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April 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio
Andersonville. By MacKinlay Kantor. Read by Grover Gardner. 2015. 37hr. Brilliance, CD, $14.99 (9781501257360).
Gardner masterfully re-creates the voices and stories of the characters in this haunting novel, which takes listeners inside Andersonville, the notorious Southern prison camp.
At the Edge of the Orchard. By Tracy Chevalier. Read by Mark Bramhall and others. 2016. 9hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781101924983).
Chevalier’s novel, compellingly read by a quartet of skilled narrators, follows a struggling American family through the nineteenth century in this family drama that provides an unsentimental yet loving ode to America’s past.
Belgravia. By Julian Fellowes. Read by Juliet Stevenson. 2016. 16hr. Hachette, CD, $35 (9781478941484).
Stevenson’s stellar narration transforms this richly detailed novel of 1840s London society from posh soap opera into enthralling audio theater.
A Hero of France. By Alan Furst. Read by Daniel Gerroll.
2016. 8hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781442399006).
In this dark and compelling novel of the Nazi occupation in France, Gerroll’s mesmerizing narration matches Furst’s skillful plotting and sharp characterizations and places listeners in the midst of the danger.
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen. By Alison Weir. Read by Rosalyn Landor. 2016. 22.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781501905629).
Landor’s intense, emotional storytelling elegantly frames the life of an extraordinary woman in a portrayal that imbues Henry VIII’s first queen with emotional depth and warmth.
Last Bus to Wisdom. By Ivan Doig. Read by David Aaron Baker. 2015. 16hr. Recorded Books, CD, $102.75 (9781470372071).
Eleven-year-old orphan Donal Cameron journeys from Montana to Wisconsin by bus in 1951 in this road-trip coming-of-age novel. Baker’s narration reflects the heartwarming tone and the rich variety of regional dialects and jargon.
Lincoln in the Bardo. By George Saunders. Read by Nick Offerman and others. 2017. 7.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $35 (9780553397598).
A cast of 166 voices portrays characters living and dead in Oak Hill Cemetery in 1862. Factual quotes from Lincoln’s contemporaries and flashbacks provide historical context as President Lincoln grieves for his son, Willie.
The Relic Master. By Christopher Buckley. Read by James Langton.
2015. 11hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, DD, $23.99 (9781442394476).
Authentic historical details and personages fill this comic romp, which follows a trader of religious relics in 1517 Europe. Langton manages the diverse voices and the elaborate caper plot with spot-on accents and excellent comic timing.
The Summer before the War. By Helen Simonson. Read by Fiona Hardingham. 2016. 16hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9781101888599).
In the summer of 1914, the sleepy village of Rye stands as a microcosm for British society. Hardingham’s lively British accent and silky cadence reflect the changes in life there, as rumors of war become tragedies that affect the citizens.
The Underground Railroad. By Colson Whitehead. Read by Bahni Turpin.
2016. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781524736279).
Whitehead’s unsettling exploration of slavery in the antebellum South evokes the harsh realities of a slave’s life. Turpin’s haunting narration makes this intense, imaginative, and grim odyssey feel disturbingly real.
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