A Well Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler; narrated by Barrie KreinikWhat happens: Alva Smith, penniless but pedigreed, sets her sights on William K. Vanderbilt, heir to a railroad fortune. She soon learns that while money may provide security, it can't buy happiness.
Narration: Barrie Kreinik imbues her portrayal of the independent-minded Alva with energy and edge.
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott; narrated by Anne LamottWhat it's about: This candid, funny essay collection from the bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway reflects on hope, encouraging readers to rely on its power even when things look grim.
Narration: Anne Lamott's calm reading capably complements her own inspirational insights.
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon; narrated by Kiese LaymonWhat it's about: In his compelling and complex memoir, Kiese Laymon examines the burdens of the frequently policed and politicized black male body. Growing up obese in 1980s Mississippi, his was no exception, and he grappled with abuse, anorexia, and addiction.
Narration: Laymon's rich, poetic cadence makes for an evocative and thought-provoking listen.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi; narrated by Priya AyyarWhat it's about: When Shirin (loves break-dancing, wears a hijab) starts at a new school the year after 9/11, she's unsurprised by the anti-Muslim hostility she faces. She knows better than to let her guard down -- not even for Ocean, a classmate who seems genuinely into her.
Narration: Priya Ayyar skillfully embodies the inner turmoil of this realistic young adult novel's sympathetic 16-year-old protagonist.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman; narrated by Megan Mullally and Nick OffermanWhat it's about: In this frank and bawdy conversation, "mismatched" couple Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) chat about their lives and love.
Narration: The pair's raucous rapport is reminiscent of comedy podcasts; music performed by Mullally peppers each chapter break.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean; narrated by Susan Orlean What's the story? In April 1986, a devastating fire engulfed the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, destroying over one million books and leading to the building's seven-year closure. Was it an accident...or arson?
Narration: Susan Orlean's Audiofile Earphones Award-winning recording offers plenty of warmth, humor, and intrigue.
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan; narrated by Saskia MaarleveldWhat it's about: the improbable connection between Ashlyn Bryant, an accused murderer who vehemently denies her guilt, and Mercer Hennessey, the journalist assigned to cover Ashlyn's likely conviction.
Narration: Saskia Maarleveld's well-paced narration draws readers into this twisty, intricately plotted thriller.
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker; narrated by Pete Bradbury, Vikas Adam, and a full castWhat is it: Co-written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, this atmospheric "prequel" to Dracula re-imagines the origins of the 1897 classic -- and of Stoker himself.
Narration: Led by narrator Pete Bradbury and Earphones Award winner Vikas Adam as Bram Stoker, a full cast brings the riveting Gothic horror novel's well-developed characters to life.
Family Trust by Kathy Wang; narrated by Joy Osmanski Featuring: terminally ill patriarch Stanley Huang, and his prospective heirs, who wonder how much he's really worth while considering their own failures and successes as second-generation Taiwanese Americans.
Narration: Joy Osmanski skillfully juggles multiple accents and tonal shifts to portray a large cast of characters.
The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams; narrated by Brittany PressleyWhat happens: In this action-packed space opera, an agent of the Justified sect recruits gifted teens from worlds destroyed by the Pulse weapon, attempting to stay ahead of rival sect Pax.
Narration: Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award, Brittany Pressley's measured narration underscores the escalating emotional stakes of this first in the Universe After series.
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