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2021 AudioFile Earphone Awards

2021 AudioFile Earphone Awards

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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Apparently There Were Complaints

A Memoir

By Sharon Gless
Narrated by: Sharon Gless
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

Emmy Award­–winning actress Sharon Gless tells all in this laugh-out-loud, juicy, and touching memoir about her five decades in Hollywood, where she took on some of the most groundbreaking roles of her time.

Anyone who has seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies, knows that... Read more »

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A Novel

By Ken Follett
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 23 hours 57 minutes

New York Times Bestseller

The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.
“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” —Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get... Read more »

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Once Upon a Wardrobe

By Patti Callahan
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

If you enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, then you’ll love Once Upon a Wardrobe.

“8 year old, sickly George begs his sister Meg, a student at Oxford, to find and ask C.S. Lewis where the idea of Narnia came from. This charming novel is a testament to the power of stories. Those who enjoy The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will feel like they are wrapped in a warm blanket before a lovely fire as they are transported to the magical world of Narnia.”

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The 1619 Project

A New Origin Story

By Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman & Jake Silverstein
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast
Length: 18 hours 56 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Marie Claire
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of... Read more »

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The Perks of Loving a Wallflower

By Erica Ridley
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

Fans of Bridgerton will love this “delightful” Regency romp (Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author​) in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady investigator in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead.

As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. She’ll do whatever...

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The Vanished Days

By Susanna Kearsley
Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Length: 15 hours 43 minutes

I HAVE BEEN PERSUADED NOW TO TAKE MY PEN IN HAND AND TELL THE STORY AS IT SHOULD BE TOLD … In the autumn of 1707, old enemies from the Scottish Highlands to the Borderlands are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England. An invasion is imminent as many plot to bring the exiled young Jacobite king back to... Read more »

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The Sentence

By Louise Erdrich
Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small...

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Miracle and Wonder

Conversations with Paul Simon

By Malcolm Gladwell & Bruce Headlam
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam & Paul Simon
Length: 5 hours 6 minutes

Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon is unlike any artistic portrait you’ve ever heard before. Recorded over a series of 30 hours of conversation between Simon, Malcolm Gladwell, and Broken Record podcast co-host Bruce Headlam, the conversation flows from Simon’s music to his childhood in Queens, NY, his frequent collaborators...

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Look for Me and I'll Be Gone


By John Edgar Wideman
Narrated by: Dion Graham & Janina Edwards
Length: 11 hours

From John Edgar Wideman, “a master [who] boldly subverts what a short story can be” (Publishers Weekly) comes a stunning story collection that spans a range of topics from Michael Jordan to Emmett Till, from childhood memories to the final day in a prison cell.

Forty years after John Edgar Wideman’s first collection of stories was published, he... Read more »

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Going There (read by Katie Couric)

By Katie Couric
Narrated by: Katie Couric
Length: 15 hours 26 minutes

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest, Going There is the deeply personal life story of a girl next door turned household name.

For more than forty years, Katie Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world. In her brutally honest, hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes... Read more »

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The Murder on the Links

By Kate McAll & adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Edita Brychta, Kevin Daniels, Anna Lyse Erikson, Simon Helberg, Adhir Kalyan, Kate McAll, Alfred Molina, Darren Richardson, Jocelyn Towne, Joanne Whalley & Matthew Wolf
Length: 1 hours 38 minutes

An L.A. Theatre Works commissioned adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie “whodunit.” Adapted from the novel by Kate McAll. In Christie’s clever and beautifully crafted tale, Detective Hercule Poirot receives an urgent letter from Paul Renauld summoning him to France. Upon their arrival, Poirot and his companion, Arthur Hastings, find they... Read more »

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The Secret of Life

Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix

By Howard Markel
Narrated by: Donald Corren
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

An authoritative history of the race to unravel DNA’s structure, by one of our most prominent medical historians. James Watson and Francis Crick’s 1953 discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is the foundation of virtually every advance in our modern understanding of genetics and molecular biology. But how did Watson and Crick do it—and... Read more »

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The Boys

A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

By Ron Howard & Clint Howard
Narrated by: Ron Howard, Clint Howard & Bryce Dallas Howard
Length: 13 hours 24 minutes


WINNER OF AN AUDIOFILES EARPHONES AWARD: "This audiobook is simply a delight...a must-listen."

“This extraordinary book is not only a chronicle of Ron’s and Clint’s early careers and their wild adventures, but also a primer on so many topics—how an actor prepares, how to survive as a kid working in Hollywood,...

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Shelf Life

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

By Nadia Wassef
Narrated by: Vaneh Assadourian
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

Frank, fresh, and very funny, this memoir tells all the troubles and triumphs of founding and managing Diwan, a Cairo-based independent bookstore. Read more »

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The Secret History of Food

Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat

By Matt Siegel
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

An irreverent, surprising, and entirely entertaining look at the little-known history surrounding the foods we know and love

Is Italian olive oil really Italian, or are we dipping our bread in lamp oil? Why are we masochistically drawn to foods that can hurt us, like hot peppers? Far from being a classic American dish, is apple pie actually . . ....

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An Observant Wife

A Novel

By Naomi Ragen
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

In this rich and compassionate novel, An Observant Wife, Naomi Ragen continues the love story between newly observant California-girl Leah and ultra-Orthodox widower Yaakov from An Unorthodox Match.

From the joy of their wedding day surrounded by supportive friends and family, Yaakov and Leah are soon plunged into the complex reality of their new...

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Count the Ways

A Novel

By Joyce Maynard
Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
Length: 15 hours 15 minutes

In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family—from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives

Eleanor and Cam meet at...

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Eartha & Kitt

A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White

By Kitt Shapiro & Patricia Weiss Levy
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

In this unique combination of African-American, music, and cultural history, we come to know one of the greatest stars the world has ever seen—Eartha Kitt—as revealed by the person who knew her best, her daughter. Eartha, who was a mix of Black, Cherokee, and white, identified as Black, but Kitt, her biological daughter by a white man, is blonde... Read more »

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The Alexandria Quartet

By Lawrence Durrell
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

‘Mountolive who had already found the open sesame of language ready to hand, suddenly began to feel himself really penetrating a foreign country...’ In Mountolive, the third volume in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, the events surrounding the interwoven community of Nessim, Justine, Narouz, Pursewarden and the other major characters are given a... Read more »

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Beautiful World, Where Are You

“This is the first Sally Rooney book I've read. Rooney writes characters the way you meet people in life. Through their words and actions, you create a picture of their personalities, and even with glimpses into their private thoughts, which Rooney does here through email correspondence between two women, you still never get a complete picture of who they are. Because like the people you meet in life, they are a mystery to even themselves. I found the characters at once infuriating and endearing. There were moments when I didn't think I was going to like this book because I was so mad at one of them. But I couldn’t tear myself away. I wanted to know why they acted as they did and what was going to happen to them. The person who recommended this book to me said it made them cry. I didn't understand this. Then I reached the last sentence, turned the audio off, sat for a moment, and cried. I don't know why! Which, when I think about it, is something the characters in the book say a lot. And I suppose it's true. We don't know why for many things, but if we are happy, it doesn't really matter, does it? Aoife McMahon does a perfect job.”

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