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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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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

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf is fantastically queer, black, and confounding! It is an enticing read, filled with love, sex, betrayal, and truths that are not so true.”

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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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How to Be Heard

Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening

By Julian Treasure
Narrated by: Julian Treasure
Length: 12 hours 27 minutes

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen-and how to listen so that people feel heard.

As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers, and CEOs at the tops... Read more »

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The Raven Tower

By Ann Leckie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hours 1 minutes

The Raven Tower

“Reading a book by Ann Leckie is very much like trying an unusual new food; after a taste of it your regular meat-and-potatoes reading will seem plain by comparison. The Raven Tower is fantasy for philosophers, brimming with intrigue, nuance, and some absolutely fascinating mythological twists. Plus, the magnificence of the book aside, I would listen to Adjoa Andoh read a shopping list.”

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Ninth Street Women

Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

By Mary Gabriel
Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
Length: 39 hours 13 minutes

Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic,... Read more »

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Mother Country

A Novel

By Irina Reyn
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

Award-winning author Irina Reyn explores what it means to be a mother in a world where you can't be with your child

Nadia's daily life in south Brooklyn is filled with small indignities: as a senior home attendant, she is always in danger of being fired; as a part-time nanny, she is forced to navigate the demands of her spoiled charge and the... Read more »

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Nevertheless, We Persisted

48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

By Amy Klobuchar & In This Together Media
Narrated by: Amy Klobuchar, Vikas Adam, Jonathan Davis, Ari Fliakos, Sullivan Jones, January LaVoy, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo, Nancy Wu & Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race,... Read more »

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Carla Hall's Soul Food

Everyday and Celebration

By Carla Hall & Genevieve Ko
Narrated by: Carla Hall
Length: TBA

Beloved TV chef (ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef), Carla Hall takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine.

In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh,... Read more »

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The First Conspiracy

The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

By Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

This program includes a bonus conversation with the authors.

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement...
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The Boy at the Keyhole

A Novel

By Giles & Stephen Giles
Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

“A fiendishly efficient, gorgeously written, nasty little thrill ride of a psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down, and it’s entirely possible that I’ll never sleep again. A true tour-de-force of a debut novel.”—Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham and Jane Steele

For fans of Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters and Daphne du Maurier, an... Read more »

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Memoirs of a Literary Forger

By Lee Israel
Narrated by: Jane Curtin
Length: 2 hours 40 minutes

Now a major motion picture starring Melissa McCarthy—Lee Israel’s hilarious and shocking memoir of the astonishing caper she carried on for almost two years when she forged and sold more than three hundred letters by such literary notables as Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Noel Coward, and many others.

Before turning to her life of crime—running a... Read more »

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A German Reckons with History and Home

By Nora Krug
Narrated by: Nora Krug
Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award * Silver Medal Society of Illustrators *

* Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal

This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times), by... Read more »

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