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The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2022 selections of the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration. This award highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them. Full annotations and listen-alikes appear online.
Black Water Sister. By Zen Cho. Read by Catherine Ho. 11.5hr. Recorded Books, DD, $28.74 (9781980036036).
Ho immerses the listener in the culture and beauty of Malaysia before making the magic and danger of the book feel utterly real.
Broken Horses. By Brandi Carlile. Read by the author. 10hr. Books on Tape, CD, $85.50 (9780593340110).
Award-winning musician Carlile’s memoir has the feel of an acoustic jam session with audio-exclusives followed by an intimate chat.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. By Dawnie Walton. Read by a full cast. 14hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, DD, $23.99 (9781797118505).
The 1970s music scene comes to life via a full-cast performance that will have listeners wishing they could find the recordings of these legendary (yet fictional) artists.
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. Ed. by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Read by a full cast. 14hr. Books on Tape, DD, $95 (9780593343227).
Four centuries are presented through a range of entries by 90 writers in this one-of-a-kind collection with each chapter read by a different narrator.
Gold Diggers. By Sanjena Sathian. Read by Rama Vallury. 10.5hr. Books on Tape, DD, $76 (9780593394519)
Underachieving Neil struggles to meet expectations until he discovers a mysterious talent. Vallury authentically captures the rich and varied voices in this coming-of-age story tinged with magical realism.
Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods. By Amelia Pang. Read by Nancy Wu. 7hr. Workman Publishing, DD $31.14 (9781649040268).
Wu delicately reports the facts without over-dramatizing, maintaining tension and urgency throughout this compelling and powerful narrative.
The Office of Historical Corrections. By Danielle Evans. Read by a full cast. 7.5hr. Books on Tape, DD, $57 (9780593294710).
An all-star cast performs Evans’ insightful stories, which tackle a variety of subjects including grief, racism, forgiveness, and belonging.
Razorblade Tears. By S.A. Cosby. Read by Adam Lazarre-White. 12hr. Macmillan Audio, DD, $31.04 (9781250804808).
Lazarre-White’s narration gives characters in this crime novel distinctive voices, bringing humanity to this propulsive tale of vengeance by two grieving fathers.
Remote Control. By Nnedi Okorafor. Read by Adjoa Andoh. 4hr. Macmillan Audio, DD, $12.94 (9781250772961).
Andoh transports the listener to a futuristic Ghana in this brief but fully immersive techno-fable.
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. By Deesha Philyaw. Read by Janina Edwards. 4hr. Tantor, DD, $12.99 (9781705268803).
Edwards energizes this stunning collection about Black women confronting loneliness, sexual longing, self-confidence, and power as they are torn between religion and desire.
Seven Days in June. By Tia Williams. Read by Mela Lee. 10.5hr. Hachette Audio, DD, $29.88 (9781549104855).
Two teens spend seven intense days together, only to part under tragic circumstances. Lee embodies humor and heartache, voicing characters of all ages with nuance and depth.
This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life. By Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. Read by a full cast. 10.5hr. Books on Tape, DD, $85.50 (9780593418024).
Based on the popular podcast and narrated with candor and honesty, this full-cast production is challenging, enlightening, and entertaining.
When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today. By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. Read by Nan McNamara. 9.5hr. HarperAudio, DD, $26.99 (9780062973344).
McNamara’s narration exudes fascination and joy in this memorable tribute.
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