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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Women's Fiction on Audio
After You. By Jojo Moyes. Read by Anna Acton. 2015. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9781101925188).
Struggling after the death of her lover, Louisa faces a new challenge. Acton perfectly embodies Louisa, the working-class girl with a heart of gold, finally ready for her second chance.
Driving with the Top Down. By Beth Harrison. Read by Orlagh Cassidy. 2014. 9hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427239426).
On a road trip to restock her resale shop, thirtysomething Colleen begrudgingly takes on her jailbird niece and an old college friend. Cassidy adeptly captures all three and their growing camaraderie.
First Frost. By Sarah Addison Allen. Read by Susan Ericksen. 2015. 8.5hr. Brilliance, CD, $29.99 (9781469222059).
Allen reprises characters from Garden Spells and dips into the intriguing Waverly ancestral history. Ericksen lovingly evokes this magic-infused world and the pleasures of sisters, family, and friendships.
The Girls of August. By Anne Rivers Siddons. Read by Kate Reading. 2014. 6hr. Hachette, CD, $30 (9781619696501).
Mourning a friend, three middle-aged women gather at the beach for a sun-and-swim getaway week. Reading adeptly depicts each character, subtly modulating tonal shifts in this emotionally gripping tale.
The Glass Kitchen. By Linda Francis Lee. Read by Julia Whelan. 2014. 11hr. Brilliance, CD, $29.99 (9781491530474).
Newly divorced Portia’s life is entwined with her handsome neighbor and his troubled daughters. Whelan mixes vulnerability and steel in Portia’s subtle southern drawl and convincingly portrays confused and grieving daughter Ariel in this warmhearted, food-infused narrative.
The Knockoff. By Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2015. 12hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780553551013).
Kellgren nails characters and tone in this laugh-out-loud story of a fashion-magazine editor struggling to balance work and family while battling her tech-savvy former assistant for her job.
The Rumor. By Elin Hilderbrand. Read by Kathleen McInerney and others. 2015. 11hr. Hachette, CD, $35 (9781478954682).
Friends and family drive this Nantucket-set domestic drama. McInerney embodies Grace, involved in a midlife affair, while Erin Bennet voices Grace’s best friend, Madeline, whose latest book exploits Grace’s juicy amour.
Shopaholic to the Stars. By Sophie Kinsella. Read by Clare Corbett. 2014. 12.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780385361729).
Starstruck Becky Brandon accompanies her husband to L.A. and is caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle while trying to start her career as a celebrity stylist. Corbett portrays Becky with humor and heart in this irresistible romp.
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! By Jonathan Evison. Read by Susan Boyce.
2015. 7hr. HighBridge, CD, $29.99 (9781622318957).
This revealing, acerbic account of recently widowed Harriet’s bumpy journey through life resonates, despite the author’s gender. Boyce captures the cadences of an elderly woman without descending into caricature.
Who Do You Love. By Jennifer Weiner. Read by Sarah Steele and JD Jackson.
2015. 12.5hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $39.99 (9781442388413).
Weiner touches the romantic side of women’s fiction in her story of Rachel and Andy, friends since childhood. Both narrators adeptly portray the characters’ longings and dreams in this satisfying, heartwarming novel.
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