A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown; narrated by A.J. Beckles and Jordan CobbStarring: Malik, a refugee who makes a deadly deal to save his sister; and Karina, a princess who turns to bloody necromancy in her grief over her mother’s death.
Narration: Dual narration from A.J. Beckles (as emotional Malik) and Jordan Cobb (as ambitious Karina) amplifies the high-stakes intrigue of this Afrofantasy series opener.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert; narrated by Ione ButlerWhat happens: Video of security guard Zafir Ansari's rescue of graduate student Danika Brown during a fire drill goes viral, prompting these work acquaintances to fake a relationship for a charitable cause.
Narration: Ione Butler's engrossing, British-accented reading captures Danika's snarky sense of humor and Zafir's sensitive romanticism.
The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson; narrated by Amanda Redman What it is: the twisty, suspenseful final entry in the acclaimed Hidden Iceland trilogy starring Reykjavik Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir. The series' inventive chronology follows Hulda's career from its end (depicted in the 1st book, The Darkness) to its early years.
Narration: Amanda Redman's clipped, deep-voiced reading is well-suited to the atmospheric tone of this Scandinavian crime novel.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones; narrated by Shaun Taylor-CorbettWhat it's about: Ten years after four Blackfeet men embarked on an elk hunting trip on tribal lands meant only for the elders' use, one by one they find themselves at the mercy of a vengeful entity that stalks their every move.
Narration: Blackfeet actor Shaun Taylor-Corbett's brisk performance complements the spare prose of this own voices horror novel.
I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee; narrated by Greta JungStarring: singer and dancer Skye Shin, who defies her mother's fat-shaming to win a spot on a cutthroat K-pop competition show.
Narration: Greta Jung conveys 16-year-old Skye's confident optimism with a youthful, spirited reading.
The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo; narrated by Almarie Guerra and Jayme Mattler What it is: a haunting exploration of the Trump administration's family separation policy, as experienced by one Guatemalan family.
Narration: Emotional readings from Almarie Guerra and Jayme Mattler reflect the heartbreak at the center of this intense memoir.
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar; narrated by Therese Plummer and Xe SandsStarring: Kate Aitken, a troubled archivist; Miranda Brand, an iconoclastic (and deceased) photographer who left behind a disorganized and disquieting body of work; Miranda’s son Theo, who has hired Kate to deal with his mother’s papers.
Narration: Xe Sands offers a measured and subdued reading of the late Miranda's diary entries, while Therese Plummer's hurried narration conveys Kate's mounting obsession with Miranda's fate.
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon; narrated by Eva Kaminsky, Dara Rosenberg, and Gabra ZackmanWhat it is: the character-driven, centuries-spanning stories of three women attempting to navigate the complex gender expectations of their respective societies.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, a trio of distinctly voiced narrators breathe life into the well-developed characters.
Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West; narrated by Kim Staunton, Imani Parks, Ron Butler, Adam Lazarre-White, Lloyd Roberson II, and Terra Strong Lyons What it's about: the bond of friendship between two teenage girls living in the South Side of Chicago, which is tested by domestic violence, murder, and decades-old secrets coming to light.
Narration: This lyrical novel's large ensemble is voiced by a full cast, including award-winning narrator Ron Butler as the omniscient neighborhood church.
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