In a gravelly yet gleeful voice, Weyman narrates this swashbuckling genre-blend of spies, gangsters, and a doomsday machine. The lavish and imaginative story of Joe Spork, a clockmaker out of his depth as he attempts to save the world, is brilliantly realized through Weyman’s attention to inflection, characterization and pacing.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Narrated by Simon Prebble. Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America.
One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Narrated by Emily Gray. Recorded Books.
To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis. Narrated by Steven Crossley. Recorded Books.
Bring Up the Bodies
In this grim and gripping tale, masterfully told, Vance brings Tudor England to life. Beautifully accented and paced, his pitch-perfect narration deftly navigates the large and diverse cast and the intricate plot machinations to create a stunning glimpse into a dangerous time when Henry VIII ruled and Thomas Cromwell served as his “fixer.”
Elizabeth I by Margaret George. Narrated by Kate Reading. Books on Tape.
Matthew Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom. Narrated by Steven Crossley. Recorded Books.
Watergate by Thomas Mallon. Narrated by Joe Barrett. Blackstone Audio.
The Chalk Girl
The discovery of a blood-covered little girl wandering in Central Park draws police detective Kathleen Mallory into an investigation involving long hidden secrets of New York’s elite. Rosenblat’s warmly expressive voice embodies each character effortlessly while adroitly managing the pace of Mallory’s gritty and harrowing tenth case.
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box. Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd. Macmillan Audio.
Breakdown by Sara Paretsky. Narrated by Susan Ericksen. Brilliance Audio.
The Drop by Michael Connelly. Narrated by Len Cariou. Recorded Books.
The Death of Sweet Mister
Welcome to the world of Shug Akins, a thirteen-year-old loner coming of age in the Ozarks. Tecosky skillfully demonstrates that the vernacular of this country noir novel is at its lyrical best when spoken aloud. In a youthful detached voice, he authentically captures the violence, poverty, and heartbreaking bleakness of Shug’s life.
The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty. Narrated by Gerard Doyle. Blackstone Audio.
Finn by Jon Clinch. Narrated by Ed Sala. Recorded Books.br/>“We the Animals” by Justin Torres. Narrated by Frankie J. Alvarez. Blackstone.
The Garden Intrigue
In this lively ninth Pink Carnation romp, Eloise and Colin are beset by a film crew, while in the 19th century, agent Augustus Whittlesby, infamously bad poet, investigates rumors of Napoleon’s plotting and encounters love. Reading’s companionable, husky voice reveals all the humor in the rich banter and bad verse, as well as the passion.
Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillip. Narrated by Anna Fields. Books on Tape.
The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne. Narrated by Kirsten Potter. Penguin Audio.
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn. Narrated by Rosalyn Landor. Books on Tape.
This magnificent dual narration illuminates a poignant story of the isolation, family relationships, and new beginnings of two lost souls on a collision course. Szarabajka’s richly sonorous voice captures morbidly obese Arthur’s physical and emotional weight while Heyborne’s quietly expressive voice exposes the desperation of the teenaged Kel.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Narrated by Holter Graham. AudioGO.
Room by Emma Donoghue. Narrated by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and Robert Petkoff. Hachette Audio.
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. Narrated by Scott Shina. Recorded Books.
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
In a refined, resonant, and delightfully self-aware voice, Jacobi re-creates the world of Sherlock Holmes. His pacing is lovely – leisurely, inviting, and seductive – while his accents are grand and fit the characters perfectly. In this authorized addition to the canon, Holmes investigates a conspiracy linking criminals to the highest levels of government.
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry. Narrated by Davina Porter. Recorded Books.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Narrated by Simon Prebble. Tantor Audio.
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd. Narrated by Samuel Gillies. Recorded Books.
Fliakos’ unflinching depiction of Geiger, an expert in the art of “information retrieval” (aka torture), intensifies this absorbing and disturbing thriller. He sets the mood from the opening line, offering a tormented, affectless but surprisingly sympathetic hero. His skill in creating tone, character and pace enhances the haunting quality of Geiger’s world.
13 Steps Down by Ruth Rendell. Narrated by Ric Jerrom. BBC Audiobooks America.
The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters. Narrated by Simon Vance. Tantor Audio.
The Cloud of Unknowing by Thomas H. Cook. Narrated by Stephen Hoye. Tantor Audio.
Cumming makes “The Scottish Play” an electric event, allowing modern audiences a chance to experience it with the same excitement, horror and wonder Shakespeare’s contemporary audiences surely felt. From stage directions delivered in furtive whispers to the cackle of the witches and the grim resolution of Lady Macbeth, Cumming astounds.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Narrated by Jim Dale. Listening Library.
King Lear by William Shakespeare. Narrated by a Full Cast. Naxos Audiobooks.
The Odyssey by Homer. Narrated by Stanley Lombardo and Susan Sarandon. Parmenides Audio.
Miles: The Autobiography
With his raspy, whispery voice Dion Graham inhabits musical genius Miles Davis in this tell-all autobiography that flows like a jazz riff. While setting the record straight about Davis’s career, lovers, addiction and racial issues, Graham channels Davis’s voice and cadence so completely that listeners will believe they’re hearing the master himself.
Life by Keith Richards. Narrated by Keith Richards, Johnny Depp, and Joe Hurley. Hachette Audio.
Life Itself by Roger Ebert. Narrated by Edward Herrmann. Hachette Audio; AudiGO.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon. Narrated by Clarke Peters. Harper Audio; Recorded Books.