While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams; narrated by Adenrele Ojo and Stacey AbramsThe situation: law clerk Avery Keene has just been appointed the legal guardian of comatose Supreme Court justice Howard Wynn, who was set to be the swing vote for a major upcoming case.
Narration: Adenrele Ojo's emotional reading ups the stakes of this tense legal thriller; author Stacey Abrams narrates the book's introduction.
Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown; narrated by Louis OzawaWhat it's about: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a Japanese American infantry regiment in World War II that became the most decorated unit for its size in United States military history.
Narration: Actor Louis Ozawa expertly juggles numerous accents and tones in his compelling, AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin; narrated by George NewbernWhat it is: a fast-paced chronicle of Daniel Boone's exploits in the 1770s and his establishment of a settlement in present-day Kentucky.
Narration: Award-winning narrator George Newbern offers a folksy, well-paced narration of this engaging blend of history and biography.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris; narrated by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms, and Bahni TurpinWhat happens: As the sole Black employee at a small publishing company, 26-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is relieved to learn that her new co-worker, Hazel, is also Black. Until a string of events has Nella wondering whether Hazel has her back after all.
Narration: Led by actor Aja Naomi King as Nella, a quartet of Black women narrators bring to vivid life this thought-provoking thriller's sharp dialogue and playful humor.
Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez; narrated by Christine Lakin and Zachary Webber Best laid plans: Vanessa's globe-trotting lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt when she becomes the guardian of her infant niece. Fortunately, her attractive neighbor, corporate lawyer Adrian, is good with kids.
Narration: Christine Lakin and Zachary Webber trade narrative duties in their engrossing recording of this heartwarming romantic comedy.
Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson; narrated by Jenny LawsonWhat it's about: humorist and Furiously Happy author Jenny Lawson's battles with mental and physical illnesses.
Narration: Unfolding in an authentic fast-paced style meant to mimic her anxiety, Lawson's irreverent and reflective confessional earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon; narrated by Joy Osmanski and Imani Jade PowersWhat it's about: After her estranged sister, Lexie, drowns in the pool at their family estate, social worker Jax discovers that Lexie was investigating mysterious happenings at the site.
Narration: Joy Osmanski and Imani Jade Powers' immersive dual narration and measured pacing heighten the eerie atmosphere of this ghost story.
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris; narrated by Kevin R. FreeWhat it's about: Cursed with the ability to see the future of anything he touches, 16-year-old Alex is horrified by a vision of his brother Isaiah's impending death. Determined to break the curse, Alex realizes that to challenge the future, he'll have to dig into his ancestral past.
Narration: Kevin R. Free's sensitive, grounded narration captures Alex's inner turmoil as he grapples with anxiety and trauma.
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