Dr. B. by Daniel Birnbaum; narrated by John LeeWhat it is: a richly detailed debut novel about a German Jewish journalist who escapes to Sweden at the beginning of World War II and gets involved in anti-Nazi espionage.
Narration: John Lee's lively, English-accented reading ratchets up the suspense in this fast-paced spy story.
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen; narrated by Catherine HoFriendship and fakery: Ava Wong bumps into former college roomie Winnie Fang and is quickly drawn into Winnie's designer handbag scam to earn money for her son's school fees.
Narration: Catherine Ho expertly juggles distinct voices for Ava and Winnie in her sardonic AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.
A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman by Lindy Elkins-Tanton; narrated by Lisa FlanaganMeet: planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator of NASA's Psyche mission, who is only the second woman ever to be awarded a major NASA space exploration contract. She is also a survivor of both childhood abuse and ovarian cancer.
Narration: Lisa Flanagan earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her engaging performance of Elkins-Tanton's moving memoir.
The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions: The Ultimate Miss Phryne Fisher Story Collection by Kerry Greenwood; narrated by Wendy BosWhat it is: a witty, entertaining collection of 15 stories (including four new ones), all starring the elegant, irrepressible Phryne Fisher, who amuses herself solving crimes in 1920s Australia.
Narration: Australian narrator Wendy Bos' immersive narration brings Phryne and an ensemble cast of supporting players to vivid life.
Ways the World Could End by Kim Hooper; narrated by Stephanie Willing and Pete CrossStarring: Dave, an autistic widower now solo-parenting the baffling creature that is his teen daughter; and 15-year-old Cleo, who's grappling with both her mother's death and a crush on a new girl in class.
Narration: Stephanie Willing (as Cleo) and Pete Cross (as Dave) capture the pair's fraught bond in this emotional, AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production.
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour; narrated by Julia WhelanDelicious and healing: Yerba Buena is both an herb and the aptly named restaurant where Emilie and Sarah first meet. While their attraction to one another is clear, both must confront their troubled pasts to move forward.
Narration: Julia Whelan's calm and quiet narration complements author Nina LaCour's subtle and lyrical prose.
On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi; narrated by Mela LeeStarring: Angie Appiah, a high-achieving Ghanaian American medical student who never questions her life choices until, within a span of days, she gets dumped, nearly flunks an important exam, and meets charismatic artist Ricky Gutierrez.
Narration: Mela Lee's emotional reading captures the ups and downs of Angie's personal and professional lives.
The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian; narrated by Joel LeslieStarring: unconventional Marian Hayes, a new mother who befriends and then falls in love with her blackmailer, Rob Brooks, a career criminal who comes to Marian's aid when she goes on the lam after shooting her abusive husband.
Narration: Joel Leslie returns to narrate this 2nd banter-filled Queer Principles of Kit Webb romance.
Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris; narrated by David SedarisWhat it is: a candid and irreverent collection of essays by bestselling author and humorist David Sedaris that chronicles life during COVID.
Narration: Sedaris narrates his own work with a tone that is equal parts humorous and poignant.
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