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Symphony of Secrets

All mystery fans should enjoy Slocumb’s musical thriller, which is heartwarming as well as thought-provoking, especially given the outstanding characterizations and perfect pacing of narrator McCormick.

Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education

European history and literary history buffs should enjoy this colorful story of a life well and unconventionally lived.

Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

Anyone with an interest in the Shakespeare author controversy or academic research in general should enjoy Durkee’s colorful account of dark winters spent obsessing over “his homespun collection” of “mugshot bards.”

Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies: How Doubting the Bard Became the Biggest Taboo in Literature

Listeners, however knowledgeable of the Shakespeare authorship question or “his” works, should relish Wong’s engaging performance of Winkler’s spirited look at a hotly debated literary mystery.

Benjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American Family

Eloquently written and movingly narrated, Webster’s thought-provoking biography/memoir will likely appeal to anyone wanting insight into the United States’ divisive racial politics.

Hello Beautiful

Napolitano’s sophisticated but bighearted story about family and friendship, radiantly performed by Tierney, could be one of the year’s best audiobooks.

Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly

Anyone looking to revisit classics or broaden their reading interests will treasure Ojo’s and Nixon’s brilliant performances and Davis’s curated list of outstanding short fiction.


This playfully imaginative, enthusiastically narrated satire of influencers and the wellness industry would be a fun book club choice.

Murder in Haxford

Harrison’s performance alone is enough to recommend this breezy village mystery to classic mystery fans, especially those who enjoy cozy, character-driven whodunits that don’t take themselves too seriously.

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