Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams; narrated by Shvorne MarksStarring: young Jamaican British journalist Queenie, who finds herself in a downward spiral after a relationship ends.
Narration: British actress Shvorne Marks imbues her spirited reading with disarming candor and humor.
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo; narrated by Yangsze ChooIntroducing: Ji Lin, a seamstress who moonlights as a dance-hall girl in 1930s colonial Malaysia, and Ren, an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy who has made a promise to carry out his employer's dying wish.
Narration: Author Yangsze Choo skillfully alternates her characters' voices -- Ji Lin's is soft, while Ren's is high-pitched and tinged with innocence.
Craftfulness: Mend Yourself by Making Things by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin; narrated by Joan Walker What it is: a refreshing take on the concept of mindfulness practice, grounded in the value of creativity.
Narration: Joan Walker's enthusiastic narration livens up the instructive elements of this self-help guide and will make creatives and novices alike eager to start a new crafting project.
The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch; narrated by James LangtonFeaturing: Charles Lenox, a 26-year-old sleuth and Oxford grad in 1853 London; his butler Graham, who assists with cases; his clever neighbor, Lady Jane Grey; and Lancelot, his mischievous 12-year-old cousin.
Narration: James Langton underscores the characters' class differences by giving privileged characters' voices a dramatic flair and offering more humble readings when portraying London's lower-class denizens.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James; narrated by Dion GrahamWhat it is: a lush and, at times, surreal Afrofantasy novel by the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Narration: Dion Graham imbues his AudioFile Earphones Award-winning reading with an immersive growl, multiple accents, and skillful singing.
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie; narrated by Adjoa AndohWhat it's about: Protecting the kingdom of Iraden is a god known as the Raven, whose chosen incarnation, or "Lease," gains great power in exchange for ritualistic self-sacrifice.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, Adjoa Andoh performs a compelling range of well-rendered voices and accents.
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts; narrated by Ann Marie LeeStarring: Maud Gage Baum, wife of author L. Frank Baum, and Judy Garland, the 15-year-old actress portraying Dorothy in MGM's 1939 adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Narration: Ann Marie Lee's ability to perform multiple distinct male voices (including real-life MGM studio head Louie B. Mayer) is a standout in this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.
The Widows by Jess Montgomery; narrated by Susan BennettStarring: Lily Ross, a pregnant mother of two whose Ohio sheriff husband was recently murdered; Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, labor organizer, and the mother of a missing teenage girl.
Narration: Susan Bennett ably portrays the vocal differences between resolved Lily and mild-mannered Marvena.
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds; narrated by Nile BullockStarring: high school senior Jack, whose romance with college freshman Kate is clearly meant to be -- why else would her sudden death send him back in time to the night they met, kicking off a cycle of do-overs in which he tries, again and again, to save her?
Narration: Nile Bullock's youthful voice and lively yet earnest reading help convey Jack's determination to save the girl he loves.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas; narrated by Bahni Turpin What it’s about: When her fiery performance at a rap battle goes viral, 16-year-old Bri knows that her newfound fame could be her family’s ticket to survival -- but she doesn't know how to deal with the onslaught of people trying to label her.
Narration: Bahni Turpin's raw and spunky narration captures Bri's vulnerable coming of age.
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