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Audio for Adults
In this trip back in time, a high-school teacher is shown a portal to 1958 and given the task of stopping the assassination of JFK. Wasson’s sympathetic voicing of King’s quirky, charming characters draws listeners into this carefully plotted tale filled with twists and turns.
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America
In friendly, comfortable tones, Obama reads the bulk of this title, in which she talks about the White House “learning garden” and her motivation for creating the White House kitchen garden. The down-to-earth mood is enhanced with short segments read by the garden beekeeper and others.
The Art of Fielding
Employing tones of bemusement leavened with wry detachment, Graham delivers both humor and angst in his reading of this compelling first novel, set at a small Wisconsin college
The Beautiful Mystery
Plainchants and an isolated monastery frame this eighth Inspector Gamache mystery. Penny’s gorgeous prose sings, thanks to Cosham’s masterful, hypnotic reading in accents appropriate to the French Canadian setting.
The Book of Jonas
Vance masterfully reads this impressive tale of war, loss, and redemption that begins with 15-year-old Jonas coming to the U.S. from an unnamed Muslim country following an attack that wiped out his village.
The Casual Vacancy
Rowling’s first foray into adult fiction, set in a picturesque British village where Barry Fairbrother’s unexpected death causes a casual vacancy on the village council, is read in various British dialects by Hollander, who does a bang-up job with all of the characters.
Lady of the Rivers
Amato’s husky, mesmerizing British-laced reading draws listeners into this heartfelt, richly detailed novel chronicling the life and influence of Jaquetta Woodville, mother and grandmother of English queens.
Miles: The Autobiography.
In gravelly tones, Graham channels legendary jazz trumpeter Davis, enriching this profane, humorous, and insightful memoir.
Prebble’s pitch-perfect British-accented reading authentically fits Hitchens’ recollections of his “year of living dyingly” as he watches his body surrender to cancer and shares his hard-won wisdom.
NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights
NPR reporter Norris’ soothing voice bridges 26 NPR interviews (with Rosa Parks and others), stories, and accounts in this riveting collection of defining moments of the civil rights movement.