The Angel of Rome by Jess Walter, read by Edoardo Ballerini & Julia Whelan
Ballerini and Whelan infuse Walter’s engaging, heartwarming stories with warmth and surprise.
Gathering Blossoms Under Fire by Alice Walker, edited by Valerie Boyd, read by Aunjanue Ellis & Janina Edwards
Gathering Blossoms Under Fire makes for an insightful and intriguing audiobook. The best part: Walker reads the postscript, emphasizing the personal nature of publicizing her journals.
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston, read by Natalie Naudus
Naudus voices more than a half-dozen significant characters in McQuiston’s young adult debut, imparting individuality and personality to teens embracing a variety of identities.
In Love by Amy Bloom, read by the author
Bloom’s narration of her memoir is simple and even-keeled, except for small cracks in her voice during the narrative’s most harrowing moments.
Inciting Joy by Ross Gay, read by the author
Gay reads his book in a comforting, softly gravelly voice, inviting us to consider not only joy but also every emotion around it, including sorrow and rage.
Liberation Day by George Saunders, read by a full cast
Through the triumphant performances of an all-star cast of comedians and actors, Saunders’ short story collection transforms into a darkly funny audiobook with a satirical yet redemptive twist.
The Milky Way by Moiya McTier, read by the author
McTier’s down-to-earth style makes science approachable, giving listeners the opportunity to form their own romance with the Milky Way.
Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson & Dolly Parton, read by a full cast
With narration from country stars Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini, Run, Rose, Run is a must-listen ensemble audiobook.
This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan, read by Tanya Schneider
Voice actor Schneider convincingly articulates Carvan’s argument that women need to share their passions publicly. Both funny and profound, this is a deeply enjoyable audiobook.