Audiobooks, 2016 List
In June 1969 the Stonewall bar in New York’s Greenwich Village was once again targeted by the police in an effort to harass the LGBT community. The ensuing riots marked the beginning of the coordinated push for LGBT rights. Federle’s narration brings alive the zeitgeist of the era masterfully.
Ada only knows her family's one room London flat and the occasional glimpse of the outside world through her window. When Hitler threatens to bomb London, she flees with her younger brother Jamie to the county. Entwistle moves brilliantly between regional and class dialects, emotions and actions, drawing the listener into the widening world of Ada and her brother.
Jo Montfort is a young woman in the 1890's who has it all—until her father is found dead of an apparent suicide. An unforgettable combination of romance, mystery, adventure and historical fiction, impeccably paced by Bubbs.
Mai must accompany her grandmother to Viet Nam in search of information about the grandfather who disappeared in the Vietnam War. Alternately poignant and funny, we follow Mai as she discovers the beauty of Viet Nam and rediscovers the power found in her grandmother’s stories. Lam embodies Mai maturing personality, grandmother’s lyrical stories, and expertly weaves Vietnamese and English languages.
African-American teen Rashad is accused of shoplifting and beaten by a white police officer his best friend Quinn, who is white, doesn't know how to react. He saw what happened, but does he have all the facts? Powerfully narrated in the voices of Rashad and Quinn.
Will has grown up in Zimbabwe out in the bush with as much freedom as a child could want. With her mother already gone, her father’s death wreaks havoc on her life and she is sent from Zimbabwe for London and a boarding school. Unhappy from the start, Will runs away to find a way to go back home. Bianca Amata brilliantly brings the strong-willed Will alive to listeners with all of the love she has in Zimbabwe and the unhappiness she finds in London.
A harmonica connects three main stories set in Germany, Pennsylvania, and California during the WWII era. Music figures largely in the story and the audiobook format allows the music to be fully integrated. This audiobook takes an already strong novel to an even higher level.
Daniel Ellsburg, a Pentagon employee, grew disillusioned with what he was learning about the US involvement in the Vietnam War. The government was hiding the awful truth from the American public. Once he discovered Robert McNamara’s treatise on what was really happening in Vietnam, Ellsburg must decide whether he should leak the document to the press. What he decides will change the course of history. Porter’s purposeful tone throughout the narration affords the gravitas this spectacular non-fiction deserves.
When a young man’s body is found by the river and a boy disappears, Billy Zeets, a troublemaker with a kind heart decides to investigate. Hoppe’s narration of this riveting and suspenseful story is mesmerizing.