Starred Reviews | Audio in Depth

The summer season of audiobooks shines with these starred choices.








Davis, Kenneth C. Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly. S. & S. Audio. Jan. 2023. 11:05 hrs. ISBN 9781797148007. $23.99. LIT

McGee, Ryan. Welcome to the Circle of Baseball: A Story of the Perfect Summer at the Perfect Ballpark at the Perfect Time. Books on Tape. Apr. 2023. 8:48 hrs. ISBN 9780593666678. $66.50. SPORTS 

Olivarez, José. Promises of Gold. Macmillan Audio. Feb. 2023. tr. from English to Spanish by David Ruano González. 5:44 hrs. ISBN 9781250884176. $19.99. POETRY


Abramson, Leigh McMullan. A Likely Story. S. & S. Audio. Mar. 2023. 11:03 hrs. ISBN 9781797150352. $23.99. F

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame. Chain-Gang All-Stars. Books on Tape. May 2023. 13:39 hrs. ISBN 9780593669143. $95. F

Beanland, Rachel. The House Is on Fire. S. & S. Audio. Apr. 2023. 12:28 hrs. ISBN 9781797145778. $23.99. F

Boyne, John. All the Broken Places. Books on Tape. Nov. 2022. 12:42 hrs. ISBN 9780593676820. $95. F

Engel, Patricia. The Faraway World: Stories. S. & S. Audio. Jan. 2023. 6:59 hrs. ISBN 9781797149349. $19.99. F

Guns, Priya. Your Driver Is Waiting. Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 6:26 hrs. ISBN 9780593666715. $66.50. F

Irving, Dionne. The Islands: Stories. Highbridge Audio. Feb. 2023. 6:13 hrs. ISBN 9781696609944. $19.99. F

Jackson, Jenny. Pineapple Street. Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 8:33 hrs. ISBN 9780593670637. $95. F

Lacey, Catherine. Biography of X. Recorded Books. Mar. 2023. 14:08 hrs. ISBN 9781705087725. $24.99. F

Laestadius, Ann-Helén. Stolen. S. & S. Audio. Jan. 2023. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. 13:13 hrs. ISBN 9781797155630. $23.99. F

McCauley, Jennifer Maritza. When Trying To Return Home: Stories. Dreamscape Media. Feb. 2023. 5:53 hrs. ISBN 9781666628951. $17.99. F

Moeng, Gothataone. Call and Response: Stories. Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 9:31 hrs. ISBN 9780593629031. $76. F

O’Connor, Joseph. My Father’s House. Dreamscape Media. (Rome Escape Line Trilogy, Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 11:17 hrs. ISBN 9781666623604. $17.99. F

Penner, Sarah. The London Séance Society. Harlequin Audio. Mar. 2023. 9:59 hrs. ISBN 9781488218415. F

Poeppel, Amy. The Sweet Spot. S. & S. Audio. Jan. 2023. 13:12 hrs. ISBN 9781797149806. $23.99. F

Read, Shelley. Go as a River. OrangeSky Audio. Apr. 2023. 9:58 hrs. ISBN 9781667076171. $67.99. F

Rebecca Makkai. I Have Some Questions for You. Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 14:05 hrs. ISBN 9780593670699. $95. F

Rehman, Bushra. Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion. Macmillan Audio. Dec. 2022. 9:22 hrs. ISBN 9781250868855. $26.99. F

Shearer, Eleanor. River Sing Me Home. Books on Tape. Jan. 2023. 10:36 hrs. ISBN 9780593675281. $85.50. F

Walls, Jeannette. Hang the Moon. S. & S. Audio. Mar. 2023. 12:28 hrs. ISBN 9781508279211. $24.99. F

Winn, Alice. In Memoriam. Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 12:38 hrs. ISBN 9780593664711. $95. F


Jones, Stephen Graham. Don’t Fear the Reaper. S. & S. Audio. (The Indian Lake Trilogy, Bk. 2). Feb. 2023. 15:04 hrs. ISBN 9781797141299. $29.99. HORROR

Kingfisher, T. A House with Good Bones. Macmillan Audio. Mar. 2023. 6:53 hrs. ISBN 9781250886361. $19.99. HORROR

LaValle, Victor. Lone Women. Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 9:12 hrs. ISBN 9780593611067. $76. HORROR

Stage, Zoje. Mothered. Brilliance Audio. Mar. 2023. 10:55 hrs. ISBN 9781799789888. $42.99. HORROR


Holmes, Rupert. Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide. S. & S. Audio. Feb. 2023. 14:13 hrs. ISBN 9781797149837. $24.99. M

Tudor, C.J. The Drift. Books on Tape. Jan. 2023. 10:50 hrs. ISBN 9780593452837. $76. THRILLER


Barry, Emma. Chick Magnet. Brilliance Audio. Jan. 2023. 8:51 hrs. ISBN 9781799799030. $26.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Clayborn, Kate. Georgie, All Along. Tantor Audio. Mar. 2023. 11:39 hrs. ISBN 9798765057322. $24.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE 

Comfort, Jen. Midnight Duet. Brilliance Audio. Jan. 2023. 11:32 hrs. ISBN 9781713663430. $42.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

De la Rosa, Liana. Ana María and The Fox. Books on Tape. (Luna Sisters, Bk. 1). Apr. 2023. 10:44 hrs. ISBN 9780593675861. $85.50. HISTORICAL ROMANCE 

Forest, Kristina. The Neighbor Favor. Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 10:07 hrs. ISBN 9780593675625. $85.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Kelly, Anita. Something Wild & Wonderful. Hachette Audio. Mar. 2023. 10:34 hrs. ISBN 9781668619612. $27.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE


Philip, Leila. Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America. Hachette Audio. Dec. 2022. 12:38 hrs. ISBN 9781549162848. $31.99. NAT HIST


Klune, TJ. In the Lives of Puppets. Macmillan Audio. Apr. 2023. 15:22 hrs. ISBN 9781250859266. $32.99. FANTASY


Asgarian, Roxanna. We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America. Macmillan Audio. Mar. 2023. 7:34 hrs. ISBN 9781250883629. $19.99. CRIME

Brookes, Adam. Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race To Save the Treasures of China’s Forbidden City. S. & S. Audio. Feb. 2023. 12:23 hrs. ISBN 9781797148090. $23.99. HIST

Grann, David. The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder. Books on Tape. Apr. 2023. 8:30 hrs. ISBN 9780307747518. $95. HIST

Jamison, J.R. Hillbilly Queer. OrangeSky Audio. Feb. 2023. 5:55 hrs. ISBN 9781667076126. $59.99. MEMOIR

Janega, Eleanor. The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women’s Roles in Society. Highbridge Audio. Jan. 2023. 7:33 hrs. ISBN 9781696610551. $19.99. HIST

Keef, Jesse. Thirty-Thousand Steps: A Memoir of Sprinting Toward Life After Loss. Blackstone Audio. Dec. 2022. 8:48 hrs. ISBN 9798212239134. $19.95. MEMOIR

Kidder, Tracy. Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell’s Urgent Mission To Bring Healing to Homeless People. Books on Tape. Jan. 2023. 8:42 hrs. ISBN 9780593677476. $76. BIOG

Popkin, Jim. Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed. Harlequin Audio. Jan. 2023. 10:24 hrs. ISBN 9781488218408. $27.99. CRIME

Shapiro, Ari. The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening. HarperAudio. Mar. 2023. 8:15 hrs. ISBN 9780063221376. $27.99. MEMOIR

Wright, Jennifer. Madame Restell: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Old New York’s Most Fabulous, Fearless, and Infamous Abortionist. Hachette Audio. Feb. 2023. 14:01 hrs. ISBN 9781549139413. $31.99. BIOG

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