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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.

The Other Princess

A Novel of Queen Victoria's Goddaughter

By: Denny S. Bryce
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

A stunning portrait of an African princess raised in Queen Victoria’s court and adapting to life in Victorian England—based on the real-life story of a recently rediscovered historical figure, Sarah Forbes Bonetta.With a brilliant mind and a fierce will to survive, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a kidnapped African princess, is rescued from enslavement... Read more

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The September House

By: Carissa Orlando
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 13 hours 31 minutes

“Why run from a haunted house when you can stay and ignore the ghosts? Just when you thought you'd seen everything a haunted house novel could do, The September House comes along and delivers an eerie, darkly funny, and emotionally grounded book about the ghosts that haunt houses and marriages."– Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author... Read more

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The Times

How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn, and the Transformation of Journalism

By: Adam Nagourney
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 18 hours 53 minutes

A sweeping behind-the-scenes look at the last four turbulent decades of “the paper of record,” The New York Times, as it confronted world-changing events, internal scandals, and faced the existential threat of the internet

“An often enthralling chronicle [that] delivers the gossipy goods . . . Like Robert Caro’s biographies, [The Times] should... Read more

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The Armor of Light

A Novel

Kingsbridge: Book #5

By: Ken Follett
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 21 hours 39 minutes

An epic continuation of the series that began with The Pillars of the Earth, The Armor of Light heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and beyond

The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new... Read more

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North Woods

A Novel

By: Daniel Mason
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp, Mark Deakins, Jayne Entwistle, Billie Fulford-Brown, Arthur Morey, George Newbern, Kirsten Potter & Simon Vance
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

“Set in the North Woods of Massachusetts over centuries, this book is told through letters, poetry, historical entries, amorous bugs, and (my favorite) a true crime blogger. Daniel Manson skilfully ties his chapters together to create a beautiful, sometimes gut-wrenching, always tender love story of place. Read more

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Bookshops & Bonedust

Legends & Lattes

By: Travis Baldree
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

Bookshops & Bonedust is just as delightful as its predecessor (or perhaps more so, since it revolves around a bookstore!). The younger Viv is just as entertaining as the older Viv, and now I am dying for a third book where the characters of both the first two books get to hang out together. It was wonderful as an audiobook; since the author... Read more

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Absolution

A Novel

By: Alice McDermott
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky & Rachel Kenney
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

"A breath of fresh air."—BookPage

"Both narrators bring deep emotional tonality...this exceptional listen will foster deep book club discussions."
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"Alternately gripping, moving, and thought-provoking...this is an audiobook to savor." - AudioFile


A riveting account of women’s lives on the margins of the Vietnam War, from the renowned...
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A Power Unbound

The Last Binding: Book #3

By: Freya Marske
Narrated by: Josh Dylan
Length: 16 hours 7 minutes

A Power Unbound is the final entry in Freya Marske’s beloved, award-winning Last Binding trilogy, the queer historical fantasy series that began with A Marvellous Light.

"Josh Dylan gives a stand-out performance in this stunning conclusion to the Last Binding trilogy...action and romance come together in a richly written and beautifully performed... Read more

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Leslie F*cking Jones

By: Leslie Jones
Narrated by: Leslie Jones & Chris Rock
Length: 16 hours 32 minutes

“The best thing about the book Leslie F*cking Jones is that it is read by...Leslie F*cking Jones. Her bluntness, humor, and authenticity shine through in this moving memoir that is both witty and poignant. Existing fans and new followers will be carried away by Jones' informal and raucous style, telling stories both heartfelt and hilarious that... Read more

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The Wren, the Wren

By: Anne Enright
Narrated by: Anne Enright, Aoife Duffin, Owen Roe & Liza Ross
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

An incandescent novel from one of our greatest living novelists (The Times) about the inheritance of trauma, wonder, and love across three generations of women.
Nell McDaragh never knew her grandfather, the celebrated Irish poet Phil McDaragh. But his love poems seem to speak directly to her. Restless and wryly self-assured, at twenty-two Nell... Read more

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The Fraud

A Novel

By: Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Zadie Smith
Length: 12 hours 24 minutes

“An exuberant story based on historical characters and events in Victorian England and Jamaica, this novel is even better as an audio book! Zadie Smith reads it herself and she is an absolutely amazing voice-actor, able to take on the lilt, intonation and brogue of the novel’s characters, whether they are from Scotland, London or Jamaica. Read more

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The Vaster Wilds

A Novel

By: Lauren Groff
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

“Lauren Groff sends us back to the 17th century, to a nascent English fort in the winter somewhere along the North Atlantic Coast beset with starvation and any number of deathly diseases. As the novel opens, our protagonist, a young woman who is escaping this fort with nothing save the clothes on her back, a hatchet, a knife, and a metal cup,... Read more

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Normal Rules Don't Apply

Stories

By: Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Paterson Joseph
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

A dazzling collection of eleven interconnected stories from the bestselling, award-winning author of Shrines of Gaiety and Life After Life, with everything that readers love about her novels—the inventiveness, the verbal felicity, the sharp observations on human nature, and the deeply satisfying emotional wallop.

Nothing... Read more

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Holly

By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Justine Lupe & Stephen King
Length: 15 hours 35 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * NPR Best Book of the Year

Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and resourceful characters, returns in this chilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.

“Sometimes the universe throws you a rope.”BILL HODGES

Stephen... Read more

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I'm Not Done with You Yet

By: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen, Saskia Maarleveld, Leiana Bertrand & Eunice Wong
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

Some friends—and friendships—are worth killing for in this dark, twisty suspense novel by national bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto.

Jane is unhappy.  

A struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, just scraping by to pay a crippling Bay Area mortgage for a house—a... Read more

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Battle of Ink and Ice

A Sensational Story of News Barons, North Pole Explorers, and the Making of Modern Media

By: Darrell Hartman
Narrated by: Mack Sanderson
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

New York Times Book Review’s "100 Notable Books of 2023"

"Absolutely gripping… a perfectly splendid read—I highly, highly recommend it” -- Douglas Preston, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Lost City of the Monkey God

A sixty-year saga of frostbite and fake news that follows the no-holds-barred battle between two legendary explorers...
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The Heat Will Kill You First

Life and Death on a Scorched Planet

By: Jeff Goodell
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Most Anticipated by The Washington Post• New York Times bestselling journalist's "masterful, bracing" (David Wallace-Wells) investigation exposes "through stellar reporting, artful storytelling and fascinating scientific explanations" (Naomi Klein) an explosive new understanding of heat and the impact that rising temperatures will have on our... Read more

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Young Queens

Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power

By: Leah Redmond Chang
Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
Length: 18 hours 28 minutes

The boldly original, dramatic intertwined story of Catherine de' Medici, Elisabeth de Valois, and Mary, Queen of Scots—three queens exercising power in a world dominated by men.
Orphaned from infancy, Catherine de’ Medici endured a tumultuous childhood. Married to the French king, she was widowed by forty, only to become the power behind the... Read more

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While You Were Out

An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence

By: Meg Kissinger
Narrated by: Meg Kissinger
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

From award-winning journalist Meg Kissinger, a searing memoir of a family besieged by mental illness, as well as an incisive exploration of the systems that failed them and a testament to the love that sustained them.

Growing up in the 1960s in the suburbs of Chicago, Meg Kissinger’s family seemed to live a charmed life. With eight kids and two... Read more

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You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live

Ten Weeks in Birmingham That Changed America

By: Paul Kix
Narrated by: Jaime Lincoln-Smith
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

This program features a prologue and epilogue read by the author.

From journalist Paul Kix, the riveting story, never before fully told, of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign—ten weeks that would shape the course of the Civil Rights Movement and the future of America.


It’s one of the iconic photographs of American history: A Black teenager, a policeman... Read more

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