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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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Sisters Matsumoto

By Philip Kan Gotanda
Narrated by: Keiko Agena, June Angela, Ron Bottitta, Kurt Kanazawa, Suzy Nakamura, Greg Watanabe & Ryun Yu
Length: 1 hours 52 minutes

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US government sent thousands of Japanese American citizens to detention camps. In 1945, three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm in Stockton, California, after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As... Read more »

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A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder

Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder: Book #1

By Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Scandal and slayings among Regency London's elite. The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home. Just hours before the knight's death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a... Read more »

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The Test

By Sylvain Neuvel
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 2 hours 11 minutes

Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The TestBritain, the not-too-distant future.Idir is sitting the British Citizenship Test.He wants his family to belong.

Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress.When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of... Read more »

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We Must Be Brave

By Frances Liardet
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle & Juliet Mills
Length: 16 hours 5 minutes


"A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." --Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

Spanning World War II and the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time,...
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The Other Americans

A Novel

By Laila Lalami
Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, P.J. Ochlan, Adenrele Ojo, Ozzie Rodriguez, Susan Nezami, Ali Nasser, Mark Bramhall, Max Adler & Meera Simhan
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction
Winner of the Arab American Book Award in Fiction
Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, the Washington Post, BookPage, NPR, the GuardianVariety, New York Public Library, Minneapolis Star TribuneDallas Morning News, and Kirkus Reviews

From the Pulitzer... Read more »

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A novel

By Nathan Englander
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

The celebrated Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank delivers his best work yet, a streamlined comic masterpiece about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his father.
Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews.  When his father dies,... Read more »

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Book of Longing

By Leonard Cohen
Narrated by: Leonard Cohen
Length: 3 hours 11 minutes

Book of Longing is a critically-acclaimed collection of poetry by the late Leonard Cohen. The audiobook features edited and remastered archival recordings of the author himself, reading the poems in a home environment. The result is a rare, personal experience from one of the western world’s most popular and innovative creative artists. Read more »

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The Reckoning

A Thriller
Children's House: Book #2

By Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
Length: 11 hours 48 minutes

"With a remarkable ability to subtly distinguish myriad characters, Lucy Patterson masterfully narrates this thriller...Her timing and delivery, including subtle pauses and sighs, are transfixing." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

From Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of the international bestselling thriller The Silence of the Sea,... Read more »

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Grateful American

A Journey from Self to Service

By Gary Sinise & Marcus Brotherton
Narrated by: Gary Sinise
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

"The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our... Read more »

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Memory Man series: Book #5

By David Baldacci
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer & Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in this compelling Memory Man thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.
Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer.... Read more »

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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library

By Edward Wilson-Lee
Narrated by: Richard Trinder
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

This impeccably researched and “adventure-packed” (The Washington Post) account of the obsessive quest by Christopher Columbus’s son to create the greatest library in the world is “the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters” (NPR) and offers a vivid picture of Europe on the verge of becoming modern.

At the peak of the Age of Exploration, Hernando Colón... Read more »

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A Knife in the Fog

A Mystery Featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle

By Bradley Harper
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

September 1888. A twenty-nine-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle practices medicine by day and writes at night. His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, although gaining critical and popular success, has only netted him twenty-five pounds. Embittered by the experience, he vows never to write another "crime story." Then a messenger arrives... Read more »

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
Narrated by: James Warwick
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

This powerful new recording of Wilde’s famous novel tells the unforgettable story of a hedonistic young man who makes a sinister deal to preserve his youth. When his wish is granted, Dorian Gray slips into a life of sensuality, debauchery, and murder.
In this uncensored version, TV star James Warwick’s inspired, nuanced narration is followed by a... Read more »

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The Volunteer

A Novel

By Salvatore Scibona
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 13 hours 43 minutes

"Thrilling… Scibona has built a masterpiece." – The New York Times Book Review

"All of it — all of it — is just so ridiculously beautiful." – Jason Sheehan,

"The rewards are enormous. This is a spectacular work of fiction." – San Francisco Chronicle

A long-awaited new novel from a National Book Award Finalist, the epic story of a restless...
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Notes from a Young Black Chef

A Memoir

By Kwame Onwuachi & Joshua David Stein
Narrated by: Kwame Onwuachi
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

“Kwame Onwuachi’s story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world.” —Questlove
By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty... Read more »

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A Woman Is No Man

A Novel

By Etaf Rum
Narrated by: Ariana Delawari, Dahlia Salem & Susan Nezami
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

A Woman Is No Man

A Woman Is No Man gives a rare and terrifying look into the lives of three generations of Palestinian and Palestinian-American women. Readers are invited into the secret world of these women living in Palestine and then Brooklyn; we watch nervously as they try to navigate and reconcile their two worlds — the violent, patriarchal world at home and the confusing, anti-cultural world outside their front door. I cringed at the pain and cheered at the successes of the women I came to know. This beautifully written book shines a light on an important topic. It is a story that must be told and, as importantly, must be heard.”

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

The Dark Star Trilogy: Book #1

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 23 hours 59 minutes

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

“If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be feral. James creates a fantastical Africa that invokes the violence and brutality of the old world, but wraps it in delicate layers of myth and magic that make the reader want to cozy up to the savagery in order to get a better look. The characters add to the effect, as they are mysterious enough to entice and real enough to despise. The sense of displacement and lack of certainty enforces the message that nothing and nobody in this world can be trusted, not even the self. If people want to call this the African Game of Thrones, I won’t necessarily argue, but I will say that the Tracker and his frenemies would make any of the big baddies in Westeros run for cover with their tail cut off. ”

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Elsey Come Home

A novel

By Susan Conley
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 5 hours 49 minutes

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The Cold Is in Her Bones

By Peternelle van Arsdale
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

“A dark and enchanting tale.” —Bustle
“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this “dark, angry fairy tale” (BCCB, starred review) filled with love, revenge, and redemption that is... Read more »

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The Suspect

By Fiona Barton
Narrated by: Susan Duerden, Fiona Hardingham, Nicholas Guy Smith & Katharine Lee McEwan
Length: 11 hours 31 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent’s worst nightmare...

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to... Read more »

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