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2022 AudioFile Earphone Awards

2022 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 Cartographers

A Novel

By Peng Shepherd
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Nancy Wu, Karen Chilton, Ron Butler, Neil Hellegers, Jason Culp & Brittany Pressley
Length: 14 hours 41 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret—one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history. 

What is the purpose of a map? 

Nell...

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All My Rage

A Novel

By Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan & Kausar Mohammed
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

All My Rage

“Amazing and intense! Not light subject matter (note the long trigger warning) but such a rewarding read because of its depiction of the immigrant experience, Pakistani culture, and a willingness to tackle tough issues. Friendships and characters are heartwarming. AMR never loses its sense of optimism even when dealing with tragedy.”

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A Sunlit Weapon

A Novel
Maisie Dobbs: Book #17

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

In the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

 October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire—the fastest fighter aircraft in...

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I'm So (Not) Over You

By Kosoko Jackson
Narrated by: Timothy Bell Reese
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

"Shine[s] with a beautiful, blooming sense of wonder.”—New York Times Book Review

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I Was Better Last Night

A Memoir

By Harvey Fierstein
Narrated by: Harvey Fierstein
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career

Harvey Fierstein’s legendary career has transported him... Read more »

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Manifesto

On Never Giving Up

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Bernardine Evaristo
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling and Booker Prize–winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British...

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Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Stories

By Gish Jen
Narrated by: Justin Chien, Catherine Ho, Annie Q & Eunice Wong
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

The acclaimed, award-winning author of The Resisters takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. It is a unique book that only Jen could write—a story collection accruing the power of a novel as it proceeds—a work that Cynthia Ozick has called “an art beyond art. It is... Read more »

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Moon Witch, Spider King

The Dark Star Trilogy: Book #2

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 30 hours 46 minutes

“Masterfully flips the first installment on its head... James makes the mythic tantalizingly real.’” —Esquire
 
"Even more brilliant than the first.” —Buzzfeed

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

 
From Marlon James, author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the second book in the Dark Star trilogy.

In Black... Read more »

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Rhyme's Rooms

The Architecture of Poetry

By Brad Leithauser
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

From the widely acclaimed poet, novelist, critic, and scholar, a lucid and edifying exploration of the building blocks of poetry and how they've been used over the centuries to assemble the most imperishable poems • “Anyone wanting to learn how to remodel, restore, or build a poem from the foundation up, will find this room-by-room guide on the... Read more »

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City of Incurable Women

By Maud Casey
Narrated by: Hope Newhouse
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes

In a fusion of fact and fiction, nineteenth-century women institutionalized as hysterics reveal what history ignored

City of Incurable Women is a brilliant exploration of the type of female bodily and psychic pain once commonly diagnosed as hysteria—and the curiously hysterical response to it commonly exhibited by medical men. It is a novel of...

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The Maid

A Novel

By Nita Prose
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
 
“The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives... Read more »

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The Books of Jacob

A Novel

By Olga Tokarczuk
Narrated by: Allen Lewis Rickman & Gilli Messer
Length: 35 hours 37 minutes

“Just as awe-inspiring as the Nobel judges claimed.” – The Washington Post

“Olga Tokarczuk is one of our greatest living fiction writers. . . This could well be a decade-defining book akin to Bolaño’s 2666.” –AV Club

“Sophisticated and ribald and brimming with folk wit. . . The comedy in this novel blends, as it does in life, with genuine... Read more »

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The High House

A Novel

By Jessie Greengrass
Narrated by: Camilla Rockley, Sam Newton & Mariam Abu-Hejleh
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Novel Award

In this powerful, highly anticipated novel from an award-winning author, four people attempt to make a home in the midst of environmental disaster.

Perched on a sloping hill, set away from a small town by the sea, the High House has a tide pool and a mill, a vegetable garden, and, most importantly, a... Read more »

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The Last Slave Ship

The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning

By Ben Raines
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains.

Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the Clotilda became the... Read more »

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The Fifties

An Underground History

By James R. Gaines
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

A bold and original argument that upends the myth of the Fifties as a decade of conformity to celebrate the solitary, brave, and stubborn individuals who pioneered the radical gay rights, feminist, civil rights, and environmental movements, from historian James R. Gaines.

In a fascinating and beautifully written series of character portraits, The... Read more »

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Emotional

How Feelings Shape Our Thinking

By Leonard Mlodinow
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

We’ve all been told that thinking rationally is the key to success. But at the cutting edge of science, researchers are discovering that feeling is every bit as important as thinking.

You make hundreds of decisions every day, from what to eat for breakfast to how you should invest, and not one of those decisions would be possible without emotion.... Read more »

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Let's Get Physical

How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

By Danielle Friedman
Narrated by: Danielle Friedman
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

A captivating blend of reportage and personal narrative that explores the untold history of women’s exercise culture--from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda--and how women have parlayed physical strength into other forms of power.

For American women today, working out is as accepted as it is expected, fueling a multibillion-dollar fitness... Read more »

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Black Cloud Rising

By David Wright Falade
Narrated by: James Shippy
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

By fall of 1863, Union forces had taken control of Tidewater Virginia and established a toehold in eastern North Carolina, including along the Outer Banks. Thousands of freed slaves and runaways flooded the Union lines, but Confederate irregulars still roamed the region. In December, the newly formed African Brigade, a unit of these former... Read more »

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Brown Girls

A Novel

By Daphne Palasi Andreades
Narrated by: Tashi Thomas
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

If you enjoyed Red at the Bone, then you’ll love Brown Girls.

“What an absolutely gorgeous debut. The audiobook, narrated by Tashi Thomas, was more of a breathtaking performance than a mere narration. I highly recommend listening to this book and getting swept up in the life Thomas gives it. This book follows a female friend group from Queens over the course of their lives, taking us through the different paths they travel and the common experiences shared. Told in first person plural and present tense, Palasi Andreades brings an urgency to their story, a universality to their experience. By having a whole group of girls as the protagonist, we the readers are able to meander through multiple lives, always feeling allied with each."”

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A History of Wild Places

A Novel

By Shea Ernshaw
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan, Cassandra Campbell, Gibson Frazier, Cindy Kay & Pete Simonelli
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

In this “riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author), three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Often hired by families as a last resort,... Read more »

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