An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering by Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen; narrated by Russell BentleyWhat it is: an anesthesiologist's comprehensive multidisciplinary exploration of the science of pain, from the neurobiological mechanisms of pain, to the history of analgesics, to the pros and cons of current chronic pain treatments.
Narration: This accessible history is complemented by Russell Bentley's calm yet authoritative English-accented reading.
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley; narrated by Isabella Star LaBlancStarring: Daunis Fontaine, an 18-year-old girl who has roots in the local Ojibwe reservation and in a long line of French fur traders. Daunis is brave, imperfect, and curious as she digs for information about the mysterious person selling meth to members of her community.
Narration: Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota actress Isabella Star LaBlanc imbues this YA own voices thriller with a steely authenticity.
What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster; narrated by Bahni TurpinWhat it is: a multi-generational family drama set in the Piedmont area of North Carolina between 1992 and 2018.
Narration: Award-winning narrator Bahni Turpin deftly balances the multiple timelines of this nonlinear saga with well-paced narration and distinctly voiced characters.
Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden; narrated by Staci Mitchell and James FouheyIn a world... where humans colonize the body cavities of massive interstellar creatures known as Zenzee, acting Matris (leader) Doka Kaleigh pushes for a less exploitative way of life -- one that will require sacrifices that many people do not wish to make.
Narration: In this intricately plotted sequel to Escaping Exodus, James Fouhey (as Doka) and Staci Mitchell (as Doka's wife Seske) capture the pair's high-stakes exploits with shifting tones.
Smoke by Joe Ide; narrated by Zeno Robinson Starring: Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe, who's got a Sherlock-esque brain that he uses as an unlicensed detective in East Long Beach, California.
Narration: Zeno Robinson conveys the escalating suspense in this 5th IQ mystery with a brisk and intense reading.
Wild Rain: Women Who Dare by Beverly Jenkins; narrated by Kim Staunton What happens: Wyoming rancher Spring Rain Lee rescues traveling reporter Garrett McCray from a blizzard, earning his respect and -- if she'll have it -- his love.
Narration: Women Who Dare narrator Kim Staunton returns to narrate this 2nd in the new Beverly Jenkins series, portraying Spring Lee's reluctance and Garrett McCray's amiable demeanor with equal aplomb.
The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed by Wendy Lower; narrated by Suzanne Toren What it's about: In 2009, historian Wendy Lower saw a World War II-era photograph capturing the execution of a Ukrainian Jewish family. She spent the next decade researching its origins to construct a narrative of what happened that day.
Narration: Suzanne Toren's straightforward and well-paced reading, paired with her careful pronunciation of Ukrainian words, brings this heartwrenching history to vivid life.
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue; narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Janina Edwards; Dion Graham; JD Jackson; Allyson Johnson, and Lisa Renee PittsThe situation: Since the 1980s, the fictional African village of Kosawa has been poisoned by an American oil company's leaking pipelines. After many requests for help are ignored, a small act of rebellion leads to decades of revolution.
Narration: A full cast of acclaimed narrators embodies the chorus of sympathetic villagers populating this reflective own voices novel.
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