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*ACID. By Emma Pass. Read by Fiona Hardingham with Nicholas Guy Smith and Suzan Crowley. Listening Library, $55.
The brutal police state ACID rules all, so when Jenna is broken out of prison by a rebel group, she has to fight to survive as ACID’s most-wanted fugitive. Unique ACID reports and recordings read by Smith and Hardingham’s excellent pace combine with her authentic teen voice to highlight this exciting story.
*Curtsies and Conspiracies. By Gail Carriger. Read by Moira Quick. Hachette Audio, $22.98.
In the second installment of the Finishing School series, Sophronia and her classmates use their training to search for a dangerous device that may have fallen into the wrong hands. Quick’s lively narration highlights the wit and humor in Carriger’s story.
*Define Normal. By Julie Anne Peters. Read by Christine Lakin. Hachette, $17.98.
After being assigned as a peer counselor to pierced, black lipstick–wearing Jasmine, the last thing Antonia expects is to find a friend. Lakin’s natural voicing and great pacing uplift this relevant and timeless novel.
Divided We Fall. By Trent Reedy. Read by Andrew Eiden and others. Scholastic Audio, $20.99.
When high-school senior and National Guardsman Daniel is put on the front lines of a controversial showdown with protesters, he gets caught up in a scandal that pits his state against his country. Eiden’s strong performance is complemented by a cast of narrators who bring to life online message boards, TV and radio programs, songs, and political speeches.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters. By Laini Taylor. Read by Khristine Hvam. Hachette Audio, $26.
Having just begun to mend their own fragile relationship, Karou and Akiva must unite the warring chimaera and seraphim forces in order to battle ruthless emperor Jael, whose army threatens to destroy the entire human world. Deft narration by Hvam embodies an astonishing array of characters and makes Taylor’s rich, lyrical prose beautiful and compelling.
*Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders. By Geoff Herbach. Read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance Audio, $19.99.
Gabe wages war when vending-machine money promised to the marching band is diverted to the cheerleading squad. Funny, fast, and angst-filled narration by Podehl takes listeners on a wild ride as Gabe retells his story.
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! By Tim Federle. Read by the author. Simon & Schuster, $29.99.
Nate is back and headed to Broadway with a part in E.T.: The Musical, but drama follows as Nate has to navigate power-hungry stars, rigorous rehearsals, and a strange secret admirer. Federle infuses Nate and the supporting characters with so much life that listeners can’t help but be charmed by this coming-of-age story. A 2015 Odyssey Honor Audiobook.
*Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. By A. S. King. Read by Christine Lakin. Hachette Audio, $21.98; Blackstone Audiobooks, $90.99.
When Glory and her friend Ellie drink the remains of a desiccated bat, they find themselves able to see the future and the past, and Glory begins to reconsider her assumption that she’s destined to die young. Lakin’s nuanced narration explores Glory’s anger, grief, confusion, and hope.
*Half Bad. By Sally Green. Read by Carl Prekopp. Penguin Audio, $29.95; Recorded Books, $77.75.
Born an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father, Nathan struggles with his mixed heritage and is sought by the camps of both black and white witches. Through Prekopp’s emotive performance, listeners are drawn into Nathan’s horrible torture and physical and emotional pain.
Hollow City. By Ransom Riggs. Read by Kirby Heyborne. Blackstone Audio, $90.
Having just escaped the utter destruction of their home, the bedraggled gang of peculiar children embark on a desperate mission to rescue their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. Heyborne’s superb narration captures the children’s terror and determination as they continue their quest, despite the monstrous creatures that pursue them.
The Impossible Knife of Memory. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Read by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels. Brilliance Audio, $59.97.
Hayley and her veteran father return to his hometown, but life at a new school and the ever-increasing severity of her father’s PTSD make Hayley’s life unpredictable and uncontrollable. Daniels’ brief, tortured flashbacks are haunting and memorable, while Whelan completely disappears into Hayley’s sarcasm and vulnerability.
Jackaby. By William Ritter. Read by Nicola Barber. HighBridge Audio, $66.
Starting anew, Abigail Rook becomes the assistant of odd Mr. Jackaby, who claims to solve paranormal mysteries, and a murder investigation quickly ensues. Barber’s crisp diction and regional accents animate the characters in this blend of history, mystery, and the supernatural.
The Killing Woods. By Lucy Christopher. Read by Fiona Hardingham and Shaun Grindell. Blackstone Audio, $105.
In this dark and captivating tale of murder, betrayal, and a game gone wrong, Emily and Damon are inexorably drawn together, both driven to discover the truth. Hardingham and Grindell masterfully capture the raw pain and devastation that fuel Damon and Emily.
*Love Letters to the Dead. By Ava Dellaira. Read by Julia Whelan. Brilliance Audio, $64.97.
While she grieves her sister’s death, high-school freshman Laurel writes letters to famous dead people ranging from Kurt Cobain to Amelia Earhart. Whelan’s tender characterization of Laurel and her friends brings authenticity to this contemporary story of friendship, love, and loss.
Noggin. By John Corey Whaley. Read by Kirby Heyborne. Simon & Schuster, $29.99.
After having his head removed and frozen until a time when it could be attached to a healthy body, Travis wakes up to find his life has moved on without him. In his standout narration Heyborne excels at conveying the quiet, tender moments of Travis’ story.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. By Steve Sheinkin. Read by Dominic Hoffman. Listening Library, $27.
In this true but little-known story, 50 black sailors chose to defy the navy by refusing to return to duty after an explosion killed 320 servicemen at Port Chicago during WWII. In his even-tempered voice, Hoffman distinguishes the story of each character and conveys what happened in this emotional and important episode in U.S. history.
Raging Star. By Moira Young. Read by Heather Lind. Simon & Schuster, $23.99.
Saba and her band of rebels wage a guerrilla war against De Malo, who promises a utopia for his followers—and death for everyone else. In a low register and with gravitas, Lind’s narration captures the essence of this western dystopia.
Rebel Belle. By Rachel Hawkins. Read by Amy Rubinate. Dreamscape, $29.99.
Southern belle Harper Price is more concerned with making the perfect presentation at her upcoming cotillion than with her supernatural destiny as a paladin. Listeners will delight in Rubinate’s just-right southern drawl as well as her perfect blend of suspense and humor.
*Revolution. By Deborah Wiles. Read by Stacey Aswad and others. Listening Library, $50.
Twelve-year-old Sunny’s life changes forever when volunteers descend upon her Mississippi hometown in the summer of 1964, causing her to question her long-held beliefs and assumptions. A wide cast of narrators and accompanying effects create a powerful soundscape that will transport listeners to the Freedom Summer.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. By Julie Berry. Read by Jayne Entwistle. Listening Library, $45.
The girls of St. Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies seize their chance for freedom and independence when faced with the sudden death of their imperious headmistress. With gentleness and precision, Entwistle brings forth the acerbic wit and unique personalities that populate this wicked cozy mystery. A 2015 Odyssey Honor Audiobook.
The Shadows. By Megan Chance. Read by Karen Peakes. Brilliance Audio, $14.99.
Grace’s marriage to childhood friend Patrick Devlin may be the only way to save her impoverished family, but when Patrick’s Irish club uses old magic to awaken long-sleeping warriors, Grace is drawn into an epic battle. Peakes’ accents and compelling pacing drive this exciting, romantic story.
*Skink: No Surrender. By Carl Hiaasen. Read by Kirby Heyborne. Listening Library, $40.
When his cousin Malley runs off with a stranger, Richard and Skink, the one-eyed, eccentric ex-governor, must journey into the backwoods of Florida to save her. Heyborne narrates this audiobook flawlessly, coupling a wide range of character voices with an appropriate amount of intensity and humor.
Sway. By Kat Spears. Read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance Audio, $54.97.
Sway knows how to manipulate people, so when he is hired to help Ken win Bridget’s heart, problems emerge when he falls for her, too. Podehl is the perfect fit for Sway, who is wily and snarky, yet he is also able to round out this full cast of diverse characters.
Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher. By Jon Meacham. Read by Edward Herrmann. Books on Tape, $30.
Thomas Jefferson’s life and political career are warmly narrated by Herrmann in this entertaining, all-encompassing biography. This polished and accessible production includes seamlessly integrated quotes and sidebars.
We Were Liars. By E. Lockhart. Read by Ariadne Meyers. Listening Library, $35.
Two summers after a mysterious accident that led to her debilitating migraines, Cadence returns to her family’s private island. The poetic text is elevated by Meyers’ emotional narration, which captures Cadence’s confusion and pain as she seeks the truth about her injuries.
When I Was the Greatest. By Jason Reynolds. Read by J. B. Adkins. Listening Library, $50.
Fifteen-year-old Ali is making his way in a tough neighborhood, but everything starts going wrong once he is invited to a big-time, high-stakes party. Adkins brings forth the humor and tension in this poignant coming-of-age story, where the ugliness and brutality of the outside world wars with loyalty, honor, and love between friends and family.
The Whispering Skull. By Jonathan Stroud. Read by Katie Lyons. Listening Library, $50.
Lockwood and Co. are back, but the struggling psychic detective agency’s luck takes a turn when Mr. Saunders hires the agency to get rid of the nefarious ghost of Edmund Bickerstaff. Lyons’ spine-tingling performance will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
White Space. By Ilsa J. Bick. Read by Kathleen McInerney. Brilliance Audio, $52.97.
In this densely woven tapestry of horror, several teens struggle to discover what is real and what is not. McInerney breathes Bick’s words into a three-dimensional beast that is sure to terrify and enthrall listeners.
*William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection. By Ian Doescher. Read by Danny Davis and others. Books on Tape, $40.
Join Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and more in this rich and unforgettable audio adventure, an adaptation of George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy that is told entirely in Shakespearean verse. This full-cast production will surprise and delight listeners with authentic music and sound effects, as well as passion and pathos aplenty.
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