Putting the Rabbit in the Hat by Brian Cox; narrated by Brian CoxWhat it is: a candid memoir from renowned actor Brian Cox, currently garnering praise for his role in TV's Succession.
Narration: Cox shares reflections on career milestones in his resonant and distinct Scottish accent.
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James; narrated by Bahni TurpinWhat it is: a companion novel to Black Leopard, Red Wolf and the 2nd book in The Dark Star trilogy that revisits events of the first book from the perspective of Sogolon, the 177-year-old Moon Witch, while also delving into her rich and turbulent backstory.
Narration: Bahni Turpin expertly juggles multiple character accents and tones in her AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.
Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka; narrated by Mozhan Marnò and Jim MeskimenWhat it is: a disturbing yet moving portrayal of the last 12 hours of death row inmate Ansel Packer's life, told through the alternating, kaleidoscopic perspectives of the women in his life.
Narration: Jim Meskimen (as Ansel) and Mozhan Marnò (as Ansel's mother, ex sister-in-law, and a childhood acquaintance) trade narrative duties in this gripping production.
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal; narrated by Tuppence MiddletonWhat it's about: Nell has always been stared at in her small English village thanks to the mottled birthmarks that cover her body, but fate gives her the chance for attention on her own terms after her father sells her to a traveling circus and its proprietor lets her perform acrobatic stunts instead of being a sideshow attraction.
Narration: British actress Tuppence Middleton offers a spirited reading of this thought-provoking historical fiction novel.
This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi; narrated by Kate ReadingWhat it's about: Teen servant Alizeh faces persecution because she is Jinn, but the ice running through her veins marks her as the heir to a lost kingdom. Prince Kamran's unforgettable encounter with Alizeh promises to upend his own life, and possibly alter the course of history.
Narration: Kate Reading's husky and resonant narration brings to life this romantic fantasy based on the Persian epic poem the Shahnameh.
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry; narrated by Imani PerryWhat it's about: Princeton professor Imani Perry, who was born in Alabama, traveled throughout the American South using the region's history and culture as a lens to view the country as a whole.
Narration: Perry's lyrical and impassioned narration weaves together musings on race and place and details about her family and life.
The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel; narrated by Josh Bloomberg and Emily Woo ZellerWhat it is: a moving and atmospheric tale of survival and forbidden love set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1940.
Narration: Josh Bloomberg and Emily Woo Zeller trade narrative duties in this engrossing production.
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