Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits by Emmanuel Acho; narrated by Emmanuel AchoWhat it is: a thought-provoking look at the possibilities that can arise when we set aside conventional wisdom to explore beyond the self-imposed limits of the "logical" path.
Narration: Former NFL linebacker and Emmy-winning broadcaster Emmanuel Acho dishes out advice with a sincere and lively reading.
The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander; narrated by Elizabeth AlexanderWhat it is: a concise exploration of how Black artists reckon with generational trauma and racist violence.
Narration: Poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander's lyrical reading complements the book's moving tone.
The Tsarina's Daughter by Ellen Alpsten; narrated by Anna KrippaWhat it's about: The deaths of her parents and shifts in court politics leave Peter the Great and Catherine I's sheltered daughter Elizabeth penniless and out of favor in her youth, but as an adult she is presented with an opportunity for redress that is as tempting as it is dangerous.
Narration: British actress Anna Krippa returns to narrate this 2nd in the evocative Tsarina series.
The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found by Frank Bruni; narrated by Frank BruniWhat it's about: This moving and reflective memoir chronicles author Frank Bruni's experiences and observations after a stroke destroyed his sight in one eye, put his remaining vision at risk, and encouraged him to rethink his personal and professional priorities.
Narration: Bruni's calm reading reveals his poignant yet hopeful attitude on aging.
Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life and Love by Delia Ephron; narrated by Delia Ephron How it began: Shortly after losing both her husband, Jerry, and her sister, writer Nora Ephron, to cancer, You've Got Mail screenwriter Delia Ephron found a second chance at love with a man from her past -- until her own cancer diagnosis derailed everything.
Narration: Ephron's candid narration captures all the joys and sorrows of a life well lived.
The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman; narrated by DeLanna Studi and Peter MacDonaldWhat happens: While visiting Lake Powell, Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Jim Chee finds a murdered Navajo artist and agrees to help the local police. Back home in New Mexico, his wife, officer Bernadette Manuelito, goes undercover to find the Mercedes-driving killer of a hitchhiker.
Narration: Cherokee actress DeLanna Studi expertly juggles multiple distinct character voices in this 25th Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito mystery; World War II Navajo code talker Peter MacDonald authentically narrates a glossary of Navajo terms at the end of the book.
Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones; narrated by Chloé Cooper JonesWhat it's about: philosophy professor Chloé Cooper Jones' experiences living with sacral agenesis, a congenital spinal condition that causes her immense physical and emotional pain.
Narration: Jones offers a thought-provoking and life-affirming exploration of societal beauty standards, parenthood, and identity in her AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz; narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed, Karissa Vacker, and Teri Clark Linden What it is: a lyrical psychological novel about three lives touched by the development, publication, and study of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.
Narration: Maggi-Meg Reed, Karissa Vacker, and Teri Clark Linden earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for capturing a trio of complex characters with interwoven lives.
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse; narrated by Christian Barillas, Darrell Dennis, Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, and Shaun Taylor-Corbett The setting: the continent of Meridian, reeling in the aftermath of celestial events that shattered the Holy City of Tova.
Narration: A full cast of Black and Indigenous narrators brings to life this 2nd epic fantasy in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, which draws inspiration from the many pre-contact Indigenous cultures of the Americas.
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd; narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, Nancy Wu, Karen Chilton, Ron Butler, Neil Hellegers, Jason Culp, and Brittany Pressley The premise: Cartographer Nell Young has a strained relationship with her father Daniel, a well-regarded scholar in their shared field, but she is understandably upset after learning her father was found dead at his desk at the New York Public Library.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, a full cast narrates Peng Shepherd's compelling thriller.
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