This year brought us a diverse range of titles with some amazing performances. Here are a few recommended listens from our librarians.
FICTION & MYSTERY
The Bangalore Detectives Club / Harini Nagendra
Read by Soneela Nankani
For historical mystery and cozy mystery fans, armchair travel to 1920s Bangalore, where newly married Kaveri ends up at a party that instead turns into a murder mystery. Soon she’s investigating the case herself using her logical brain, talent for mathematics, and the medical expertise of her husband. (Available in eAudio from Libby/OverDrive.)
The maid / Nita Prose
Read by Lauren Ambrose
Molly Gray, a hotel maid quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception when she is targeted as a suspect of the murder of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black. This locked-room mystery reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart. (Available in eAudio from Libby/OverDrive.)
AUDIO BOOK/CD STRAUB
This time tomorrow / Emma Straub
Read by Marin IrelandWhen Alice wakes up on her 40th birthday somehow back in 1996 as her 16-year-old self, she finds the biggest surprise is the 49-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited, and, armed with a new perspective on life, wonders what she would change given the chance. (Available in Audio CD and aAudio from Libby/OverDrive.)
NONFICTION AND BIOGRAPHY
Fen, bog, & swamp : a short history of peatland destruction and its role in the climate crisis / Annie Proulx
Read by Gabra Zackman
A lifelong environmentalist, Annie Proulx brings her witness and research to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important yet little understood role they play in preserving the environment–by storing the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change. Fens, bogs, swamps, and marine estuaries are the earth’s most desirable and dependable resources, and in four stunning parts, Proulx documents the long-misunderstood role of these wetlands in saving the planet.
The revolutionary–Samuel Adams / Stacy Schiff
Read by Jason Culp
Jason Culp re-creates the world of the American Revolution in this biographical work on an almost-forgotten Founding Father. Culp moves smoothly between the writings of Adams’s fellow revolutionaries and Schiff’s brisk narrative of the tumultuous time. (Available in aAudio from Libby/OverDrive.)
AUDIO BOOK/CD BIO DAVIS
Finding me : a memoir / by Viola Davis
Actor Viola Davis’s memoir captures the voice of a woman with a fascinating, heartbreaking lived experience. She is the consummate actor and storyteller, perfect for the audiobook medium. Her voice is vulnerable yet strong, and the result is electric. (Availabe in audio CD and eAudio from Libby/OverDrive.