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I'm one of those people that no matter how many books I have, I can't turn down a sale or a trip to the bookstore. There are no limits to what I'll read and I hope you enjoy my reviews.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (19 Feb 2018)

It’s Monday – What are you reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

It’s been a while since I did a “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” Post – I blame it in part to a reading funk, being uber busy at work (and that doesn’t appear as if that is going to change any time soon). But since i’m sitting at home today on a long weekend and catching up on some TV viewing (normally I would be watching the Olympics, but i’m not a huge fan of Ice Hockey) – I felt like it was a good time to do a post. The weather in DC has been fluctuating been freezing cold (with accompanying snow or rain) and low to mid-70’s (its very confused for sure). My poor heater is currently flipping between on and off, wayyy to frequently and my heating bill isn’t appreciating it!

I’ve actually been on a pretty decent blogging roll recently as I have been busy posting my various Audies blogposts. For those of you who aren’t audiobook fans, the Audies are like the Oscars of Audiobooks – where the best of the best narrators are judged against each other to determine the winner. This is the 4th year that I have been participating in the Armchair Audies and this year, I’m psyched to say, that I am going to be co-hosting with Miss Susie from Miss Susies Reading & Observations. If you like listening to audiobooks and want to join in – check out the blog at Armchair Audies. I’ve signed myself up for 3 categories – Romance, Paranormal and Thriller/Suspense – so will be neck deep in those over the next few months (the award ceremony is scheduled for the end of May). Being that I have 16 books to listen to over the next three months (several of which are in the 20+hr range) – I’m currently neck deep in two different nominees – both in the Paranormal category. Silver Silence is a re-listen after I read it in print when it was released last year and Finding My Pack (Lane Whitt) is a new to me author and narrators. Both books run in the 10+hr range, so they should take up most of my listening for the next week and a bit.

My current/upcoming reading choices are as eclectic as always – sometimes I think my ability to jump between different genres is what keeps me partly sane. As example, the top 3 books on my pile right now are a WW2 alternate history, a women’s lit and a criminal suspense/thriller. I’m also looking forward to Rosalind James’ new book that was just released (Just Say (Hell) No, as well as Laura Kaye’s newest Blasphemy book (On His Knees. I’m sure a few other books will move their way up the pile over the next week, but these are the ones I am most looking forward to. I should also finish up I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios as well as read my ARC of Hello Stranger, the newest by Lisa Kleypas.

What about you – what are you reading or looking forward to reading this week?

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

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First Line Fridays – 16 February 2018

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

It’s Valentine Day’s week for First Line Friday’s this week! I’m an avid romance reader, so this week it was more about deciding which of the various romances I have on the pile was going to be featured – so in true Dee fashion – I closed my eyes and did an enny-meanie-minie-mo to select and the winner was….

Maggie Sullivan sought refuge in the stairwell between the sixth and sevenths floors at the far west end of the hospital, the steps least traveled in interns and residents racing from floor to floor, from emergency to emergency.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays

 

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2018 Audies – Thriller/Suspense Nominees


This is my first year of listening to the nominees in the Thriller/Suspense category – i think mostly because I have been in that kind of mood lately. I’ve had fun discovering new mystery/suspense authors over the past year and hopefully this category will add some more authors to be to be read/listened pile.

The nominees in the Thriller/Suspense category are:
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, published by Macmillan Audio
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber, published by Brilliance Publishing
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer, published by Hachette Audio
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander, published by Penguin Audio
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick, published by HarperAudio

Initial Thoughts on the Nominees:
☼ I’ve had a print copy of the Breakdown sitting in my living room for close to a year now, since it was released but not sure why I’ve not picked it up because it definitely falls into the type of thrillers I seem to enjoy – maybe it was because I knew it would be nominated for an award down the road and I would get a chance to listen to it (lol…not really, but it seems like good logic to me). Georgia Maguire is a new to me narrator (and she has a relatively small backlist of books) so fingers crossed.

☼ I’m probably one of the few people who have never read a Harlan Coben book previously and from reading some of the reviews on Audible, hopefully I’m not setting myself up for a disappointing listen (several of them recommend starting with the different Coben book or being prepared to devote more than 1 listen to this book). I also could have sworn that I had previously listened to Steven Weber narrate a book, but looking through my archives, I can’t find anything…hmmm must be going slightly crazy 😉

☼ The Chemist is probably the one book in this category that I am dreading because its Stephanie Meyer and my disdain of the Twilight series is pretty well known (I made it less than 30 pages into the first book before it, literally, went flying across the room). Added to that, several of my goodreads friends either gave it low stars or marked it as did not finish and I’ve become even more leery. However, I’ve listened to several narrations by Ellen Archer previously and hopefully she can save me from a regrettable experience.

☼ The opening description of the Fourth Monkey on Audible describes it as Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs, so I was immediately intrigued – Se7en gave me the serious heebie-jeebies at times and yet, its a movie I’ve watched several times. I’m also in the mood for a good serial killer novel so hopefully this will provide. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I have never listened to anything narrated by Edoardo Ballerini before, even though folks in the various audiobook groups i’m in rave about him; but I have listened to something narrated by Graham Winton before (a romance novel) and I vaguely remember enjoying his style (but apparently I didn’t write a review for that book).

☼ You pretty much can’t have a thriller/suspense category without a John Le Carre book – this is advertised as being book 9 in a series that I haven’t really listened to any of the previous ones – so hopefully it can stand on its own decently well…Of all the narrators i’m listening to this year with the Armchair Audies, Tom Hollander has the shortest backlist on Audible thus far (only 7 books listed), so its not surprising that I haven’t listened to anything by him before.

☼ Mississippi Blood is by far the most daunting book of any in this category (or overall) at 28+ hours of narration (and to make it even more daunting when asking about this trilogy on Goodreads, it was highly recommended that I read the first two before getting to this one – each one running 800+ pgs). I have no doubt this will probably be the last book that I listen to for the Audies this year, so I have time to get through the other 2 books in the trilogy first. Scott Brick is one of those narrators who is either a love or hate – thankfully for me, i tend to fall more into the love category than the hate – although I have had limited experience listening to him (but I did manage to survive 48ish hours of Chernow’s Washington: a Life).

My Prediction:
Going by pure guessing since I’ve had limited to no experience with all but one narrator in this category – my pick for the winner in the suspense/thriller category is:
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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2018 Audies – Paranormal Nominees

The paranormal category for the Audies is one that I have listened to on and off over the years – there have been several years where it has been heavier on the paranormal romance/urban fantasy side of the house where I have jumped on the chance to listen and others where it has been weirder stuff that I haven’t been as interested in. This year the nominees were definitely more on the paranormal romance/urban fantasy side of the house, so it was a no-brainer to pick it as a category.

The Nominees for the Paranormal category are:
Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King, published by Macmillan Audio
Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale, published by Blackstone Publishing
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Initial Thoughts on the Nominees:
☼ This will be the third book by Faith Hunter that I have listened to over the last year, to include the first book in this series which was nominated for an Audie in the same category last year and she is rapidly moving her way up my autobuy pile. Without a doubt, Khristine Hvam is a favorite narrator of mine and has narrated many of my 5 star listens.

☼ Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series is one of those that has grown progressively weaker as the series has continued (normally its the reverse). I find Charley to be annoying and hasn’t really grown as the series has progressed – but thankfully, Lorelei King’s narration has been a saving grave over the last few books as I started listening and not reading them.

☼ Lane Whitt is another new to me author that I will get to experience during this iteration of the Armchair Audies. Although Goodreads reviews of this seem to be fairly hit or miss among my friends, it does have a fairly high rating overall; but it is written in first person (according to several reviews) which I’m not a huge fan of. Both Aletha George and Cooper North are new to me narrators – so i’m intrigued to see how they do.

☼ The Night of the Living Dead anthology might be the entry in this category that I am most intrigued about – I’ve found most Zombie books to be intriguing on how they each approach the outbreak – but this anthology goes back to the founding of the genre. With multiple authors and narrators – It’s hard-pressed for me to decide what i’m most looking forward to with this entry.

☼ Last but not least is the most recent addition to Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series – when compared to the Charley Davidson series which I’ve found to get weaker over each book, the Psy-Changling series continues to grow and evolve and bring more depth and intricacy into the story-telling. This is a re-read for me (or is it re-listen…) – I’m not a huge re-reader in general, but typically, I’ve found listening after reading has just opened my horizons even more. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by Angela Dawe in the past – I find her a solid narrator but she isn’t a favorite of mine.

My Prediction:
My prediction for the winner in this category last year was the Faith Hunter book and while it didn’t win, I was excited to see the next book nominated this year. So my initial prediction is:
Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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2018 Audies – Romance Nominees

When I left work the day of the Audies Nominations being announced, I was excited to see that for the first time in a couple of years, the Romance Nominees were mostly what I would term to be traditional romances (i.e. boy mets girl, boy falls in love with girl and they live happily ever after). Over the last few years, I’ve been disappointed seeing books by authors like Nicholas Sparks nominated or something like The Bridges of Madison County which won a few years ago. As an avowed romance reader, seeing non-romances being nominated and then winning hurts my soul. But alas, I’ll step off my soapbox and talk about the nominees for this year!

Without further ado, the 2018 Audies Nominees for Romance are:
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books
Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden, published by J. Bengtsson
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, published by Brilliance Publishing
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, narrated by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio
The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, published by Brilliance Publishing

My Initial Thoughts:
Ohh, this is going to be a fun category to listen to over the next couple of months.
☼ I’ll admit that the Robyn Carr book is one of the ones on this list that I am less than excited about – don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with her writing, it just doesn’t always work for me, but I know many of my friends love her. But at the same time, anything narrated by Therese Plummer is normally a winner for me.

☼ J. Bergtsson is a new author to me but I’ll admit that I love a good rockstar romance at times. I’m a solid Andi Arndt fan girl when it comes to audiobooks, but Joe Arden is a new to me name – so this book could be a double winner for me if i like it.

☼ Nora Roberts has long been an author that appears on my frequently read/listen to list – although I’ll admit that I haven’t listened to some of her more recent stuff (although I do continue to devour the books she writes under her alter-ego, JD Robb). I’ve listened to several narrations by Elisabeth Rodgers before and found her narration solid – it isn’t horrible, but at the same time, doesn’t necessarily blow me away either.

☼ Tessa Dare is an author I know that I should read/listen to more of – I’ve read several of her books and rated each of them in the solid 3.5-4 star realm, but I’ve never listened – so i’m looking for a new author to add to my audiobook listening pile. Mary Jane Wells is also a new narrator to me but she has a pretty hefty romance narration backlist with lots of historical romances – so fingers crossed.

☼ The Carolyn Brown book is the one that I felt doesn’t (upon first read of the summary) really fit into the traditional romance category – it seems to be much more of a women’s lit to me (where the focus is more on the growth of the characters vs. the actual romance) – but I’ll see if i’m wrong down the road. Donna Postel is another new narrator to me but she has an interesting backlist of other audiobooks, should I decide I want to listen to more by her in the future.

My Prediction:
Based on what I know about the different narrators and my experience with them (or lack thereof) in the past, my initial pick (pre-listen) to the winner for the Romance category is:
Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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2018 Armchair Audies

Over the last 3 (or is it 4 years?), I have avidly participated in the Armchair Audies hosted by Jennifer at The Literate Housewife! Over the last year I’ve had a great time listening to books in various categories – from Romance, to Erotica, to Paranormal to Young Adult. One of my favorite times is reviewing each of the categories and figuring out which ones I want to listen to for that year. There is some method to my madness and other just flimsy.

This year, the minute I saw that the nominees in the Romance category were mostly what I would definite as traditional romance, I was excited to listen to it again after a sabbatical of several years (I’m sorry, but I can’t get behind Nicholas Sparks being nominated in a romance category!) This was the first year that I didn’t opt to do the Erotica category – after reviewing the nominees and realizing that I had previously given 2 authors of the 5 nominees 2 or less stars while listening – I didn’t feel I could be unbiased in my listening. Paranormal has been a category that I have listened to several times now and while I have already read one of the books nominated (because its Nalini Singh), I’m looking forward to the books in this category – three of them are series that I have in progress (including the re-read/listen) and the other two look intriguing. The final category this year was a toss-up for me between Young Adult, Mystery, History/Biography or Suspense/Thriller – but ultimately it came down to which audiobooks were the most readily accessible for me to get my hands on (thank you Charles County Maryland Public Library for having such a great audiobook collection) – so the third category for my 2018 Armchair Audies is Thriller/Suspense.

I don’t know about you guys, but i’m looking forward to an awesome three months of listening to see if i can figure out who the judges think is the best of the nominees in the category! Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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The 2018 Audies are here!

For avid audiobook listeners, the day that nominees for the annual Audie Awards are announced is tatamount to the Oscar nominations. And unfortunately, while I can’t see the live tweeting of nominees because work so kindly blocks social media (I know, HOW DARE THEY? RIGHT!!), as soon as I left work today, I was eagerly scrolling through my twitter feed to see the nominees for the 26 different categories that are featured.

One of the problems with the Audies nominees is that to-be-read (or listened) list rapidly grows as soon as I start looking at all the books I want to listen to (or read if my library doesn’t have in audio). I also end up adding various series books for those audiobook nominees that are part of a series (my OCD doesn’t let me read books out of a series). It also exposes me to new authors and narrators I’ve never read before or listened to previously. I know that I’m looking forward to listen to the three categories that I’ve picked for this years Armchair Audies!

AUDIO DRAMA
★Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi by Paul McCusker, narrated by over 30 actors including Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute
★Cicero by David Llewellyn, narrated by Samuel Barnett and George Naylor, published by Big Finish Productions
★The Mean, written and narrated by John Arthur Long, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale, and Gerran Howell, published by Audible Studios
★The Tug of War by David Rambo, performed by Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, and Jules Willcox, published by LA Theatre Works

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
★Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, written and narrated by Al Franken, published by Hachette Audio
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★Born to Run, written and narrated by Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Nevertheless, written and narrated by Alec Baldwin, published by HarperAudio
★We’re Going to Need More Wine, written and narrated by Gabrielle Union, published by HarperAudio
★What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR
★The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio
★Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios
★The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
★The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks) by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios
★The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

BEST MALE NARRATOR
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson, published by HarperAudio
★Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio
★Murder on the Orient Express (movie tie-in) by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, published by HarperAudio
★Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studio

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
★Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier, narrated by Daniel Maté, published by Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
★Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, and Alex Hyde-White, published by Novel Audio
★How to Work for an Idiot (Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency): Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss by John Hoover, narrated by Brian Sutherland, published by Audible Studios
★Peak Performance by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Unfu*k Yourself, written and narrated by Gary John Bishop, published by HarperAudio

EROTICA
★Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan, narrated by John Lane, published by Harlequin Audio
★His Alone by Alexa Riley, narrated by Summer Morton and Jay Crow, published by Harlequin Audio
★More Than Want You by Shayla Black, narrated by Christian Fox, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy, narrated by Joe Arden, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Taking Turns: The Turning Series, Book 1 by JA Huss, narrated by Ava Erickson, Sebastian York, Tad Branson, and Joe Arden, published by Oh My Audiobooks

FANTASY
★Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil, published by Recorded Books
★The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Skullsworn by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Snake Eyes by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin, published by Audible Studios
★Spellmonger: The Spellmonger Series, Book 1 by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee, published by Podium Publishing
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

FICTION
★An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney, narrated by Rachel Atkins, published by Harlequin Audio
★Beartown by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio
★I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi, narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer, published by Macmillan Audio
★The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel by Nancy Peacock, narrated by JD Jackson, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
★Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Graymalkin Media
★Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Code Girls by Liza Mundy, narrated by Erin Bennett, published by Hachette Audio
★The Home Front: Life in America During World War II an Audible Original, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals
★Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media
★My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, narrated by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy, published by Macmillan Audio

HUMOR
★The Book of Leon by Leon Black (JB Smoove) and Iris Bahr, narrated by Leon Black (JB Smoove), published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Carpet Diem: Or…How to Save the World by Accident by Justin Lee Anderson, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios
★Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett & Link, narrated by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, published by Audible Studios
★The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
★Captain Bayley’s Heir by G.A. Henty, narrated by Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies, Jade Williams, Ian Porter, Finty Williams, David Shaw-Parker, and a full cast, published by Heirloom Audio Productions
★Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson, narrated by Nancy Peterson, published by Two Words Publishing | Tyndale House (print publisher)
★Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis, narrated by Christina Moore with Stephanie Cozart, published by Recorded Books
★Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books
★The Trials of Saint Patrick by Paul McCusker, narrated by over 30 actors including John Rhys-Davies, published by Augustine Institute

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
★Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby, narrated by Jaimee Paul, published by Thomas Nelson
★Of Mess and Moxie, written and narrated by Jen Hatmaker, published by Thomas Nelson
★The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, written and narrated by Lisa Harper, published by christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books
★Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, written and narrated by Agapi Stassinopoulos, published by Random House Audio
★We Stood upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson, narrated by John McLain, published by Oasis Audio, LLC.

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
★Beast by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Daisy Miller by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix, published by Spoken Realms (formerly Listen 2 a Book)
★Dracula by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
★House of Names by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker, published by Naxos AudioBooks

MIDDLE GRADE
★The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya, published by Listening Library
★Patina by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Refugee by Alan Gratz, narrated by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen, published by Scholastic Audio
★See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, published by Listening Library
★Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, narrated by Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick, published by HarperAudio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
★Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio
★Restart by Gordon Korman, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft, published by Recorded Books
★The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

MYSTERY
★The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio
★Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio
★Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, published by HarperAudio
★On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11 by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Audible Studios
★Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin, published by Macmillan Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
★Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, published by HarperAudio
★Norse Mythology, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio
★This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

NON-FICTION
★American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio
★The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, written and narrated by Jon Ronson, published by Audible Originals
★Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Macmillan Audio
★Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr, published by Random House Audio
★This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

ORIGINAL WORK
★The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
★Mother Go by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Audible Original Publishing
★Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, written by Amy Oestreicher, Cat Gould, Charlotte McKinnon, Christa Lewis, Christina St. Clair, Danielle Dayney, Deepti Gupta, Echo Aspnes, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Jack Arkel, Jacqueline Pick, Janina Edward, Jerrianne Hayslett, Karen Randall, Karen White, Kass Hillard, Laura Schmidt, Lauren Ezzo, Lily Schmidt, Mark Blickley, Martha McSweeney Brower, Nancy Wagner, Rodney Vaccaro, Sandy Logan, Sahana Kumar, Sue Pitkin, Tanya Eby, Tamara Hansen, Tammy Scott, Tricia Lowther, and Viji Chary, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby, published by Blunder Woman Productions
★Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner, published by HarperAudio
★Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios

PARANORMAL
★Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios
★Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King, published by Macmillan Audio
★Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

ROMANCE
★Any Day Now by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books
★Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden, published by J. Bengtsson
★Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, narrated by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio
★The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, published by Brilliance Publishing

SCIENCE FICTION
★Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar, published by Random House Audio
★New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio
★Provenance by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio
★The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by a Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio
★The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
★Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Audible Studios
★Good Behavior by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Lauren Fortgang, published by Audible Studios
★Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton, published by Audible Studios
★You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, published by Hachette Audio Books

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
★The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, published by Macmillan Audio
★Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer, published by Hachette Audio
★The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books
★A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander, published by Penguin Audio
★Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick, published by HarperAudio

YOUNG ADULT
★Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library
★Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, published by Scholastic Audio
★The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
★Solo by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander, music by Randy Preston, published by Blink
★You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others, published by Listening Library

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)
★Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, narrated by Robertson Dean, published by Weston Woods Studios Inc
★Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Channie Waites, published by Recorded Books
★Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter, published by Recorded Books
★A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, narrated by Jim Dale, published by Macmillan Audio
★Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media

 
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