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Best Audiobooks of 2021

Apples never fall / Liane Moriarty
Read by Caroline Lee. 
A family of tennis stars debate whether or not to report their mother as missing because it would implicate their father in the new novel by the New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies. (Also available on AUDIO BOOK/CD.)

Black, white, and the Grey : the story of an unexpected friendship and a beloved restaurant / Mashama Bailey
Read by John O. Morisano
A story about the trials and triumphs of a Black chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island, who built a relationship and a restaurant in the Deep South, hoping to bridge biases and get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture.  (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

Cloud cuckoo land : a novel / Anthony Doerr
Read by Marin Ireland. 
Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.  (Also available on AUDIO BOOK/CD.)

The four windsKristin Hannah
Read by Julia Whelan
A Depression-era woman confronts a wrenching choice between fighting for the Dust Bowl-ravaged land she loves in Texas or pursuing an uncertain future in California. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale.   (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive and on AUDIO BOOK/CD.)

Harlem shuffle : a novel / Colson Whitehead
Read by Dion Graham
Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked. To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his facade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time. Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn’t ask where it comes from. Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa, the ‘Waldorf of Harlem’, and volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. The heist doesn’t go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes. Also available on AUDIO BOOK/CD.

Klara and the sun / Kazuo Ishiguro
Read by Sura Siu
The first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?  (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

Matrix : A novel / Lauren Groff
Read by Adjoa Andoh 
Cast out of the royal court, 17-year-old Marie de France, born the last in a long line of women warriors, is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey where she vows to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. 

One last stop / Casey McQuiston
Read by Natalie Naudus
Cynical August starts to believe in the impossible when she meets Jane on the subway, a mysterious punk rocker she forms a crush on, who is literally displaced in time from the 1970s and is trying to find her way back.  This is a smart, thoughtful, hilarious romance. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive and on Audio CD.)

We should all be millionaires / Rachel Rodgers
Read by Rachel Rodgers
Rodgers–mother of four, attorney, business owner, and self-made Black millionaire–shares the lessons she’s learned both in her own journey to wealth and in coaching hundreds of women through their own journeys to seven figures. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

Crying in H mart / Michelle Zauner
Read by Michelle Zauner
This is Zauner’s searingly candid coming-of-age story: of growing apart from, and then back together with, her Korean identity and of forging her own path in the wake of a devastating loss. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up Asian American, straining to meet her mother’s expectations, moving across the country, and returning home to reckon with grief. She recalls treasure childhood holidays spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul and-now in adulthood-learning to cook the Korean dishes that revive and nourish those memories. She savors the unexpected solace of weekly trips to her favorite Asian grocery store. (Available in downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)