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2022 AudioFile Earphone Awards

2022 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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The Maid

A Novel

By Nita Prose
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
 
“The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives... Read more »

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The Books of Jacob

A Novel

By Olga Tokarczuk
Narrated by: Allen Lewis Rickman & Gilli Messer
Length: 35 hours 37 minutes

“Just as awe-inspiring as the Nobel judges claimed.” – The Washington Post

“Olga Tokarczuk is one of our greatest living fiction writers. . . This could well be a decade-defining book akin to Bolaño’s 2666.” –AV Club

“Sophisticated and ribald and brimming with folk wit. . . The comedy in this novel blends, as it does in life, with genuine... Read more »

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The High House

A Novel

By Jessie Greengrass
Narrated by: Camilla Rockley, Sam Newton & Mariam Abu-Hejleh
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Novel Award

In this powerful, highly anticipated novel from an award-winning author, four people attempt to make a home in the midst of environmental disaster.

Perched on a sloping hill, set away from a small town by the sea, the High House has a tide pool and a mill, a vegetable garden, and, most importantly, a... Read more »

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The Last Slave Ship

The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning

By Ben Raines
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains.

Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the Clotilda became the... Read more »

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The Fifties

An Underground History

By James R. Gaines
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

A bold and original argument that upends the myth of the Fifties as a decade of conformity to celebrate the solitary, brave, and stubborn individuals who pioneered the radical gay rights, feminist, civil rights, and environmental movements, from historian James R. Gaines.

In a fascinating and beautifully written series of character portraits, The... Read more »

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Emotional

How Feelings Shape Our Thinking

By Leonard Mlodinow
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

We’ve all been told that thinking rationally is the key to success. But at the cutting edge of science, researchers are discovering that feeling is every bit as important as thinking.

You make hundreds of decisions every day, from what to eat for breakfast to how you should invest, and not one of those decisions would be possible without emotion.... Read more »

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Let's Get Physical

How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

By Danielle Friedman
Narrated by: Danielle Friedman
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

A captivating blend of reportage and personal narrative that explores the untold history of women’s exercise culture--from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda--and how women have parlayed physical strength into other forms of power.

For American women today, working out is as accepted as it is expected, fueling a multibillion-dollar fitness... Read more »

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Black Cloud Rising

By David Wright Falade
Narrated by: James Shippy
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

By fall of 1863, Union forces had taken control of Tidewater Virginia and established a toehold in eastern North Carolina, including along the Outer Banks. Thousands of freed slaves and runaways flooded the Union lines, but Confederate irregulars still roamed the region. In December, the newly formed African Brigade, a unit of these former... Read more »

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Brown Girls

A Novel

By Daphne Palasi Andreades
Narrated by: Tashi Thomas
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

If you enjoyed Red at the Bone, then you’ll love Brown Girls.

“What an absolutely gorgeous debut. The audiobook, narrated by Tashi Thomas, was more of a breathtaking performance than a mere narration. I highly recommend listening to this book and getting swept up in the life Thomas gives it. This book follows a female friend group from Queens over the course of their lives, taking us through the different paths they travel and the common experiences shared. Told in first person plural and present tense, Palasi Andreades brings an urgency to their story, a universality to their experience. By having a whole group of girls as the protagonist, we the readers are able to meander through multiple lives, always feeling allied with each."”

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A History of Wild Places

A Novel

By Shea Ernshaw
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan, Cassandra Campbell, Gibson Frazier, Cindy Kay & Pete Simonelli
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

In this “riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author), three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Often hired by families as a last resort,... Read more »

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Honor

By Thrity Umrigar
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Honor

“This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end! It is a story of an Indian -American journalist going back to India for the first time in 20 years. She returns to cover the story of a young Hindu woman who defies tradition both by working outside the home and marrying a Muslim. The consequences for her are horrific and heartbreaking, shedding light on both the traditional treatment of women and the Muslim/Hindu conflict in India. The main character is also forced to face her complicated feelings toward the land she left as a teenager. Despite the atrocities that take place, it is also a love story on several levels with wonderful characters who I wish I could revisit in a sequel.”

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Joan Is Okay

A Novel

By Weike Wang
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

Joan Is Okay

“A smart, moving, and entertaining book. Joan is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and an ICU doctor in New York City. There's a pandemic looming, but Joan’s going to be okay. A witty and insightful story.”

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You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates & Genevieve West
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 19 minutes

Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

“One of the greatest...

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The School for Good Mothers

A Novel

By Jessamine Chan
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

The School for Good Mothers

“This novel toggles between infuriating, terrifying, and comedic. An interesting study on what it means to be a woman and a mother. Extremely satisfied with an unexpected ending.”

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Hello, Transcriber

A Novel

By Hannah Morrissey
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hours 1 minutes

Hannah Morrissey's Hello, Transcriber is a captivating mystery suspense debut featuring a female police transcriber who goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case.

Every night, while the street lamps shed the only light on Wisconsin's most crime-ridden city, police transcriber Hazel Greenlee listens as detectives divulge Black Harbor's...

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Madam

The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

By Debby Applegate
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 20 hours 25 minutes

The compulsively readable and sometimes jaw-dropping story of the life of a notorious madam who played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer, sports star and Cafe Society swell worth knowing, and who as much as any single figure helped make the twenties roar—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in... Read more »

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Wish You Were Here

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

Wish You Were Here

“This book was very well written, and although I enjoyed the writing itself, I was disappointed with the political-ness of the storyline. Did not like the big plot twist half way through. It was far fetched and took away from the where the story line was headed. That being said, I thought the narrator was great. She did an amazing job of bringing the characters and the locations to life for the reader. This one was just ok for me.”

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Five Tuesdays in Winter

Stories

By Lily King
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski, various narrators, Mark Bramhall, Christa Lewis, Cassandra Campbell & Bronson Pinchot
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes

Award-winning Lily King’s first-ever collection of exceptional and innovative short stories

With Writers & Lovers and Euphoria, Lily King’s books catapulted onto bestseller and best-of-the-year lists across the country and established her as one of our most “brilliant” (New York Times), “wildly talented” (Chicago Tribune), and beloved authors...

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Crossroads

A Novel

By Jonathan Franzen
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 24 hours 56 minutes

Crossroads

Crossroads is Franzen's first novel since the National Book Award winning The Corrections that smacks of his original genius. Gloriously the tale of a 1960's Chicago minister led family of six is the start of a trilogy. The type of book you can't put down, I banned it from night time reading due to the thrilling descent of some of the characters. Hungry for the next two, which is saying something considering the book's 500+ pages.”

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Apparently There Were Complaints

A Memoir

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

Apparently There Were Complaints

“If you only know Sharon Gless from Cagney & Lacey, (or my favorite, Burn Notice) you've only had 1/2 the story. Gless grew up amidst Hollywood royalty and in a family integral to LA's history. Though she certainly doesn't flaunt her famous relatives. If you can, listen to, rather than read, this one, because her voice is so iconic and to hear her give voice to her story is the best way to experience it. Hers is the one of the best examples of why biographies are so fun: self deprecating, good humored, raucous and charming. However you experience the book, it's so worth the time.”

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