Audiobooks, 2015 List
After her father’s assassination in a bloody coup, 15-year-old Laila must adapt to American life and reconcile her memories of privilege with an opposing worldview. An afterword by the author, a former undercover CIA agent, follows Siman and Benard’s expert narration of the story.
Wil Wheaton narrates this companion, part suspenseful thriller, part instruction guide, to Little Brother (Random House Audio, 2010). Marcus Yallow’s hacktivist past finds him in the form of a trove of Wikileaks-type documents about everything from the financial crisis to Homeland Security.
History at its best: a riveting account of the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra. Farr’s superb narration conveys the remarkable story of their opulent lives, the abject poverty of their people, the influence of Rasputin and the beginning of Communism.
Nathan’s life is full of contradictions in this fantastical mystery. Prekopp’s skillfully paced narration introduces Nathan’s white witch mother and black witch father, his oldest sister's hatred and brother's love through a rollercoaster of shifting settings and emotions.
Former Olympian Louis Zamperini’s fortitude and sheer willpower were lifesaving during his Japanese POW experiences. Hermann conveys with unsentimental gravitas Zamperini’s heroism as he endures torture and deprivation at the hands of a vicious Japanese commandant.
Spend a year with the Fletcher family (two dads, four sons, and assorted real and imaginary pets) at school, on the soccer field, and with a grumpy new neighbor. Full of humor and love, this is a great family road-trip book!
Potts’ narration breathes cheerful life into the original story of the little orphan known as Annie, including her life with cruel Miss Hannigan, her search for her parents and her fortunate encounter with Miss Farrell that leads her to Daddy Warbucks.
When a hip party gets out of hand and his friend Noodles is severely beaten Ali—who has always managed to stay above the fray in his Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood—is caught in the middle. Adkins’ narration brings the grit of Ali’s world to life.
This saga that takes place across many years is so expertly narrated that listeners know exactly where they are in this complex and compelling novel. Intertwining tales set on the Isle of the Blessed are beautifully told making the slightly unnerving story a rare treat.