If I Live by Terri Blackstock; narrated by Kate Rudd What it is: an edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense story and the final book in the If I Run series, following If I Run and If I'm Found.
Narration: Audie Award winner Kate Rudd returns to finish the series, having previously lent her voice to If I'm Found.
The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table by Rick Bragg; narrated by Rick Bragg What it's about: In this heartfelt and nostalgic tribute to the cuisine of his Alabama childhood, author Rick Bragg (All Over but the Shoutin') shares the stories behind his family's recipes.
Narration: In his AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, Bragg's intimate narration -- delivered in an unhurried drawl -- is a feast all its own.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte; narrated by Patrick LawlorWhat it is: the most up-to-date research on the amazing rise, fantastic reign, and spectacular extinction of dinosaurs, presented in a captivating and lively manner.
Narration: Patrick Lawlor's breezy, energetic narration makes The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs an action-packed adventure perfect for both dinosaur enthusiasts and general listeners.
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter; narrated by Brittany PressleyStarring: Maddie, who's spent the last six years in a remote Alaskan cabin with no company except for her dad, a former Secret Service agent -- until Logan, Maddie's childhood friend and the President's son, brings trouble to her door.
Narration: Brittany Pressley smoothly conveys the shifting narrative tones (teen angst, life-or-death stakes) of this twisty young adult thriller.
Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us by Roma Downey; narrated by Roma DowneyWhat it's about: Author and Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey shares stories and reflections from her life, along with inspiring quotes, poems, and scripture.
Narration: Downey's spoken-from-the-heart narration complements her touching, peaceful prose.
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox; narrated by Euan MortonWhat it's about: Former Sydney cop Ted Conkaffey -- who is innocent -- was charged with the brutal rape of a teen but freed due to lack of evidence. Retreating to a cabin at Crimson Lake, he helps a convicted killer turned PI (who may also be innocent) with a case.
Narration: Euan Morton's Australian accent and gruff demeanor emanate a gripping, lived-in authenticity in this first-person mystery.
Varina by Charles Frazier; narrated by Molly ParkerWhat it’s about: Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War, learns that her marriage of security and comfort comes at a steep price.
Narration: Actress Molly Parker's Southern accent and gentle cadence convey the novel's atmospheric, lyrical tone.
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First... by Robert Kurson; narrated by Ray PorterWhat it is: an exhilarating account of the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon and the three astronauts who risked their lives to complete the mission, portrayed with dramatic storytelling flourish.
Narration: Ray Porter alternates his pacing, slowing down his narration to explain technical concepts, and speeding it up to highlight the mission's risky thrills.
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser; narrated by Erin BennettWhat it's about: A friendly night around a neighborhood fire pit ends in mystery when one guest and her children go missing. Her soon-to-be ex-husband is quickly placed under police scrutiny, while her neighbors struggle to understand what clues they missed.
Narration: Erin Bennett's dramatic reading heightens the tension in this engrossing slow-burn novel.
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