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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Women's Fiction on Audio
Skilled narrators depict women of all ages facing challenges in their lives and relationships in these audiobooks reviewed over the last year.
In this tender coming-of-age novel, narrator Hallett embodies young Julia and Cassie, capturing their concerns and confusion as they navigate middle school and adolescence.
Crossing the Horizon. By Laurie Notaro. Read by Hillary Huber. 2016. 14.5hr. Tantor, CD, $49.99 (9781515914785).
In 1927, a society widow, a beauty-pageant winner, and an English socialite vie to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Huber expertly contrasts these aviatrixes in this breathlessly paced historical novel.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. By Gail Honeyman. Read by Cathleen McCarron. 2017. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781524749705).
Despite the title, 30-year-old Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine, as McCarron deftly demonstrates with an array of accents and distinct characterizations.
The Indigo Girl. By Natasha Boyd. Read by Saskia Maarleveld. 2017. 10.5hr. Blackstone, CD, $34.95 (9781455137183).
In her excellent reading, narrator Maarleveld characterizes Eliza Lucas so well that listeners feel they know her and her struggles to succeed in a man’s world, as her tireless efforts make eighteenth-century South Carolina the center of a lucrative indigo dye trade.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. By Kathleen Rooney. Read by Xe Sands. 2017. 9hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427282378).
On New Year’s Eve 1984, octogenarian Lillian Boxfish, who made her name as an ad writer and poet, wanders the streets of Manhattan recalling her life. Sands’ expressive performance perfectly matches both Lillian’s character and the nostalgic mood.
The Little French Bistro. By Nina George. Read by Emma Bering. 2017. 9.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781524774219).
Narrator Bering’s warmhearted portrayal depicts the downtrodden 60-year-old Marianne, who lives a dreary life in Germany with a controlling husband but accepts a second chance to find happiness among the quirky inhabitants of a coastal town in Brittany.
On Turpentine Lane. By Elinor Lipman. Read by Mia Barron. 2017. 9.5hr. Dreamscape, CD, $59.99 (9781520065182).
Lipman’s trademark wit and warmth shine in Barron’s companionable recounting of Faith Frankel’s travails and triumphs as she forges a new life on Turpentine Lane.
Small Admissions. By Amy Poeppel. Read by Carly Robins. 2016. 9.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781681683751).
Relationships among sisters Kate and Angela and Kate’s two best friends propel this witty novel about finding oneself and one’s place. Robins supplies sharply articulated dialogue and comic relief in this superior take on chick lit.
The Women in the Castle. By Jessica Shattuck. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
2017. 13hr. Harper, CD, $27.99 (9780062657398).
Providing a perspective on women on the German home front, Shattuck profiles the wives of the men who tried to assassinate Hitler. Campbell draws listeners into these women’s lives with an authentic German accent and nuanced tone.
Young Jane Young. By Gabrielle Zevin. Read by Karen White. 2017. 8.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $34.99 (9781681687322).
Maine event-planner Jane Young reinvented herself after a disastrous affair with a married congressman, and all is well until her daughter starts researching her roots. White skillfully portrays four women—Jane’s mother, the congressman’s wife, Jane’s teenage daughter, and Jane herself—who, with humor and compassion, offer insights along the way.
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