More Fun In The New World: The Unmaking And Legacy Of L.A. Punk” by John Doe, Tom Desavia. Narrated by John Doe, Tom Desavia, Dave Alvin, Allison Anders, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Shepard Fairey, Norwood Fisher, Pleasant Gehman, Terry Graham, Sid Griffin, Jack Grisham, Tony Hawk, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, Angelo Moore, W.T. Morgan, Chris Morris, Keith Morris, Mike Ness, Louie Peréz, Tim Robbins, Henry Rollins, Jane Wiedlin, Annette Zilinskas, Billy Zoom. Books on Tape.

“Girl in a Band: A Memoir” by Kim Gordon. Narrated by Kim Gordon. HarperAudio.

“Full Throttle: Stories” by Joe Hill

Narrated by Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup, Stephen Lang, George Guidall. HarperAudio. Each perfectly cast narrator of these thirteen stories superbly constructs disturbing instances as well as surprisingly tender moments–there’s more than just horror here. Audio extras including Hill reading his own introduction and story notes further enhance the audio.


“We Live in Water: Stories” by Jess Walter. Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Jess Walter. HarperAudio.

“Exhalation: Stories” by Ted Chiang. Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Dominic Hoffman, Amy Landon, Ted Chiang. Books on Tape.

“Kabu Kabu” by Nnedi Okorafor. Narrated by Yetide Badaki. Tantor Audio.

“Ghost Wall: A Novel" by Sarah Moss

Narrated by Christine Hewitt. Macmillan Audio. Teenaged Silvie, accompanied by her cruelly oppressive father and browbeaten mother, takes part in a British Iron Age reenactment that raises unsettling questions as it descends into primitive violence. Hewitt masterfully employs accents to signal privilege and education, conveying the taut momentum of this increasingly disturbing tale.


“My Absolute Darling: A Novel” by Gabriel Tallent. Narrated by Alex McKenna. Books on Tape.

“The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel” by Juliet Grames. Narrated by Lisa Flanagan. HarperAudio.

“Copperhead” by Alexi Zentner. Narrated by Kirby Heyborne. Books on Tape.

“Good Talk: a Memoir in Conversations” by Mira Jacob

Narrated by Mira Jacob, Vikas Adam, Shiromi Arserio, McCartney Birdwell, Donte Bonner, Bill Cheng, Nicole Counts, Margaret Dunham, Chris Edmund, Alison Fraser, Cecila Flores, Kaitlyn Greenridge, Alison Hart, Chris Jackson, Soneela Nankani, Victory Matsui, Kivlighan de Montebello, Meera Nair, Lorna Raver, Rajiv Surendra, Oliver Wyman, and an ensemble cast. Books on Tape. Jacob’s candid conversations with her young son about race and identity illuminate insecurities faced by people of color in contemporary America. Multiple voices and sound effects make this groundbreaking audio graphic memoir a treat for the ears.


“Sisters Matsumoto” by Philip Kan Gotanda. Narrated by Keiko Agena, June Angela, Ron Bottitta, Kurt Kanazawa, Suzy Nakamura, Greg Watanabe, Ryun Yu. L.A. Theatre Works.

“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Blackstone Audio.

“I Miss You When I Blink: Essays” by Mary Laura Philpott. Narrated by Mary Laura Philpott. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Notes from a Young Black Chef: a Memoir” by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

Narrated by Kwame Onwuachi. Books on Tape. How do you make it as a chef? Hard work and a willingness to be bold and embrace failure. Onwuachi forges his own path from his mother’s kitchen in the Bronx to high-end D.C. dining with a raw, authentic self-narrated memoir that will appeal to listeners beyond the foodie.


“The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South” by Michael W. Twitty. Narrated by Michael W. Twitty. Tantor Audio.

“Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football” by John Urschel, Louisa Thomas. Narrated by Sullivan Jones. Books on Tape.

“Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter” by Jessica Wragg. Narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown. HarperAudio.

“The Poison Thread: A Novel” by Laura Purcell

Narrated by Jayne Entwistle and Elizabeth Knowelden. Books on Tape. Amidst the dismal poverty of Victorian England, 16-year-old accused murderer Ruth Butterham reveals her tragic past to wealthy phrenologist Dorothea Truelove. Dual narrators Knowelden and Entwistle use accents to highlight class divides, communicating a palpable atmosphere of misery and menace.


“Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel” by Sara Collins. Narrated by Sara Collins, Roy McMillan. HarperAudio.

“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters. Narrated by Juanita McMahon. Recorded Books.

“Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams

Narrated by Shvorne Marks. Simon & Schuster Audio. Reeling from a dramatic breakup, British-Jamaican Queenie makes a series of questionable decisions and leans on her friends for support. Marks captures a variety of accents and tones, adding further depth to this vivid, engaging story about a 25-year-old woman trapped between cultures and trying to fit in.


“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae. Narrated by Issa Rae. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Get a Life, Chloe Brown” by Talia Hibbert. Narrated by Adjoa Andoh. HarperAudio.

“I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays” by Bassey Ikpi. Narrated by Bassey Ikpi. HarperAudio.

“Red at the Bone: A Novel” by Jacqueline Woodson

Narrated by Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin. Books on Tape. The effects of a teenage pregnancy ripple through a Brooklyn family as they celebrate that child’s coming of age in 2001. Multiple narrators, including the author, evoke the complexities of race, class, religion and sexuality in this heartfelt tale of choices and their aftermath.


“Speak No Evil: A Novel” by Uzodinma Iweala. Narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Julia Whelan. HarperAudio.

“The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. Narrated by Adenrele Ojo. Blackstone Audio.

“No One Is Coming To Save Us: A Novel” by Stephanie Powell Watts. Narrated by Janina Edwards. HarperAudio.

“Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell

Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell. Hachette Audio. Gladwell’s thought-provoking work explores interactions between strangers and how the assumptions we make about others’ intentions are often wrong. Audio clips of interviews, the recording of the roadside arrest of Sandra Bland, and a theme song elevate a recording that will be of special interest to podcast listeners.


“Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language” by Gretchen McCulloch. Narrated by Gretchen McCulloch. Books on Tape.

“The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” by Michael Lewis. Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Way I Heard It” by Mike Rowe. Narrated by Mike Rowe. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“We Cast a Shadow: A Novel” by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Narrated by Dion Graham. Books on Tape. Veteran narrator Graham throws himself into a performance that fully embodies this dystopian debut’s brooding, complex lead. With acute emotion and sly humor, he invites listeners into the mind of an African American father in the satirical, segregated, near-future South–where anyone with too much melanin faces a life of impossible odds.


“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Narrated by Joe Morton. Books on Tape.

“The Sellout: A Novel” by Paul Beatty. Narrated by Prentice Onayemi. Brilliance Audio.

“Blackass” by A. Igoni Barrett. Narrated by Mirron Willis. Brilliance Audio.

“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green

Penguin Audio/Books on Tape. Forced into adulting when her YouTube video of an exterrestrial goes viral, April May leaps into the international spotlight and becomes humanity’s spokesperson in this sci-fi crossover romp. Sieh energetically creates a host of characters from fast-talking April’s point-of-view, while Green himself narrates the conclusion of this debut novel with the deftness of an experienced vlogger.


“Anatomy of a Miracle” by Jonathan Miles. Narrated by Eduardo Ballerini. Random House Audio.

“Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith. Narrated by Philip Church. Listening Library.

“Soon I Will be Invincible” by Austin Grossman. Narrated by J. Paul Boehmer and Coleen Marlo. Highbridge Audio.

“The Darkest Child” by Delores Phillips

Recorded Books/Griot Audio. In this stunning new recording of Phillips’ unsparing novel, Turpin embodies resilient 13-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn, a smart, resourceful girl who lives in abject poverty, at the mercy of her terrifyingly abusive mother. The nuanced portrayal of Tangy Mae, capturing both her sorrow and generous spirit, provides a glimpse of hope amidst the nearly crushing violence.


“God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison. Narrated by Toni Morrison. Random House Audio.

“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. Narrated by Joe Morton. Random House Audio.

“Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward. Narrated by Cherise Booth. Recorded Books.

“Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” rby Jose Antonio Vargas

Narrated by Jose Antonio Vargas. HarperCollins/HarperAudio. With openness and informed approachability, award-winning journalist Vargas recounts his complex life as an undocumented Filipino-American. Peppered with native Tagalog, this audio draws listeners into Vargas’ personal immigrant experience while he relates anecdotes to the broader national context, resulting in a listen that is brief but impactful, trenchant yet inviting.


“American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures” by America Ferrera. Narrated by America Ferrera. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“In the Country We Love: a Family Divided” by Diane Guerrero. Narrated by Diane Guerrero. Brilliance Audio.

“Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions” by Valeria Luiselli. Narrated by Laurence Bouvard. Random House Audio.

“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

Narrated by Julia Whelan. Random House Audio/Books on Tape. In this intense, unforgettable survivor’s story, Westover relates how she defied her isolationist Mormon family, overcame tremendous educational odds and entered the larger world to eventually become a well-respected scholar. Whelan’s unembellished narration deftly communicates this intriguing, horrifying, and inspiring tale.


“Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America” by C. Nicole Mason. Narrated by Robin Eller. Tantor Audio.

“Breaking Night” by Liz Murray. Narrated by Liz Murray. Tantor Audio.

“The Sound of Gravel” by Ruth Wariner. Narrated by Ruth Wariner. Macmillan Audio.

“A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

Huber, T. Christian Miller, and Ken Armstrong. Random House Audio/Books on Tape. With precision and impassioned storytelling, two reporters expose one emblematic case which mirrors the state of rape investigation today. Huber’s steady pacing and subtle narration balance how enraged listeners will feel learning about the many ways these women were wronged.


“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” by Beth Macy. Narrated Beth Macy. Hachette Audio.

“Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” by Sheri Fink. Narrated by Kirsten Potter. Random House Audio.

“I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara. Narrated by Gabra Zackman. HarperAudio.

“The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century" by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Narrated by MacLeod Andrews. Penguin Audio. Amateur detective Johnson takes on the underground community of obsessive salmon fly-tyers in pursuit of an unlikely criminal. Andrews’ measured narration handily captures this quirky cast of feather zealots in a stranger-than-fiction heist.


“A Burglar’s Guide to the City” by Geoff Manaugh. Narrated by Scott Aiello. Random House Audio.

“Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” by Ben Goldfarb. Narrated by Will Damron. Chelsea Green Publishing.

“West” by Carys Davies. Narrated by Robert Fass. HighBridge/Recorded Books.

“The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea

Narrated by Luis Alberto Urrea. Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio. Miguel Angel de la Cruz—Big Angel–is dying, but before he does, he must have one last birthday bash, surrounded by his magnificently rowdy Mexican-American family. With a knowing smile in his voice and a leisurely, welcoming cadence, author-narrator Urrea skillfully delivers a celebration that is a riot of laughter, sorrow, and redemption.


“Delicious Foods” by James Hannaham. Narrated by James Hannaham. Hachette Audio.

“Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir” by Eddie Huang. Narrated by Eddie Huang. Random House Audio.

“The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy. Narrated by Adenrele Ojo. Blackstone Audio.

“I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell class

Tape. Delivered by narrator Donovan with empathetic humility, this episodic memoir devotes each chapter to a potentially fatal event in O’Farrell’s life. Listeners will find themselves meditating on the author’s fierce determination not only to survive, but to embrace her own vulnerability.


“Every Note Played” by Lisa Genova. Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Lisa Genova. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine” by Alan Lightman. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Blackstone Audio.

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld. Narrated by Emily Rankin and Mark Deakins. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish class

Simon & Schuster Audio. With indomitable spirit, Haddish shares her life story from illiterate foster kid to comedian to break-out movie star. She reads movingly with authentic real-time reactions and her tenacious attitude makes this a sincere, unblushing memoir.


“Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else” by Maeve Higgins. Narrated by Maeve Higgins. Penguin Audio.

“We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays” by Samantha Irby. Read by Samantha Irby. Random House Audio.

“You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain” by Phoebe Robinson. Narrated by Phoebe Robinson. Penguin Audio.

“The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers

Random House Audio/Books on Tape. Eggers blends high adventure with high culture in this true tale of the specialty coffee trade. With his rich, espressolike voice, narrator Graham channels Yemeni-American entrepreneur Alkhanshani’s youthful enthusiasm across the whole of his incredible quest to brew the perfect cup.


“Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts” by Joshua Hammer. Narrated by Paul Boehmer. HighBridge Audio.

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer. Narrated by Chike Johnson. HarperAudio.

“Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: an Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar” by Steven Wallace. Narrated by Tom Parks. Brilliance Audio.

“The Secrets Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar

This luminous story of the plight of women in modern-day Mumbai centers on Bhima, a former servant to the rich, and Parvati, a homeless widow, both striving to improve their perilous situations. Mathan exquisitely crafts character voices, immersing listeners in this journey of female friendship, heartbreak and discovery.


“America for Beginners” by Leah Franqui. Narrated by Soneela Nankani. HarperAudio.

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy. Narrated by Arundhati Roy. Random House Audio

“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan. Narrated by Dion Graham. Random House Audio.

“The Silence of the Girls” by Pat Barker. Narrated by Kristin Atherton and Michael Fox

Random House Audio. Listeners experience the Trojan War through the anguished eyes of Briseis, a former queen reduced now to a spoil of war, property of the legendary Achilles. Told in two voices, the narration vividly conveys the pain and excitement of war along with the hate and desperation of the vanquished slaves.


“Circe” by Madeline Miller. Narrated by Perdita Weeks. Hachette Audio.

“House of Names” by Colm Toibin. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman. HarperAudio.

“The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster” by by Sarah Krasnostein

Narrated by Rachel Tidd. Blackstone Audio. Australian author Krasnostein’s candid depiction and Tidd’s unflinching, yet loving, voice invite listeners to follow Sandra Pankhurst’s extraordinary transformation. From surviving an abusive boyhood to becoming an independent woman, Pankhurst stays true to herself, while empathetically managing the messy business of being a trauma cleaner.


“Mr. Flood’s Last Resort” by Jess Kidd. Narrated by Aoife McMahon. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“She’s Not There: A Life in two Genders” by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Narrated by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” by Judy Melinek and T. J. Mitchell. Narrated by Tanya Eby. Tantor Media.

“The Book of Polly: A Novel” by Kathy Hepinstall

Senior citizen Polly and teen Willow are an unforgettable Southern mother-daughter duo tackling family secrets and mortality with irreverent and sassy style. Lamia captures Willow’s naivete and determination to protect her mother, who is as salty, tart and sweet as her favorite margarita.

Narrated by Jenna Lamia. Books on Tape.


“The Almost Sisters: A Novel” by Joshilyn Jackson. Narrated by Joshilyn Jackson. HarperAudio.

Rabbit Cake” by Annie Hartnett. Narrated by Katie Schorr. Blackstone Audio.

“Spoonbenders: A Novel” by Daryl Gregory. Narrated by Ari Fliakos. Books on Tape.

“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah

By turns comic and horrific, Noah’s animated story-telling pulls back the curtain on his childhood years in Apartheid-era South Africa. His astonishing command of dialects entertains and inspires in a memoir which combines recent history and a personal cultural perspective.

Narrated by Trevor Noah. Brilliance Audio.


“Believe Me : A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens” by Eddie Izzard. Narrated by Eddie Izzard. Books on Tape.

“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay. Narrated by Roxane Gay. HarperAudio.

“Yes, Chef: A Memoir” by Marcus Samuelsson. Narrated by Marcus Samuelsson. Books on Tape.

“The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel” by Jennifer Ryan

Ethereal choral interludes enhance Ryan’s charming epistolary tale of the ladies-left-behind in a British village as World War II dawns. An ensemble cast evokes every class and rank of Chilbury’s residents, who through courage and hymns, unite to defend the homefront.

Narrated by Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, Mike Grady. Books on Tape.


“The Baker’s Secret: A Novel” by Stephen P. Kiernan. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell. HarperAudio.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows. Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills. Books on Tape.

“La’s Orchestra Saves the World: A Novel” by Alexander McCall Smith. Narrated by Emily Gray. Recorded Books.

“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

Listeners hear a socially awkward woman’s transformation from brusque and friendless to someone able to confront her traumatic childhood. Enhanced by a native Scottish accent, McCarron’s empathetic portrayal of prickly Eleanor and her newly acquired social circle traces the change from so not fine to completely fine.

Narrated by Cathleen McCarron. Books on Tape.


“Be Frank with Me: A Novel” by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Narrated by Tavia Gilbert. HarperAudio.

“The Rosie Project: A Novel” by Graeme Simsion. Narrated by Dan O’Grady. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr” by Frances Maynard. Narrated by Erin Mallon. Brilliance Audio.

“The Force: A Novel” by Don Winslow

Winslow exposes the fall of dirty cop Denny Malone as he desperately tries to salvage his family, friends, and honor. Graham taps into the seamy core of New York City, expertly bringing forth its many accents and identities, creating a visceral listening experience that thrums with grit and tension.

Narrated by Dion Graham. Blackstone Audio.


“IQ” by Joe Ide. Narrated by Sullivan Jones. Hachette Audio.

“Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty. Narrated by Gerard Doyle. Blackstone Audio.

“The Whites: A Novel” by Richard Price, Harry Brandt. Narrated by Ari Fliakos. Macmillan Audio.

“The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen” by Victoria Alexander

This series opener follows a priggish British spinster to fin-de-siècle Paris as she falls for the irresistible charm of a roguish duke. Hussey’s witty tone and expert comedic timing nails the high-spirited verbal sparring and cheeky banter in this romantic romp.

Narrated by Marian Hussey. Harlequin Audio.


“If the Duke Demands” by Anna Harrington. Narrated by Justine Eyre. Hachette Audio.

Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Brilliance Audio.

“Victoria: A Novel” by Daisy Goodwin. Narrated by Anna Wilson-Jones. Macmillan Audio.

“Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel” by Kathleen Rooney

Octogenarian Lillian partakes in a sentimental journey on New Year’s Eve 1984, strolling across Manhattan wearing her poetry-loving heart on her fur-coated sleeve. Sands channels this venerable working girl’s wit with nuance and creates a host of distinct supporting voices, concluding with a conversation between author and narrator.

Narrated by Xe Sands. Macmillan Audio.


“The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern. Penguin Random House Audio.

“The Engagements” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Narrated by Kimberly Farr. Books on Tape.

“The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel” by Melanie Benjamin. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer. Books on Tape.

“Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel” by George Saunders

Abraham Lincoln pays one last visit to son Willie, laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery amidst a host of spirits keeping watch as the boy makes his final passage. An unprecedented cast of 166 narrators combine in a spectral chorus, telling their stories in an astonishing gabble of voices that teems with pathos, tragicomedy, and the tenderest love.

Narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, and a full cast. Books on Tape.


“As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner. Narrated by Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, Lorna Raver. Books on Tape.

“Grief is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel” by Max Porter. Narrated by Jot Davies. Tantor Audio.

“Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jessymn Ward. Narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“The Reason You’re Alive: A Novel” by Matthew Quick

Crusty Vietnam veteran David Granger recounts his life story, a testimony of a sometimes violent and maverick past. Bray embodies this in-your-face character’s charged language and attitude via gravelly tone and staccato inflection with a hidden compassion that reveals Granger’s humanity.

Narrated by R. C. Bray. HarperAudio.


“Beat the Reaper: A Novel” by Josh Bazell. Narrated by Robert Petkoff. Hachette Audio.

“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” by Steve Earle. Narrated by Steve Earle. Blackstone Audio.

“We’re All Damaged” by Matthew Norman. Narrated by Scott Merriman. Brilliance Audio.

“Sourdough: A Novel” by Robin Sloan

Plummer captures Sloan’s sprightly tone in the odyssey of an unlikely recipient of a sourdough starter infused with ancient epicurean power. Deliciously quirky voicings and bubbly sound effects concoct a listening treat seasoned with a soupçon of magical realism and original musical compositions.

Narrated by Therese Plummer. Macmillan Audio.


“The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living” by Louise Miller. Narrated by Jorjeana Marie. Books on Tape.

“Earthly Delights” by Kerry Greenwood. Narrated by Louise Siversen. Bolinda Audio.

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel” by J. Ryan Stradal. Narrated by Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg. Books on Tape.

“Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel

Journalist Finkel investigates the life of a recluse who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years. With a subtle Down-easter accent and documentary-like reportage, Bramhall captures the author’s curiosity and Christopher Knight’s quiet humanity in a performance as unobtrusive as the hermit himself.

Narrated by Mark Bramhall. Books on Tape.


“Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall. Narrated by Fred Sanders. Books on Tape.

“The Marsh King’s Daughter” by Karen Dionne. Narrated by Emily Rankin. Books on Tape.

“Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland” by Ken Ilgunas. Narrated by Andrew Eiden. Blackstone Audio.

“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir” by Sherman Alexie

With his characteristic tribal cadence, Alexie offers a lyrical, episodic memoir, augmented by his own poems and songs. He reveals his complicated urban Indian relationship with rez and family, sharing heartfelt grief and angst over his mother’s life and death.

Narrated by Sherman Alexie. Hachette Audio.


“If I Ever Get Out of Here” by Eric Gansworth. Narrated by Eric Gansworth. Listening Library.

“I’m Fine…and Other Lies” by Whitney Cummings. Narrated by Whitney Cummings. Books on Tape.

“Logical Family: A Memoir” by Armistead Maupin. Narrated by Armistead Maupin. HarperAudio.

'Another Brooklyn: A Novel' by Jacqueline Woodson.

Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, Woodson’s approachable and compelling free verse reflects the African-American experience of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Miles’ pitch-perfect inflection evokes universal feelings of memory, friendship, and the magic of place in this rhythmic narration.

Narrated by Robin Miles. HarperAudio/Blackstone Audio.


“Behold the Dreamers: A Novel” by Imbolo Mbue. Narrated by Prentice Onayemi. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

“House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. Narrated by Sandra Cisneros. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith. Narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner. Penguin Audio/Books on Tape.

'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories' by Stephen King.

A stellar cast of actors presents this career-spanning collection of short works, punctuated by King's engaging, conversational commentary describing his writing process and inspiration. Through atmospheric, nuanced performance, each work achieves a dramatic re-interpretation of a range of genres, from humor to horror.

Narrated by Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, Hope Davis, Kathleen Chalfant, Santino Fontana, Peter Friedman, Cotter Smith, Will Patton, Edward Herrmann, Frederick Weller, Mare Winningham, Craig Wasson, Thomas Sadoski, Tim Sample. Simon & Schuster Audio.


“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by Richard Matheson. Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, Arte Johnson, Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, Lawrence Pressman, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver, Ned Schmidtke, Conrad John Schuck, Christine Williams. Blackstone Audio.

“Stone Mattress: Nine Tales” by Margaret Atwood. Narrated by Margaret Atwood, Rob Delaney, Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver, Arthur Morey, Emily Rankin, Bernadette Dunne. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

“Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances” by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman. HarperAudio.

'Because of Miss Bridgerton' by Julia Quinn.

HarperAudio/Blackstone Audio. Landor’s polished reading perfectly matches Quinn’s clever, witty historical romp, providing a delightful listening experience. Through a sophisticated British accent and subtle changes in tone, the storyteller’s distinctly-voiced performance impeccably conveys the exasperation and romantic tension that draws listeners into the budding love story, building to a sensual, satisfying culmination.

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor.


“A Dangerous Beauty” by Sophia Nash. Narrated by Bianca Amato. HarperAudio.

“Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice” by Curtis Sittenfeld. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

”A Lady of His Own” by Stephanie Laurens. Narrated by Jill Tanner. Recorded Books.

'The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper' by Phaedra Patrick.

Langton’s unhurried delivery charms in this heartwarming, yet often bizarre, adventure of adorable octogenarian Arthur Pepper as he bumbles his way through a scavenger hunt of his late wife’s undisclosed past. From high-pitched middle-class Bernadette to her mumbling teenaged son, listeners forge an emotional connection courtesy of adroit expressions of character development.

Narrated by James Langton. Harlequin Audio/Blackstone Audio.


“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. Narrated by Steven Crossley. Blackstone Audio.

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Narrated by George Newbern. Dreamscape Media.

“This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by Jonathan Evison. Narrated by Susan Boyce. HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books.

'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City' by Matthew Desmond.

Listeners will experience a shift in their world view as this significant work of ethnography reveals the impact of eviction on poverty in America’s society and culture. Graham’s sobering, empathetic narrative captures the personalities of eight struggling families and two landlords while conveying author Desmond's painstaking data collection and intimate reportage.

Narrated by Dion Graham. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.


“The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” by Matt Taibbi. Narrated by Ray Porter. Random House Audio/Books.

“Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich. Narrated by Cristine McMurdo-Wallis. Recorded Books.

“White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America” by Nancy Isenberg. Narrated by Kirsten Potter. Tantor Media.

'Julian Fellowes's Belgravia' by Julian Fellowes.

Stevenson demonstrates her unequaled mastery of narrative art, transforming Fellowes’s richly-detailed historical melodrama of 1840s London into enthralling audio theater. A panoply of British class and regional accents, combined with period pacing & precise depiction of age and gender, illuminate personalities within a family saga of social rivalries.

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio.


“The American Heiress: A Novel” by Daisy Goodwin. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Macmillan Audio.

“Excellent Women” by Barbara Pym. Narrated by Jayne Entwistle. Blackstone Audio.

“The Summer Before the War” by Helen Simonson. Narrated by Fiona Hardingham. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

'Lily and the Octopus' by Steven Rowley.

Rowley explores the deep attachment of man and dog in a tale that combines pathos and humor, eloquently portrayed by a reading that echoes those shifting moods. Urie crawls inside owner Ted’s head, voicing a sympathetic connection with human despair, while also depicting dachshund Lily’s engaging doggy dialogue, in a cathartic performance that reveals a roller-coaster of emotions as a tumor devours a life.

Narrated by Michael Urie. Simon & Schuster Audio.


“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch. HarperAudio/Recorded Books.

“Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume. Narrated by John Keating. Brilliance Audio.

“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski. Narrated by Richard Poe. HarperAudio/Recorded Books.

'News of the World' by Paulette Jiles.

This lyrical Western tale of a developing friendship between an aging soldier and an orphaned young girl is colorfully expressed through Gardner's steady pacing, gravelly twang, and folksy tone. Subtle changes in inflection and accent give voice to the former captive and ethnically diverse characters encountered along the road, immersing listeners in a harrowing, though ultimately redemptive, journey through post-Civil War Texas.

Narrated by Grover Gardner. Brilliance Audio.


“El Paso” by Winston Groom. Narrated by Robertson Dean. Recorded Books.

“Far As the Eye Can See” by Robert Bausch. Narrated by Joel Richards. Brilliance Audio.

“Prayers the Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb. Narrated by Candace Thaxton. Simon & Schuster Audio.

'Razor Girl: A Novel' by Carl Hiaasen.

With endless energy, unfailingly deadpan delivery, and spot-on comedic timing, Rubinstein skillfully distinguishes a large cast of characters as they ricochet through interweaving story arcs. In this briskly paced work of beautiful absurdity, a series of offbeat hijinks connect impeccably voiced characters, including a Cajun country reality star, a mafia kingpin, Arabic immigrants, a sexy con woman, and the hero Yancy, a disgraced detective now on roach patrol.

Narrated by John Rubinstein. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.


“A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore. Narrated by Fisher Stevens. HarperAudio.

“The Everything Box” by Richard Kadrey. Narrated by Oliver Wyman. HarperAudio/Blackstone Audio.

“Insane City” by Dave Barry. Narrated by Dave Barry. Penguin Audio/Books on Tape.

'Sleeping Giants' by Sylvain Neuvel.

The discovery of a giant metallic hand prompts a team of scientists, government agents, and researchers to scour the planet for clues. The vocally versatile ensemble constructs a beyond-the-book experience, nimbly interpreting Neuvel's non-linear approach of using dialogue-driven exchanges through interviews, news stories, and journal entries.

Narrated by Andy Secombe, Eric Meyers, Laurel Lefkow, Charlie Anson, Liza Ross, William Hope, Christoper Ragland, Katharine Mangold, Adna Sablyich. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.


“American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition” by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones. HarperAudio.

“Mockingbird” by Walter Tevis. Narrated by Robert Fass, Nicole Poole. Tantor Audio/Recorded Books.

“Sphere” by Michael Crichton. Narrated by Scott Brick. Brilliance Audio.

'The Underground Railroad' by Colson Whitehead.

Whitehead’s haunting literary tale of Cora, escaping abuse and enslavement in antebellum South, is propelled by the magical realism of a subterranean railway in an alternate American history. Turpin’s faultless, fully-voiced narration embodies authentic dialects and accents; her sonorous, dramatic tone and commanding presence intensify the somber power of the author’s words.

Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Random House Audio/Books on Tape.


“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride. Narrated by Michael Boatman. Penguin Audio/Dreamscape Media.

“Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler. Narrated by Kim Staunton. Recorded Books.

“Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters. Narrated by William DeMeritt. Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio.

'A Wild Swan: And Other Tales' by Michael Cunningham.

Taylor and Hough’s atmospheric dual performance delivers a quirky interpretation brimming with macabre, racy humor in Cunningham's reimagined fairy tales for adults. Accompanied by original musical motifs that enhance the storytelling, combined with a remarkable depth of characterization, this short episodic production is a perfect listen for those new to audiobooks.

Narrated by Lili Taylor, Billy Hough. Macmillan Audio.


“Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fairy Tales” by Stephen L. Antczak, James C. Bassett. Narrated by Anne Flosnik, Kaleo Griffith, Robertson Dean, John Lee. Tantor Media/Recorded Books.

“Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version” by Philip Pullman. Narrated by Samuel West. Brilliance Audio.

“Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne M. Valente. Read by Julia Whelan. Dreamscape Media, LLC.

'All Involved' by Ryan Gattis.

This cinéma vérité soundscape depicts gang-related murder and retaliation amidst the chaos and confusion of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Seventeen individuals, including a Korean shopkeeper, Latino street hustlers, gritty cops, and sympathetic nurses, are artfully voiced by five actors evoking an emotional range from poetic reflection to brutal violence.

Narrated by Anthony Rey Perez, Marisol Ramirez, Jim Cooper, Adam Lazarre-White, and James Chen. HarperAudio.


“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“City on Fire: A Novel” by Garth Risk Hallberg. Narrated by Rebecca Lowman, Tristan Morris, and Bronson Pinchot. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets” by Sudhir Venkatesh. Narrated by Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, and Stephen J. Dubner. HarperAudio.

'All the Old Knives' by Olen Steinhauer.

In a single evening, two CIA agents and former lovers expose old memories and reveal differing perspectives of a terrorist attack. The interplay between Fliakos’ gravelly, world-weary tone and Kelly’s briskly controlled voice intensifies tautly-stretched emotions and engenders a misplaced trust that is shattered by a final plot twist.

Narrated by Ari Fliakos and Juliana Francis Kelly. Macmillan Audio.


“The Dinner” by Herman Koch. Narrated by Clive Mantle. Blackstone Audio.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“A Perfect Spy” by John le Carré. Narrated by Michael Jayston. Penguin Audio.

'And Only to Deceive' by Tasha Alexander.

After marrying to escape her socially pretentious mother, Lady Emily falls in love with the deceased husband she barely knew while investigating his questionable acquisition of Greek antiquities. Immersing listeners in 19 century English society, Reading’s pitch-perfect accents and vibrant performance capture Emily’s transformation from privileged aristocrat to newly-independent woman.

Narrated by Kate Reading. Recorded Books/Tantor Media.


“The Anatomist’s Wife” by Anna Lee Huber. Narrated by Heather Wilds. Tantor Media.

“The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen” by Laurie R. King. Narrated by Jenny Sterlin. Recorded Books.

“Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear. Narrated by Rita Barrington. Blackstone Audio.

'Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania' by Erik Larson.

Brick’s crisply evocative performance vividly conveys the wartime atmosphere and precise details of the sinking of the Lusitania by German U-Boat 20. His dramatic narration of passenger and crew experiences, as well as military and political machinations, propels listeners ever nearer to the inevitable and tragic conclusion.

Narrated by Scott Brick. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.


“Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing. Narrated by Simon Prebble. Blackstone Audio.

“The Guns of August” by Barbara W. Tuchman. Narrated by John Lee. Recorded Books/Tantor Media.

“A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic” by Walter Lord. Narrated by Martin Jarvis. Blackstone Audio.

'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.

Stoker’s classic horror tale, which introduces the iconic vampire Dracula, is brilliantly performed by an exceptional assemblage of British actors. Unfolding with quiet intensity, the well-matched voices result in fully-realized characters which combine to create mounting psychological and sexual tension in this revelatory listening experience.

Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska, Alison Pettitt, and cast. Naxos AudioBooks.


“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Narrated by Daniel Philpott, Chris Larkin, Roger May, and Jonathan Oliver. Naxos AudioBooks.

“The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova. Narrated by Justine Eyre and Paul Michael. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Narrated by Martin Jarvis. Blackstone Audio.

'H is for Hawk' by Helen MacDonald.

Gracefully literate and whimsically humorous, MacDonald’s elegiac tone details her journey through depression while nuanced reflections on T.H. White’s The Goshawk provide a counterpoint to her raw grief. In an experience as natural as sharing a confidence, she opens her heart and entrusts the listener with both words and voice.

Narrated by Helen MacDonald. Blackstone Audio.


“Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Narrated by Elizabeth Gilbert. Books on Tape/Penguin Audio.

“The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness” by Sy Montgomery. Narrated by Sy Montgomery. Recorded Books/HighBridge Audio.

“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. Narrated by Bernadette Dunne. Books on Tape/Random House Audio

'The Invasion of the Tearling' by Erika Johansen.

In this sequel to The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea harnesses her strengthening magic and confronts the Red Queen while experiencing visions of an abused woman living in a vastly different civilization. Porter’s regal tone, varied cadence, and commanding delivery intensify the emotional connection of sharply delineated yet intertwined stories.

Narrated by Davina Porter. HarperAudio.


“A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin. Narrated by Roy Dotrice. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” by N.K. Jemisin. Narrated by Casaundra Freeman. Brilliance Audio.

“A Natural History of Dragons” by Marie Brennan. Narrated by Kate Reading. Macmillan Audio.

'The Jaguar’s Children' by John Vaillant.

Locked inside a tanker truck, abandoned in the desert, nineteen Latino immigrants are left to die. With authentic Spanish accents and riveting pacing, Laurence and Rodriquez capture visceral feelings of claustrophobia and desperation. Flashbacks reveal exploitive agribusiness practices while frantic rescue appeals are made to an unanswered cell phone.

Narrated by Ozzie Rodriguez and David H. Lawrence XVII. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.


“Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free” by Héctor Tobar. Narrated by Henry Leyva. Recorded Books/Macmillan Audio.

“The Devil’s Highway: A True Story” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Narrated by Luis Alberto Urrea. Hachette Audio.

“The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Narrated by Jonathan Davis. Brilliance Audio.

'The Knockoff: A Novel' by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza.

Haute couture and social media collide in an absurdly entertaining face-off between Imogen, a 40-something magazine editor, and tech-savvy Eve, her power-hungry former assistant. Kellgren nails technophobe Imogen’s elegant tone as well as Eve’s sharply contrasting Millennial vernacular, adeptly capturing New York City’s fast-paced publishing world.

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.


“The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger. Narrated by Bernadette Dunne. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby. Narrated by Emma Fielding. Books on Tape/Penguin Audio.

“The Status of All Things” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Narrated by Amy McFadden. Dreamscape Media.

'The Strangler Vine' by M.J. Carter.

Carter creates a ripping good listen, weaving together a rich tapestry of adventure and historical authenticity in this captivating tale of a search for a social rebel. Wyndham’s narration conjures the oppressive atmosphere and constricting formality of 1837 British Colonial rule through expert class inflections, Indian accents, and masterful pacing.

Narrated by Alex Wyndham. Recorded Books/HighBridge Audio.


“The Curse of the Pharaohs” by Elizabeth Peters. Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Recorded Books.

“The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel” by Anthony Horowitz. Narrated by Derek Jacobi. Blackstone Audio/Hachette Audio.

“The Perfect Murder” by H.R.F. Keating. Narrated by Frederick Davidson. Blackstone Audio.

'Til the Well Runs Dry' by Lauren Francis-Sharma.

Marcia and Farouk, married but rarely together, share a love that spans decades despite being buffeted by a strict social hierarchy and a need for independence. Ideally-paired narrators Turpin and Butler create an immersive listening experience capturing the characters’ unique dialects, from lilting Trinidadian rhythms to subtle East Indian tones.

Narrated by Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin. Recorded Books/Tantor Media.


“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Recorded Books.

“Land of Love and Drowning” by Tiphanie Yanique. Narrated by Cherise Boothe, Korey Jackson, Rachel Leslie, and Myra Lucretia Taylor. Recorded Books.

“Unburnable” by Marie-Elena John. Narrated by Robin Miles. Recorded Books.

'True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa' by Michael Finkel.

Disgraced journalist Finkel is thrown a lifeline when he learns accused murderer Christopher Longo, one of the FBI’s most wanted, has been using his identity. Orlow’s absorbing presentation is unobtrusive yet chilling and generates an emotional response as he gives voice to both author and accused in this riveting memoir.

Narrated by Rich Orlow. HarperAudio.


“Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America” by Erik Larson. Narrated by Scott Brick. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation” by Dean Jobb. Narrated by Peter Berkrot. Recorded Books/HighBridge Audio.

“Out of Orange” by Cleary Wolters. Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Blackstone Audio/HarperAudio.

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