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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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Pretty Things

A Novel
By Janelle Brown
Narrated by Julia Whelan, Lauren Fortgang & Hillary Huber /  16 hours 6 minutes

Pretty Things

“Nina is a grifter. She was trained by the best - her mother. Nina meets handsome Lachlan, another con artist, through her mother. Nina and Lachlan become a con artist dream team. Nina gives most of her swindled money to her Mother for cancer treatment. Their "mark" is Vanessa, a very popular beauty and fashion Instagrammer. Vanessa also happens to be an heiress and lives in a mansion with a guest house on the property. Unbeknownst to Vanessa, Nina has a history with her family. Nina and Lachlan ease themselves into Vanessa's life by renting the guest cottage. The three become quite friendly and Vanessa radiates in the attention that Nina and Lachlan bestow upon her. It is at this point, that the story takes off with breakneck speed. Fasten your seatbelt, because there are twists and turns aplenty. This book kept me guessing until the bitter end. The narration was done by two pros who did a top-notch job. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this book is for you.”

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Pizza Girl

A Novel
By Jean Kyoung Frazier
Narrated by Jeena Yi /  5 hours 33 minutes

Pizza Girl

“Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl breathes honesty into narratives surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, and faces the desperate ambivalence that often accompanies these experiences but is left unspoken. We explore this through characters who cling to one another in an attempt to escape the disappointment and stresses of their own personal lives. Pizza Girl presents us with an important sentiment: You cannot outrun the fact that the people who created you will always be a part of you to some degree or another. But you can work to grasp the ways in which you manifest that into who you are as an individual.”

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Beach Read

By Emily Henry
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  10 hours 12 minutes

Beach Read

“This title says it all - Beach Read is the perfect romantic beach read book and not just because of the romance. Emily Henry has given us complex characters in a solid story line while keeping the sexual tension at a perfect, steamy temperature. Beach Read IS the perfect beach read; but it is also the perfect vacation read, staycation read, quarantine read, and escape read. Queue it up, pop in your ear buds, and the hours will disappear.”

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They Went Left

By Monica Hesse
Narrated by Caitlin Davies /  9 hours 6 minutes

They Went Left

“"Abek to Zofia, A to Z." This is what the sibling protagonists of this novel always said to each other as they were growing up. After months in the hospital after the concentration camps were liberated, Zofia, a Polish Jew, is desperate to find her little brother. Her memory is spotty as to what happened to each family member. When she finds him at a repatriation camp, she is overjoyed. She is also intrigued by a fellow camp member. As life goes on, she is forced to figure out how to create a new one with little to nothing left from her previous one. Excellent historical fiction.”

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The Book of Koli

The Rampart Trilogy: Book #1
By M. R. Carey
Narrated by Theo Solomon /  14 hours 13 minutes

"A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable" (Kirkus), The Book of Koli is the unforgettable story of a young boy struggling to find his place in a world where nature itself has turned against humanity.
Everything that lives hates us...
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an... Read more »

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Vial Things

Resurrectionists
By Leah Clifford
Narrated by Aaron Landon /  9 hours 1 minute

When the resurrectionists of Fissure's Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives, and even bring back the recently deceased. Raised by her aunt after her parents' deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means... Read more »

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Marshmallow Malice

Amish Candy Shop Mystery: Book #5
By Amanda Flower
Narrated by Rebecca Mitchell /  8 hours 27 minutes

Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds... Read more »

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Braised Pork

By An Yu
Narrated by Vera Chok /  5 hours 15 minutes

Braised Pork

“An astonishing look at a new widow’s attempt to make sense of her husband’s death and her newfound independence, through which she rediscovers her love of painting, forms new and profound bonds, rekindles previously dormant familial relationships, and ultimately finds peace in uncertainty. Set in Beijing and Tibet, Braised Pork is a poetic reflection on life and all of its meandering, unpredictable messiness.”

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The Goodbye Man

A Colter Shaw Novel: Book #2
By Jeffery Deaver
Narrated by Kaleo Griffith /  11 hours 27 minutes

In this twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, reward-seeker Colter Shaw infiltrates a sinister cult after learning that the only way to get somebody out . . . is to go in.

In the wilderness of Washington State, expert tracker Colter Shaw has located two young men accused of a terrible hate crime. But when his... Read more »

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Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte /  5 hours 32 minutes

Clap When You Land

“Its category as a young adult novel shouldn't keep grownups from listening to "Clap When You Land." The parallel first-person stories of two teenage girls who lose their fathers in the same plane crash from NY to the Dominican Republic -- and the revelation that their fathers were the same man, who had led a double life -- is tender and wise. Elizabeth Acevedo's poetic prose, and her narration, convey the grief and love of the families. Camino and Yahaira will live in your heart forever.”

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Little Family

A Novel
By Ishmael Beah
Narrated by Dion Graham /  7 hours 54 minutes

Little Family

“The legacy of colonialism is ugly, and Ishmael Beah’s Little Family offers a glimpse into some aspects of that legacy. The novel is the story of a group of teens and younger children living homeless, banded together into a family through lack of any other, trying to find their way in an unnamed post-colonial African nation. We catch glimpses into the past lives of the two oldest members of this family, Elimane and Khoudiemata, but the others’ pasts remain more mysterious. In sharp contrast to this little family are the “beautiful people” – the wealthy and powerful. Khoudi, entering into womanhood, is noticed by one of these wealthy people and is taken into their circle, able to seem like one of them thanks to the money earned through Elimani’s recent “hiring” by the shady character William Handkerchief. Both these connections outside the family set in motion a series of events that will alter everything. Power, corruption, inequality, passion, longing, and love affect every aspect of this moving story.”

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More Myself

A Journey
By Alicia Keys
Narrated by Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, Terri Augelo, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey /  9 hours 55 minutes

**An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production**

This program is read by Alicia Keys, with special guest appearances by family and friends, including Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, and Michelle Obama.

An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression


As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia... Read more »

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The Book of V.

A Novel
By Anna Solomon
Narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Eva Kaminsky & Gabra Zackman /  9 hours 8 minutes

The Book of V.

“Astounding! In the talented hands of Anna Solomon, the lives of three women in different eras come to life with equal vibrancy. A compelling look at the roles of women through time (ancient Persia, 1970s D.C., and Brooklyn in 2016), as well as what it means to have and use power and to feel safe in a relationship. So much material here for discussion. I cannot wait to put this into the hands of our readers!”

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Strange Hotel

A Novel
By Eimear McBride
Narrated by Eimear McBride /  3 hours 50 minutes

Strange Hotel

“It is not a typical summer, pool-side novel; but this is no typical summer. For anyone who has found in quarantine an occasion to move inward, reflect, and stir, this novel might be a welcomed companion. The insistent interiority of the narrator is simultaneously evasive, mournful, self-interrogating and playful: a tone that Eimear McBride captures stunningly in voicing her audiobook. Don't be fooled: the shortness of this read belies its lingering end.”

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Shadowplay

By Joseph O'Connor
Narrated by Anna Chancellor /  11 hours 40 minutes

When Henry Irving decides to open the Lyceum, his own London theater, with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Abraham Stoker as his assistant. Together, Irving and Stoker fall under the spell of Ellen Terry, a dazzlingly talented Shakespearean actress,... Read more »

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When Time Stopped

A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
By Ariana Neumann
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman /  10 hours 6 minutes

When Time Stopped

“This book is beautiful, intimate, breathtaking, and heartbreaking. It reads like a novel and yet gives a better sense of what was happening to Jewish families during the Holocaust than any history book I’ve read. I feel so invested in the Neumann family and their friends, as if I know them personally. More than anything, my takeaway from this book is the love and hope that was so clearly poured into it.”

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Death in Mud Lick

A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic
By Eric Eyre
Narrated by Michael David Axtell /  8 hours 7 minutes

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize in the investigative reporting category, an urgent, riveting, and heartbreaking investigation into the corporate greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns, decimating communities.

Death in Mud Lick is the story of a pharmacy in... Read more »

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If It Bleeds

By Stephen King
Narrated by Will Patton, Danny Burstein & Steven Weber /  15 hours 12 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places.

The novella is a form King has... Read more »

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Afterlife

English Edition
By Julia Alvarez
Narrated by Alma Cuervo /  6 hours 26 minutes

The author of In the Time of the Butterflies, with more than one million copies in print, is back with a tour de force. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then... Read more »

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Apeirogon: A Novel

A Novel
By Colum McCann
Narrated by Colum McCann /  15 hours 19 minutes

Apeirogon: A Novel

“This is a towering, breathtaking, sweeping work of poetic and technical brilliance. Although much of Apeirogon resides in the current and past state of Israeli-Palestinian relations, the novel demonstrates how each person, each story, in this ultimately small section of the world represents but one point of an infinitely sided shape — how between all of us, even those locked in seemingly irreconcilable conflict, there pulses a vital connectivity, a path to understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.”

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