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2022 AudioFile Earphone Awards

2022 AudioFile Earphone Awards

AudioFile Magazine gives Earphones Awards to the best new audiobooks: listens that combine blow-you-away narrations with standout writing. AudioFile is the best independent source of audiobook reviews and recommendations—with clear focus on the performance and audio experience.

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The Candy House

A Novel

By Jennifer Egan
Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Nicole Lewis, Thomas Sadoski, Colin Donnell, Griffin Newman, Rebecca Lowman, Jackie Sanders, Lucy Liu, Christian Barillas, Tara Lynne Barr, Alex Allwine, Emily Tremaine, Kyle Beltran, Dan Bittner, Chris Henry Coffey, Ali Andre Ali, Corey Brill, Danny Campbell, George Newbern, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Gibson Frazier, Allison Light & Travis Tonn
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

The Candy House

“Egan weaves together these seemingly disparate characters and storylines into a stunning ending. The Candy House is about family, connection, legacy, technology, and so much more. It is her best work yet.”

Country Bookshelf image Ariana Paliobagis, Country Bookshelf
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The Paris Apartment

A Novel

By Lucy Foley
Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi & Charlie Anson
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade

"Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has...

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Chorus

By Rebecca Kauffman
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

The seven Shaw siblings have long been haunted by two early and profoundly consequential events. Told in turns from the early twentieth century through the 1950s, the story builds as each sibling relays their own versions of the memories that surround both their mother’s mysterious death and the circumstances of one sister’s scandalous teenage... Read more »

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Ten Steps to Nanette

A Memoir Situation

By Hannah Gadsby
Narrated by: Hannah Gadsby
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with her show Nanette when she declared that she was quitting stand-up. Now she takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.

“Hannah is a Promethean force, a... Read more »

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Easy Beauty

By Chloé Cooper Jones
Narrated by: Chloé Cooper Jones
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

Easy Beauty

“The subtitle ‘memoir’ doesn't do justice to this spectacular, sui generis meditation on art, disability, parenting, and travel. It's about more than memory — it's about living in the now and creating the future we want for our children.”

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Fearlessly Different

An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage

By Mickey Rowe
Narrated by: Mickey Rowe
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

Growing up, Mickey Rowe was told that he couldn’t enter the mainstream world. He was iced out by classmates and colleagues, infantilized by well-meaning theatre directors, barred from even earning a minimum wage. Why? Because he is autistic. Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage is Mickey Rowe’s... Read more »

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The Atlas Six

Atlas Series: Book #1

By Olivie Blake
Narrated by: Andy Ingalls, Caitlin Kelly, Damian Lynch, David Monteith, James Patrick Cronin, Munirih Grace, Siho Ellsmore & Steve West
Length: 15 hours 59 minutes

The much-acclaimed BookTok sensation from Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six is now newly revised, edited with additional content, and available on audio for the first time.

The tag #theatlassix already has millions of views on TikTok

A dark academic debut fantasy with an established cult following that reads like The Secret History meets The...

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A Far Wilder Magic

By Allison Saft
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
Length: 14 hours 36 minutes

"Narrator Jesse Vilinsky offers mesmerizing performances of two odd young folks who are proving their worth to the world and each other" -- AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

"An utterly transportive read, unfolding into a world of crumbling manors and ancient forests. Allison Saft crafts a deliberate, intricate romance that will have...

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Civil Rights Queen

Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality 

By Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 15 hours 57 minutes

With the US Supreme Court confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, “it makes sense to revisit the life and work of another Black woman who profoundly shaped the law: Constance Baker Motley” (CNN). The first major biography of one of our most influential judges—an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal... Read more »

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Checkout 19

A Novel

By Claire-Louise Bennett
Narrated by: Claire-Louise Bennett
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

“Bennett writes like no one else. She is a rare talent, and Checkout 19 is a masterful novel.” –Karl Ove Knausgaard

Named a most anticipated book of 2022 by Vulture, Glamour, Bustle, and Lit Hub

From the author of the “dazzling. . . . and daring” Pond (O magazine), the adventures of a young woman discovering her own genius, through the people she...
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The Cartographers

A Novel

By Peng Shepherd
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Nancy Wu, Karen Chilton, Ron Butler, Neil Hellegers, Jason Culp & Brittany Pressley
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret—one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history. 

What is the purpose of a map? 

Nell...

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All My Rage

A Novel

By Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan & Kausar Mohammed
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

All My Rage

“Two thumbs up. I loved how the pacing accelerated as the story unfolded. Intense and heartbreaking, as well as refreshing and angering, in the best of ways. I was hooked, listening to the different voices and learning so much about Pakistani beliefs and traditions. Trigger alerts, though! Also important to hear about how folks live with unbelievable trauma and are still able to rise above. ”

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A Sunlit Weapon

A Novel
Maisie Dobbs: Book #17

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

In the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

 October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire—the fastest fighter aircraft in...

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I'm So (Not) Over You

By Kosoko Jackson
Narrated by: Timothy Bell Reese
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

One of...
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I Was Better Last Night

A Memoir

By Harvey Fierstein
Narrated by: Harvey Fierstein
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career

Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has transported him... Read more »

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Manifesto

On Never Giving Up

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Bernardine Evaristo
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling and Booker Prize–winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British...

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Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Stories

By Gish Jen
Narrated by: Justin Chien, Catherine Ho, Annie Q & Eunice Wong
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

The acclaimed, award-winning author of The Resisters takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. It is a unique book that only Jen could write—a story collection accruing the power of a novel as it proceeds—a work that Cynthia Ozick has called “an art beyond art. It is... Read more »

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Moon Witch, Spider King

The Dark Star Trilogy: Book #2

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 30 hours 46 minutes

“Masterfully flips the first installment on its head... James makes the mythic tantalizingly real.’” —Esquire
 
"Even more brilliant than the first.” —Buzzfeed

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

 
From Marlon James, author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the second book in the Dark Star trilogy.

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Rhyme's Rooms

The Architecture of Poetry

By Brad Leithauser
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

From the widely acclaimed poet, novelist, critic, and scholar, a lucid and edifying exploration of the building blocks of poetry and how they've been used over the centuries to assemble the most imperishable poems • “Anyone wanting to learn how to remodel, restore, or build a poem from the foundation up, will find this room-by-room guide on the... Read more »

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City of Incurable Women

By Maud Casey
Narrated by: Hope Newhouse
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes

In a fusion of fact and fiction, nineteenth-century women institutionalized as hysterics reveal what history ignored

City of Incurable Women is a brilliant exploration of the type of female bodily and psychic pain once commonly diagnosed as hysteria—and the curiously hysterical response to it commonly exhibited by medical men. It is a novel of...

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