Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird; narrated by Bahni TurpinWhat it's about: In this bittersweet work of biographical fiction, Cathay Williams recounts how she became the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving as Union Army "contraband" during the Civil War and later as Buffalo soldier "William Cathay."
Narration: Multiple Audie Award-winner Bahni Turpin's portrayal of Williams makes for an immersive listening experience.
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole; narrated by Karen ChiltonStarring: Portia Hobbs, whose quest for self-improvement leads to an internship at the Scottish armory of sexy swordsmith Tavish McKenzie -- who's also the secret heir to a dukedom.
Narration: Karen Chilton's playful reading emphasizes the flirty chemistry between this romance novel's two leads.
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear; narrated by Jane CollingwoodWhat happens: A cold case from London detective Cat Kinsella's childhood is related to a new murder investigation -- and her estranged pub-owner father may have connections to both.
Narration: Jane Collingwood employs multiple accents to distinguish among this mystery's sprawling cast of characters.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King; narrated by LeVar BurtonWhat it's about: This admiring biography of children's television icon Fred Rogers celebrates his cultural impact while also plumbing the hidden depths and contradictions of his work.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton conveys his signature storytelling ability, warmly recounting the life of a fellow PBS mainstay.
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy; narrated by Beth Macy What it is: a gut-wrenching history of America's rising opioid epidemic that puts a human face on the disheartening statistics.
Narration: Beth Macy's AudioFile Earphones Award-winning reading of her own reportage offers an empathetic and impassioned call-to-arms.
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle; narrated by Rebecca Serle What it's about: In this wish-fulfillment tale, Sabrina Nielsen arrives at her 30th birthday party to see that the guests are her answers to the ice-breaking question, "Who in all of history would you like to share a meal with?"
Narration: Author Rebecca Serle pulls double-duty in bringing her LibraryReads-selected novel to life.
The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer; narrated by Ari Fliakos What happens: A cryptic phone call. Hundreds of overnight disappearances. A series of assassinations on the 4th of July. All of these events are connected, and it's just the beginning of one man's plot to take down American society as we know it.
Narration: Ari Fliakos masterfully escalates the pace and tension of this thriller's suspenseful race against time.
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang; narrated by Courtney B. Vance and Neil deGrasse TysonWhat it is: a thought-provoking examination of the long-standing relationship between science and the military-industrial complex, with a special focus on astrophysics and the aerospace industry.
Narration: Courtney B. Vance's formal, regal cadence ably complements author Neil deGrasse Tyson's deep, well-paced reading of the book's prologue.
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