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Find more Top 10 Biographies on Audio
Biographies and memoirs, reviewed in Booklist between February 15, 2017, and May 15, 2018, introduce listeners to intriguing contemporary and historical personalities.
Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem. By Bill Nye. Read by the author. 2017. 12.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781501948992).
Who better to read Nye’s book than the self-confessed supernerd himself? With comedic timing and engaging enthusiasm, he chronicles events in his life while offering theories on nearly everything.
Grant. By Ron Chernow. Read by Mark Bramhall. 2017. 48hr. Books on Tape, CD, $75 (9780525529224).
Chernow’s elegant and definitive biography offers insights into a president of unrivaled decency and a general of singular vision. Bramhall’s dramatic and well-paced reading involves listeners in his life.
Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart. By Scott Eyman. Read by David Colacci. 2017. 13hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781681689623).
Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart met in 1932 and remained friends for 50 years. Colacci reads this dual biography in a resonant voice that conveys the feeling of two men reflecting on long, eventful lives.
Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family. By Kathy McKeon. Read by Aedín Moloney. 2017. 8hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781508229223).
McKeon’s memoir chronicles her years as Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant, hired in 1964 as a 19-year-old newly arrived from Ireland. Moloney’s lilting Irish accent captures the author’s self-deprecating humor and her deep love for the Kennedy family.
March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine. By Melba Pattillo Beals. Read by Janina Edwards. 2018. 4.5hr. Dreamscape, CD, $39.99 (9781520091426). Gr. 5–8.
Reading this powerful, personal look at the horrors of growing up in the 1950s under Jim Crow, narrator Edwards conveys the subject’s seriousness and makes listeners feel they are hearing a young girl tell her story.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Read by Ron Butler. 2017. 1hr. Dreamscape, CD, $14.99 (9781520087269). Gr. 4–7.
Puerto-Rican born Schomburg settled in New York City in 1891 and collected materials that became the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Supported by a musical soundscape, Butler’s voice mesmerizes and transports listeners.
Shadow Warriors of World War II: The Daring Women of the OSS and SOE. By Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis. Read by Kate Reading. 2016. 12hr. Blackstone, CD, $34.95 (9781504683746).
With a master storyteller’s skill, Reading immerses listeners in the lives of a group of the mostly unknown but courageous young women who became spies, couriers, cryptographers, analysts, and resistance fighters for the Allies in WWII.
Theft by Finding: Diaries, 1977–2002. By David Sedaris. Read by the author. 2017. 14hrs. Hachette, CD, $35 (9781478915768).
Excerpts from Sedaris’ diaries chronicle his evolution as a writer and reveal the origin of many of his essays. Nothing beats Sedaris’ wry delivery!
Trombone Shorty. By Troy Andrews. Read by Dion Graham. 2017. 1hr. Live Oak, CD, $12.95 (9781430125945). Gr. 3–5.
Bursts of exuberant music performed by Andrews add zest to his account of how he discovered a love for playing music. In his rich, evocative voice, narrator Graham expertly conjures Andrews’ personality.
Victoria: The Queen. By Julia Baird. Read by Lucy Rayner. 2016. 21.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $44.99 (9781681680743).
Rayner’s stylish narration depicts the character of Great Britain’s second-longest-serving monarch in a biography that delivers a fresh take on this well-documented figure.
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