Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam; narrated by Marin IrelandWhat happens: A white family staying in a rented Hamptons home finds their idyllic vacation cut short by the arrival of the owners, an older Black couple hoping to take refuge from a blackout in New York City.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, narrator Marin Ireland's nuanced reading captures the tensions between the two families as they try to understand the cause of the blackout.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn; narrated by Joniece Abbott-PrattWhat it's about: While grieving the loss of her mother, 16-year-old Bree has her world shaken once again when she witnesses a demon attack and discovers the Legendborn, a magical secret society descended from King Arthur's knights.
Narration: Joniece Abbott-Pratt juggles multiple character accents and tones in her energetic reading of this suspenseful YA series opener.
One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay; narrated by Allyson RyanWedding problems: A mishap with the guest list finds most of the town invited to the wedding of Briar Creek, Connecticut library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Sully, but the biggest development is that someone murders Sully's old friend, who was to perform the ceremony.
Narration: Longtime Library Lover's Mysteries narrator Allyson Ryan returns to narrate this engaging 11th entry in the series.
Her Night With the Duke by Diana Quincy; narrated by Zara Hampton-BrownWhat happens: While stranded at a country inn, widowed travel writer Lady Delilah Chambers spends one night with a stranger only to find out later that he is Elliot Townsend, the Duke of Huntington -- and her beloved stepdaughter's betrothed.
Narration: Zara Hampton-Brown's lively British-accented narration complements this steamy 1st in a new series.
The Fragile Earth: Writing from the New Yorker on Climate Change by David Remnick and Henry Finder (editors); narrated by Kaleo Griffith, Gabra Zackman, and Cat Gould What it is: an anthology of The New Yorker's climate change reporting.
Narration: A trio of narrators imbue this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording with a calm yet persuasive sense of urgency.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab; narrated by Julia WhelanWhat it's about: Three centuries after she makes a Faustian bargain to live forever but to be unremembered, adventurous young French woman Addie Larue discovers that one person, New York bookstore owner Henry, may be the exception.
Narration: Award-winning narrator Julia Whelan wields an impressive array of character accents (including French and New York) in her leisurely-paced reading of this sweeping fantasy.
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