The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi; narrated by Steve West and Sura SiuWhat happens: The unnamed narrator weds mysterious heiress Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada and accompanies his new bride to her family's estate, the House of Dreams, where he ignores her instructions not to delve into her past.
Narration: Steve West and Sura Siu trade narrative duties in this atmospheric gothic fantasy.
The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa; narrated by Edoardo BalleriniWhat it is: a sweeping, character-driven family saga about sacrifice, separation, and survival set in post-Jazz Age Berlin and Revolution era Cuba.
Narration: Edoardo Ballerini earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for his compelling and emotionally resonant narration.
VenCo by Cherie Dimaline; narrated by Michelle St. JohnIntroducing: Lucky St. James, a young Métis woman who lives with her grandmother in Toronto, and has no idea she's a witch -- until her chance discovery of a silver spoon in a secret passageway leads her to VenCo, a corporate entity that serves as a front for a coven.
Narration: Wampanoag narrator Michelle St. John expertly juggles multiple characters' perspectives in this world-building urban fantasy.
Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; narrated by Sneha MathanStarring: sisters Deepa, Priya, and Jamini, whose sheltered lives are shattered when their Hindu family is displaced in the traumatic upheaval of the Partition of India.
Narration: Sneha Mathan's measured narration captures the tension of a tumultuous era in India's history.
Liar, Dreamer, Thief by Maria Dong; narrated by Hannah ChoiStarring: mentally and financially struggling Katrina Kim, who increasingly relies on rigid, maladaptive coping mechanisms to deal with her isolation and soul-sucking job.
Narration: Hannah Choi's fast-paced present-tense narration captures the urgency of unreliable narrator Katrina's mental health decline.
Exiles by Jane Harper; narrated by Stephen ShanahanVacation, interrupted: In Southern Australia's wine country, Federal Agent Aaron Falk gets drawn into the case of a woman who disappeared a year earlier from a festival, leaving her infant in a parked stroller.
Narration: Australian narrator Stephen Shanahan returns for this 3rd Aaron Falk mystery and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for his engrossing and distinctly voiced reading.
Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks; narrated by Karen ChiltonWhat it is: the thought-provoking story of the effects of the desegregation movement on a small, all-Black Alabama town that has thrived in its isolation.
Narration: Karen Chilton's intimate narration underscores the stakes in this evocative debut.
Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the... by Peggy Orenstein; narrated by Peggy OrensteinWhat it's about: how bestselling author Peggy Orenstein (Boys & Sex) found solace in the "enforced pause" of the COVID-19 pandemic by undertaking a unique project -- learning to knit a sweater from scratch.
Narration: Author Orenstein earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her wry and candid reading of her memoir.
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson; narrated by Barton WelchThe setup: Ernie, a self-published author of crime writing guidebooks, ponders mystery writing and promises to be a "reliable narrator."
Narration: Barton Welch's lively and comedic tone complements this Australian mystery's farcical, fourth wall-breaking narrative.
B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found by Christie Tate; narrated by Christie TateWhat it's about: Group author Christie Tate's lifelong difficulties maintaining female friendships.
Narration: Tate employs self-deprecating humor and frank reflection in her reading of her warts-and-all memoir.
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