AudioFile’s Greatest Audiobooks of March ‹ Literary Hub

Every month, to your literary listening pleasure, our associates at AudioFile Journal carry us the cream of the audiobook crop.

This month’s treasures contains Marlon James’ Moon Witch, Spider King (learn by Bahni Turpin), Gish Jen’s Thank You, Mr. Nixon (learn by Justin Chien, Catherine Ho, Annie Q, Eunice Wong), Bernardine Evaristo’s Manifesto (learn by the creator), and Harvey Fierstein’s I Was Higher Final Night time (additionally learn by the creator).



The Cartographers_Peng Shepherd, audiobook

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd | Learn by Emily Woo Zeller, Nancy Wu, Karen Chilton, Ron Butler, Neil Hellegers, Jason Culp, Brittany Pressley

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Harper Audio | 14.25 hrs.]

An excellent ensemble of narrators animates this thrilling story of friendships and betrayals, a cartographers’ cabal, maps, homicide, and cities that will not be there. Amongst her father’s results, Nell discovers what seems to be a nugatory Thirties freeway map. Nevertheless, this map hides darkish secrets and techniques in addition to a “phantom settlement” identified solely to “the Cartographers.” Nell’s third-person perspective comes alive with narrator Emily Woo Zeller’s artistry, whereas the opposite narrators’ perceptive interpretations create fascinating, plausible secondary characters. An exciting literary thriller.

Moon Witch Spider King_Marlon James

Moon Witch, Spider King: Darkish Star Trilogy, E book 2 by Marlon James | Learn by Bahni Turpin

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Penguin Audio | 30.75 hrs.]

Bahni Turpin reveals extraordinary vary in her professional narration of this sprawling fantasy. Listeners are handled to the fascinating and tumultuous 177-year life story of the witch Sogolon—from her painful childhood to her rise to extraordinary energy. Turpin easily navigates this difficult story, enlivening the distinctive rhythm of James’s prose. She embodies Sogolon utterly, however that’s solely the start—she additionally offers life to dozens of different characters, perfecting high-pitched whines and deep-throated growls, voices melodic and tough. Her gorgeous narration will maintain listeners riveted via each minute of this epic fantasy.

Thank You Mr Nixon_Gish Jen

Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Tales by Gish Jen | Learn by Justin Chien, Catherine Ho, Annie Q, Eunice Wong

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Random House Audio | 8.75 hrs.]

A quartet of narrators excels in delivering these linked tales, which chronicle the years since Nixon’s 1972 go to to China. Their deliveries of those immersive and intelligent works match simply the precise voices, cadences, and tones to the tales. Annie Q performs the title story with a youthful voice, retelling the story of a Chinese language lady, now in heaven, who a long time in the past met the previous president, now in hell. Eunice Wong captures the long-suffering mother whose household is coming aside in “Detective Canine,” and Catherine Ho inhabits the bittersweet voice of “Amaryllis.” Justin Chien is spot-on in conveying the ethical ambiguities of “Rothko, Rothko.” A rewarding listening expertise.

I'm So Not Over You_Kosoko Jackson

I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson | Learn by Timothy Bell Reese

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Penguin Audio | 11 hrs.]

Timothy Bell Reese narrates a humorous but heartfelt pretend relationship romance. Kian Andrews is totally and utterly OVER Hudson Rivers, who broke his coronary heart three months in the past. Reese portrays Kian’s fixed overthinking and rampant phrase vomit convincingly and sympathetically, highlighting the comedy with out being merciless. Reese offers Hudson, Kian’s ex, an accent as thick and candy as Georgia peach syrup, making it straightforward to see why Kian fell for him, and why he’s keen to associate with Hudson’s ridiculous scheme. Reese delivers an enthralling and fascinating efficiency of this Gen Z love story.

City of Incurable Women_Maud Casey

Metropolis of Incurable Girls by Maud Casey | Learn by Hope Newhouse

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Vibrance Press | 3 hrs.]

Hope Newhouse’s delicate efficiency of this phantasmagorical novel lingers lengthy within the listener’s creativeness. Mixing truth with fiction, the creator explores the nineteenth-century phenomenon of girls hospitalized with hysteria. Fictional portraits and precise case notes from Paris’s Salpêtrière Hospital mix for a haunting research of mysterious occurrences, particular person company, and energy dynamics. Newhouse’s gentle, exact voice and welcoming tone instantly have interaction listeners within the girls’s private accounts. Her impeccable French additional will increase the verisimilitude as listeners wander amongst these remarkably resilient girls, their ghosts, and their stigmata.



Manifesto_Bernardine Evaristo

Manifesto: On By no means Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo | Learn by Bernardine Evaristo

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Blackstone Audio | 6 hrs.]

Bernadine Evaristo, creator of the Booker Prize-winning novel Woman, Girl, Different narrates her new memoir with an actor’s talent and an creator’s emotional engagement. Talking in an attractively husky voice, with beautiful enunciation and pacing, Evaristo mines her life to discover what it’s wish to develop up visually totally different in majority white England. The daughter of a Black Nigerian father and a white English Catholic mom, Evaristo was the center youngster in a big household that lived in an eccentric home in a working-class London neighborhood. Trustworthy, sensible, and infrequently very humorous, Evaristo is a fascinating and enlightening lady to spend time with.

I Was Better Last Night_Harvey Fierstein

I Was Higher Final Night time: A Memoir by Harvey Fierstein | Learn by Harvey Fierstein

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Random House Audio | 12.5 hrs.]

This glorious audiobook is a particular deal with for many who know and love actor, author, and director Harvey Fierstein. He narrates the e book himself in THAT VOICE. His singular, typically outrageous, perspective displays his artistry. His writing is continuously poetic, at all times awake and conscious, and his wit is with out peer. Winner of quite a few awards, Fierstein recounts his larger-than-life private and inventive triumphs and failures, continuously passing on the credit score for his successes to his colleagues. With wildly humorous anecdotes sprinkled all through (nobody can try this mixture of sweetness and vitriol fairly like Fierstein), this can be a must-listen.

In the Margins_Elena Ferrante

Within the Margins: On the Pleasures of Studying and Writing by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein [tr.]| Learn by Hillary Huber

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Blackstone Audio | 2.5 hrs.]

Narrator Hillary Huber’s luxurious voice brings out the poignancy of those 4 thought-provoking essays, that are wealthy with the enigmatic Italian creator’s insights and tales in regards to the writers who’ve made a major contribution to her life and our world. Huber delivers the fabric with a full-bodied resonance that accentuates the plush imagery in Ferrante’s concepts on ideas and the way they get onto paper. References to world literature that impressed Ferrante’s work and impacted the writing and success of different feminine writers are delivered with a melodic aptitude that conveys the mystique of language. A brief however lavish listening expertise for lovers of letters and literature.

Rhyme's Rooms_Brad Leithauser

Rhyme’s Rooms: The Structure of Poetry by Brad Leithauser | Learn by Kevin R. Free

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Random House Audio | 11.25 hrs.]

Poetry is supposed to be heard, and this detailed clarification of its pistons and gears finds its pure type as an audiobook. Poet and critic Brad Leithauser’s evaluation of rhyme and meter is designed for a basic viewers and is illuminated with a succession of sharp, ingenious similes and metaphors. Given a number of the best traces in literature, narrator Kevin R. Free is refreshingly plain and unaffected, performing with ease, readability, and precision. As is the case with an excellent poem, one can revisit the work many times, with revenue, pleasure, and rising appreciation.

Mister Rogers Audiobook

Mister Rogers — Now, Extra Than Ever: Tales for followers, by the followers by Dennis Scott | Learn by Tom Bergeron, David Newell, Maxwell King, Joel Dulberg, Cory Geishauser, Julie D. Saltman, The Cowsills, Jim Brickman, Kellie Pickler, Lee Greenwood, Jaci Velasquez, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis

AudioFile Earphones Award

[Hachette Audio | 1.25 hrs.]

Whereas he was welcomed into tens of millions of houses every day, this audio documentary about Fred Rogers and his “Neighborhood” examines his affect one individual at a time. Tom Bergeron, the lead narrator, serves as extra of a bridge between themes, introducing every space examined. The actual stars are the handfuls of people that speak in regards to the impact “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and its host had on them. Some entries are brief, just some sentences. Others are for much longer. However all are heartwarming and communicate to the truth that Mister Rogers was the identical individual on the display and off. The tales are participating and carry listeners alongside.



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