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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 Silence of the Girls

A Novel

By Pat Barker
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton & Michael Fox
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

The Silence of the Girls

“The women in Homer’s Iliad hardly ever speak; we are not privy to their thoughts, feelings, or anguish as expressed in their own words. Until now. The Silence of the Girls depicts moments of the Trojan War through the eyes of the female captives at the mercy of the men who have slaughtered their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, as they carve out new lives in the wake of war’s devastation. The focus of Barker’s novel is Briseis, through whose eyes we see, up close, the rift between Agamemnon and Achilles, the bond between Achilles and Patroclus, and the complex, beautiful support system the captured women weave together. Barker’s novel is a masterpiece of resilience, determination, fury, healing, and complicated, completely human characters.”

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Wild Fire

A Shetland Island Mystery
Shetland Island Mysteries: Book #8

By Ann Cleeves
Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Wild Fire

“Wild Fire is the 8th book in the Jimmy Perez Shetland Island mystery series. Though I am a fan of the BBC/PBS show, this was the first book that I read. Wonderful depiction of insular island life, strong character development and a plot with twists and turns. What the characters are saying and what they leave out is important too for some personal situations. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm.”

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The Man Who Climbs Trees

The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman

By James Aldred
Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

A professional tree climber encounters gorillas, snakes, spiders, and birds of prey, as well as answers and perspective, hundreds of feet up, all over the world Every child knows the allure of climbing trees. But how many of us get to make a living at it, spending days observing nature from the canopies of stunning forests all around the world?... Read more »

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A Novel

By Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

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“While World War II isn’t my usual era of interest, Juliet’s hilarious inner monologue about everything that happens around her won me over. There is espionage and intrigue, and twists and turns emerge where you least expect them. I can see the 1940s so clearly, thanks to Atkinson’s fantastic writing. This is a book that will be a hit for a lot of different kinds of readers: people who like historical fiction, mystery, or literary fiction.”

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Trans Like Me

Conversations for All of Us

By C.N. Lester
Narrated by: CN Lester
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

In Trans Like Me, CN Lester takes listeners on a measured, thoughtful, intelligent yet approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we really are in terms of progress. From the impact of the media's wording in covering trans people and issues, to... Read more »

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The Other Woman

A Novel
Gabriel Allon: Book #18

By Daniel Silva
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

From Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal.

She was his best-kept secret …

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken... Read more »

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A Noise Downstairs

A Novel

By Linwood Barclay
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

A Noise Downstairs

“If you’re looking for a wild ride, look no further, because you’re not going to get wilder than A Noise Downstairs. For a book that seems to have a little of everything — unresolved trauma, untrustworthy characters, a mysterious typewriter, and a hefty dose of the paranormal — Barclay tells his story with a smooth ease that will pull you through the pages at a breakneck speed. And, well, no spoilers, but the ending will blow your socks clean off.”

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

By Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“At first, My Year of Rest and Relaxation feels like the end of something, like a novel about the end of someone’s life. But Moshfegh has a way of affirming life unlike any other author. Repercussions of grief, emotional exhaustion, and the general anchors of life hurl a young woman into the warm embrace of the idea of hibernating for a year. Of course, this cannot be so simply done. In true Moshfegh fashion, this journey is brimming with laconic humor, her brand of ne’er-do-wells, and ample substance intake, which all lead to one of the most existentially satisfying reads in recent memory.  ”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Spinning Silver

A Novel

By Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 17 hours 56 minutes

Spinning Silver

“Spinning Silver takes the bones of Rumpelstiltskin and turns it into a story about female agency and power. While the six person narrative structure could be a bit tricky to follow, narrator Lisa Flanagan brings Miryem, Wanda, and Irina to life and readers will soon be caught up in the magic Naomi Novik weaves.”

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Madness Is Better Than Defeat

A novel

By Ned Beauman
Narrated by: Eric Meyers
Length: 15 hours 45 minutes

In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a huge Hollywood production on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues. Twenty years later, a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit the... Read more »

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Clock Dance

A novel

By Anne Tyler
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

Clock Dance

“Anne Tyler’s extraordinary ability to tell a story in the simplest language has helped her become one of our most beloved authors. In Clock Dance, she brings us Willa Drake, who has been seeking something all her life, it seems. It’s not until she’s reached middle age that she finally opens a new door in her heart and welcomes in the most unusual group of people: an entire neighborhood, ready to bring her a new perspective and an understanding of life that will change her forever. Tyler’s newest is one for book groups, one for book lovers, and one for you, too.”

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What I Leave Behind

By Alison McGhee
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 1 hours 28 minutes

“An artful exercise in melancholy…Every reader will love openhearted Will.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Haunting, introspective.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Emotionally raw…[A] piercing narrative.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“McGhee artfully illustrates the tangled web wherein grief intertwines with the mundane.” —BCCB


After his... Read more »

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Madness from the Inconstant Moon

A Collection of Short Works from Larry Niven

By Larry Niven
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 5 hours 44 minutes

Madness from the Inconstant Moon is a collection of early short science fiction works by Larry Niven, the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series. This classic collection includes "The Inconstant Moon," the basis for a forthcoming film by The Arrival producer Shawn Levy."All the Myriad Ways" (1968)"Passerby"... Read more »

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The Last Cowboys

A Pioneer Family in the New West

By John Branch
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's gripping portrait of one western family struggling to hold on to age-old American waysNew York Times reporter and bestselling author John Branch takes listeners to the magnificent red soil and rocky arroyos of southern Utah, where the Wright family of Smith Mesa have for generations raised cattle and... Read more »

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The Road to Dawn

Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

By Jared A. Brock
Narrated by: Jared A. Brock & Ryan Vincent Anderson
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

A major literary moment: after being lost to history for more than a century, The Road to Dawn uncovers the incredible story of the real-life slave who inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin.

-He rescued 118 enslaved people
-He won a medal at the first World's Fair in London
-Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle
-Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him... Read more »

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