There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman; narrated by Pamela Druckerman What it is: part memoir, part self-help guide, this witty and lighthearted collection of 25 essays explores American expat life in Paris, the realities of aging, and family relationships.
Narration: Pamela Druckerman's straightforward and relaxed narration highlights the humor in her prose.
Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn; narrated by Dennis BoutsikarisWhat it is: an energetic, thoroughly researched, and occasionally gossipy portrait of the singer-songwriter's life and prolific seven-decade career.
Narration: Dennis Boutsikaris provides a fresh perspective on Simon's artistry by reading his lyrics as if they were poems.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang; narrated by Carly Robins What it’s about: Stella Lane, a mathematician who has Asperger’s, knows everything about numbers but very little about love -- so she hires escort Michael Phan to school her in the mechanics of romance.
Narration: Carly Robins' unique voices for the characters make for engaged -- and engaging -- storytelling.
There There by Tommy Orange; narrated by Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo, and Kyla GarciaWhat it is: a debut by a Native American author; vignettes in the lives of 12 different characters as they prepare for the upcoming Big Oakland Powwow in Oakland, California.
Narration: the intertwining stories are well-served by an ensemble cast, anchored by emotional performances from Alma Cuervo and Kyla Garcia as sisters Jacquie and Opal Red Feather.
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta; narrated by RettaWhat it's about: In this engaging essay collection, comedian and Parks and Recreation actress Retta ruminates on everything from her Liberian immigrant parents and abandoned med school aspirations to her addictive personality and eclectic hobbies.
Narration: Retta's effusive warmth and self-deprecating sense of humor make this tell-all feel like a conversation with an old friend.
Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic of the Johnstown Flood by Al Roker; narrated by Mirron Willis What it's about: On May 31, 1889, the poorly engineered South Fork Dam -- built for a lake resort frequented by wealthy guests (including Andrew Carnegie) -- burst after a heavy rainfall, engulfing Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 20 million tons of water. The disaster killed over two thousand people and remains the deadliest flood in U.S. history.
Narration: Audie Award-winning narrator Mirron Willis' sonorous tone adds dramatic weight to his recounting of the disaster.
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman; read by Catherine SteadmanWhat it's about: On a Tahitian honeymoon they can ill afford, Erin and Mark find the ruins of a plane -- and a canvas bag full of diamonds and cash. Smuggling it back into England, they face increasingly lethal consequences for their rash decision.
Narration: Catherine Steadman's fast-paced narration conveys the tension in her edge-of-your-seat thriller debut.
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay; narrated by Amy LandonWhat it's about: Eric and Andrew are enjoying a well-earned vacation with their seven-year-old daughter, Wen, until a quartet of weapon-wielding strangers appears, warning that the apocalypse is imminent...unless one of the family members sacrifices another.
Narration: Amy Landon's calm reading underscores the violence and horror soon to unfold.
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