With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo; narrated by Elizabeth AcevedoStarring: high school senior Emoni Santiago, who has "magic hands" in the kitchen, but worries that becoming a chef won't help her build a future for herself and her two-year-old daughter.
Narration: Elizabeth Acevedo's warm reading brings her well-drawn characters to life.
Internment by Samira Ahmed; narrated by Soneela NankaniWhat it's about: In a frightening near-future U.S. in which Muslim Americans are forced into internment camps, strong-willed 17-year-old Layla Amin becomes a leader for the resistance, risking everything to take down the camp where she and her family are imprisoned.
Narration: Soneela Nankani effectively portrays Layla's rollercoaster of emotions as she finds her bravery.
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep; narrated by Hillary Huber What it's about: how Harper Lee's obsession with a 1970s murder case inspired her to write a true crime book that she later abandoned.
Narration: Hillary Huber's slow and steady narration heightens the tension -- and makes the book's twists and turns all the more powerful.
African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan by Geoffrey Girard; narrated by Gary FurlongStarring: Yasuke, the 16th-century African slave who served as a vassal to powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga and became Japan's first foreign-born samurai.
Narration: Gary Furlong's awed tone reflects the reverence the Japanese people had for Yasuke, whom they believed to be the embodiment of the black Buddha.
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves; narrated by Kathleen McInerney and Fred BermanWhat happens: a chance meeting between former college sweethearts -- shy but independent Annika, who's on the autism spectrum, and divorced, gun-shy Jonathan -- sparks interest in both parties. But can they resolve their pasts?
Narration: Kathleen McInerney and Fred Berman alternate narrative duties in this gripping romantic novel.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire; narrated by Amber BensonWhat it's about: Created by alchemists, twins Roger (linguistically talented) and Dodger (mathematically gifted) can communicate via quantum entanglement yet can't escape their fate.
Narration: In her compelling reading, actress Amber Benson alters her inflection, pacing, and tone to distinguish her characterizations of Roger and Dodger.
I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi; narrated by Isaac MizrahiWhat it is: the debut memoir from iconic fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Narration: In this AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording, Mizrahi's wit and candor, delivered in his signature Brooklyn accent, make for an immersive and emotional listen.
The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone; narrated by Mozhan MarnòThe premise: Semi-retired CIA operative Kate Moore is trying to enjoy her new life in Paris with her husband and children when a jihadi wearing a suicide bomb shows up outside the Louvre, announcing his intent to blow himself up.
Narration: Mozhan Marnò's calm, understated tone underscores the action-packed thrills of this 2nd Kate Moore novel.
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