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2021 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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Foe

A Novel

By Iain Reid
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

Foe is a tale of implacably mounting peril that feels all the more terrifying for being told in such a quiet, elegantly stripped-down voice. Iain Reid knows how to do ‘ominous’ as well as anyone I’ve ever read.” —Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of... Read more »

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Valley Forge

By Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
Length: 14 hours 44 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with “a thorough, nuanced, and enthralling account” (The Wall Street Journal) about one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge.

In December 1777, some 12,000 members... Read more »

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Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

And Other Lessons in Life

By Michael Caine
Narrated by: Michael Caine
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

Now in his 85th year, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares wisdom and stories from his remarkable career in this "engrossing" memoir that "shines with positive energy" (Library Journal, starred review).

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu,... Read more »

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A Thousand Devils

Max Heller, Dresden Detective: Book #2

By Frank Goldammer
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

A disturbing murder reveals a high-stakes conspiracy among the ruins of postwar Dresden.

Two years after the firebombing that devastated the historic East German city, the suffering continues in the throes of a brutal winter. The wary and exhausted citizens scramble to survive, wolf packs of orphans scavenge for food, and Detective Max Heller is...

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You Are Free: Stories

By Danzy Senna
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, January LaVoy, Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

Danzy Senna's You Are Free is now available for the first time in audio!

Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise... Read more »

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Montague Siblings: Book #2

By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

“A fantastic tale of the challenges women face in a mans world. Even though it is set in a time when women wore petticoats, the story is fun and relatable. I recommend this for adults and young adults alike. The reader is very enjoyable!”

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

By Heather Morris
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“What a great easy read. We just finished it in our store book club and everyone enjoyed it. It’s a different perspective of the consentration camps from a survivors view. It shows humanity in survival mode and yet these two survivors still manage to find love in such a dark place.”

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Fresh Ink

An Anthology

By author
Narrated by: Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, Bahni Turpin, Various, Eric Gansworth, Aminah Mae Safi, Dominic Hoffman, Dion Graham, Ron Butler, J. B. Adkins, Sara Farizan, Henry Leyva, Donnabella Mortel & Schuyler Bailar
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic... Read more »

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Seafire

Seafire: Book #1

By Natalie C. Parker
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist

"The pace of the book is fast...
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Washington Black

A novel

By Esi Edugyan
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

Washington Black

“From sweltering Barbados to London streets, Arctic ice to Moroccan heat, skies above to depths below, fear to love and back again, again, again. Esi Edugyan’s epic new historical novel follows the young Washington Black from the unrelenting brutality of slavery to the edges of the world as he searches for freedom, finding the complexities of the world, of the heart, and of humanity. A journey that vividly lingers long after turning the last page.”

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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...

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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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Spinning Silver

A Novel

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

Spinning Silver

“When Miryem takes over the family money-lender business from her unsuccessful father, her family's fortune finally starts looking up. However, her reputation for turning silver to gold catches the notice of the feared Staryk (magical ice-beings) who come to test her claim. Meanwhile, a duke plots to marry his daughter to Tsar Mirnatius, who is trapped by a deadly secret. When the girls cross paths, chaos ensues and no one is what they appear. Every moment is action packed and engrossing. Novak does so well weaving the multiple story lines into the novel and showing how a first impression is not always accurate.”

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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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