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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 Decameron Project

29 New Stories from the Pandemic

By The New York Times
Narrated by: Alex Allwine, Dennis Boutsikaris, Edwidge Danticat, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Kevin R. Free, Deepti Gupta, Lameece Issaq, Rachel Kushner, Rebecca Lowman, Robin Miles, David Mitchell, Tommy Orange & Uzodinma Iweala
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

The Decameron Project

“A collection of stories anthologized by the editors of The New York Times, The Decameron Project offers diverse responses to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic by 29 of the most-respected authors of today. Some stories focus directly on the pandemic while others offer situations of isolation, angst, fear, fantasy. It is a gathering of a moment in time, much as a covid-19 test offers a snapshot of a moment in time, hovering and weighty, between panic and calm, between the past and an uncertain future, a fragile balance. This anthology feels important. Taken alone, each story is well-written, as one would expect, and each is quite unique and generally compelling. The stories are read by a large, excellent cast, some by the authors themselves. Taken together, the stories are commentary of a sort, art in response to a monolithic event, a historical document. But for the listener, maybe most importantly, these stories are engaging and entertaining.”

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Jane in Love

A Novel

By Rachel Givney
Narrated by: Billie Fulford Brown
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes

A charming, romantic debut novel in which Jane Austen, heralded author, ends up time-traveling almost 200 years in the future. There she finds the love she's written about and the destiny she's dreamed of...but is it worth her legacy?

Bath, England, 1803. At 28, Jane Austen prefers walking and reading to balls and assemblies; she dreams of... Read more »

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We Are Not Free

By Traci Chee
Narrated by: Scott Keiji Takeda, Dan Woren, Ali Fumiko, Andrew Kishino, Brittany Ishibashi, Christopher Naoki Lee, Erika Aishii, Grace Rolek, Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa, Ryan Potter, Sophie Oda, Terry Kitagawa & Multiple Narrators
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

* NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * PRINTZ HONOR BOOK * WALTER HONOR BOOK * From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World... Read more »

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Light for the World to See

A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

By Kwame Alexander
Length: 13 minutes

From NPR correspondent and New York Times bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, comes a powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events.   A book in the tradition of James Baldwin’s “A Report from Occupied Territory,”  Light for the World... Read more »

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A Promised Land

By Barack Obama
Narrated by: Barack Obama
Length: 29 hours 9 minutes

A Promised Land

“No one really needs my blurb to help sell this book, but I wanted to give it anyway, especially for the audiobook, narrated by Barack Obama himself. If you want to know his incredible knowledge and wisdom that guided him through major decisions, and also hear him drop a few F-bombs, you need to listen to this fantastically written book. ”

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Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey
Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over one million copies sold! From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction
 
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the... Read more »

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The Constant Rabbit

A Novel

By Jasper Fforde
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

"Reads like a crazed cross between Watership Down and Nineteen Eighty-Four."
--The Guardian

"Every book of Fforde's seems to be a cause for celebration."
-- Charles Yu, The New York Times Book Review on Early Riser

A new stand-alone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Early Riser and the Thursday Next series


England, 2022.

There are... Read more »

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Murder in Old Bombay

A Mystery

By Nev March
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 16 hours 1 minutes

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.

In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier,... Read more »

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The Brave

By James Bird
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Collin can't help himself?he has a unique condition that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It's a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father. When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother... Read more »

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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Jacqueline Winspear
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

“As a fan of her Maisie Dobbs novels, I couldn’t wait to learn more about Jacqueline Winspear herself. This memoir takes the reader through the early and adolescent years of the author’s life as well as the history of her parents. Winspear’s memoir of an English country childhood is also a love letter to her parents, whose choices and outlook shaped her life. She paints a vivid picture of postwar England, and her story is engaging, vivid, and hopeful.”

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Perestroika in Paris

By Jane Smiley
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

A joyful, captivating story of three extraordinary animals and a young boy Paras, short for "Perestroika," is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and--she's a curious filly--wanders all the way to the City of Light. She's dazzled and often mystified by the sights,... Read more »

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The Gift of the Magpie

A Meg Langslow Mystery
Meg Langslow Mysteries: Book #28

By Donna Andrews
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

** An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production. **

New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" (Toronto Globe and Mail).


The 28th audiobook and the seventh Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series, The Gift of the... Read more »

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Oak Flat

A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

By Lauren Redniss
Narrated by: Lauren Redniss, Darrell Dennis, Kyla Garcia, Kimberly Guerrero, Hillary Huber, Ann Marie Lee, Elizabeth Liang, Crystle Lightning, Jon Lindstrom, A. Martinez, John H. Mayer, Arthur Morey, Tanis Parenteau & Various
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

Oak Flat

Oak Flat is simultaneously an object of mesmerizing beauty and an urgent book of complete necessity. Lauren Redniss tells the tale of the struggle to preserve a site sacred to the Apache people from a copper mining project that would destroy it. Her vibrant illustrations and careful curation of competing voices convey the high stakes while honoring the dignity of the people on both sides, and the dignity of the natural world. This book is an astonishing achievement.”

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A Time for Mercy

A Jack Brigance Novel
Jake Brigance: Book #3

By John Grisham
Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 19 hours 58 minutes

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."
  
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid... Read more »

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Apple

(Skin to the Core)

By Eric Gansworth
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

Apple

“I had never heard the slang term “Apple” before reading this book. In this powerful YA memoir Eric Gansworth tells the story of his family, Onondaga living among Tuscaroras, he tells what it means to be “red on the outside, white on the inside.” To say that this book made me think is most definitely an understatement, it continues to make me think, it continues to make me look in the mirror.”

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Is this Anything?

By Jerry Seinfeld
Narrated by: Jerry Seinfeld
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Is this Anything?

“My husband and I have had the pleasure of seeing Jerry Seinfeld live on two occasions. Obviously, we are big fans. When I learned that Seinfeld was releasing his book at the same time as a cross-country road trip that we had planned, I was ecstatic. Jerry did not let us down. The miles flew by quickly as we laughed our way through Connecticut. I highly recommend this book - especially if you are planning a road trip during the holidays.”

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Death and the Maiden

Mistress of the Art of Death

By Samantha Norman & Ariana Franklin
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

“Medieval-mystery writing at its best.”—New York Daily News

At long last, the much-anticipated final installment in Ariana Franklin’s popular Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery series, set in Norman England.

England. 1191. After the death of her friend and patron, King Henry II, Adelia Aguilar, England’s vaunted Mistress of the Art of... Read more »

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The Ministry for the Future

A Novel

By Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: Jennifer Fitzgerald, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Ramon de Ocampo, Gary Bennett, Raphael Corkhill, Barrie Kreinik, Natasha Soudek, Nikki Massoud, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Inés del Castillo & Vikas Adam
Length: 20 hours 40 minutes

From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades. 

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020

"If I could get policymakers, and citizens, everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future." —Ezra Klein

The... Read more »

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The Cold Millions

A Novel

By Jess Walter
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Gary Farmer, Marin Ireland, Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Mike Ortego, Rex Anderson, Charlie Thurston & Frankie Corzo
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

The Cold Millions

“The gorgeous writing, vivid setting, compelling characters, and engrossing story aren’t even the best parts of this novel. Instead, I just keep marveling at how Jess Walter takes events from history to illuminate our present while keeping them rooted in their own time, from the labor movement to class, race, and gender equality and civil rights issues, to protests and freedom of speech. The northwest in 1909 has never been so relevant. Beautiful Ruins was a hard act to follow but, amazingly, Walter manages it with aplomb.”

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Murder Comes to Call

Beryl and Edwina Mysteries: Book #4

By Jessica Ellicott
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

The lean years following World War I can lead to desperate acts--even in the quiet English village of Walmsley Parva. When a series of burglaries seems to culminate in murder, brash American Beryl Helliwell and proper, buttoned up Brit Edwina Davenport (and her dog, Crumpet) are eager to solve the case in Jessica Ellicott's fourth Beryl and... Read more »

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