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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. By Jill Lepore. Read by Robin Miles. 2013. 11.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $102.75 (9781470384944).
In warm, cultured accents, Miles introduces listeners to Jane Franklin, youngest sister of Benjamin Franklin. Miles’ thoughtful portrayal illuminates Jane as a woman of wit and intelligence, in many ways a match for her famous brother.
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World. By Alison Weir. Read by Maggie Mash. 2013. 23hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781470376376).
Mash skillfully navigates Weir’s richly detailed and sympathetic biography of Elizabeth of York, imbuing Elizabeth’s relationship with husband Henry Tudor (Henry VII) with a sense of deep accord and compatibility.
Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed. By John F. Ross. Read by Edward Herrmann. 2014. 13hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427239235).
With sensitivity and empathy, Herrmann provides an enthralling narration of Rickenbacker’s remarkable life from immigrant child to race-car driver in the dawn of the automobile age, WWI ace pilot, and corporate leader in the fledgling commercial-air-travel business.
Little Failure. By Gary Shteyngart. Read by Jonathan Todd Ross. 2014. 13hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781449849368).
Ross’ stellar performance offers the perfect marriage of richly nuanced characters, powerful words, and witticisms in this heartwarming and often hilarious coming- of-age memoir that recounts Shteyngart’s rocky assimilation into American culture.
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History. By Rhonda K. Garelick. Read by Tavia Gilbert.
2014. 16.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $44.99 (9781622315314).
Gilbert’s masterful performance celebrates Chanel’s on- and offstage life from her impoverished childhood and girlhood spent learning to sew with nuns to her international fame as a designer.
Mandela: An Audio History. Read by Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. 2014. 1.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $37 (9781622314355).
Tutu hosts this compelling audio-only biography of Mandela. News clips, interviews, and vocal and instrumental music enhance the you-are-there feel and dramatize Mandela’s fight to end apartheid in South Africa.
The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. By Simon Winchester. Read by the author. 2013. 13.5hr. Harper, CD, $44.99 (9780062282811).
Reading in a conversational tone that reflects his infectious enthusiasm for the topic, Winchester creates a sweeping, informative, entertaining, and very human history of the U.S., focused on the men, many forgotten, who connected its disparate regions.
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. By Jay Barbree. Read by Michael Prichard. 2014. 11hr. Tantor, CD, $39.99 (9781494504021).
In an authoritative, no-nonsense tone, Prichard accurately reflects Barbree’s informative account of Armstrong’s life as an astronaut and, eventually, as the icon of the great American space age.
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. By Lynn Sherr. Read by Pam Ward. 2014. 13.5hr. Tantor, CD, $44.99 (9781494503406).
Ward’s captivating performance reveals the charming and courageous woman behind the inspirational astronaut and teacher in this insightful exploration of Ride’s public and private lives.
Yes Please. By Amy Poehler. Read by the author and others. 2014. 7.5hr. Harper, CD, $34.99 (9780062350886).
Witty and insightful, Poehler’s autobiography combines an account of her childhood and coming-of-age in the comedy business with pithy life lessons and advice, all the more enjoyable for being delivered in her own unmistakable voice.
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