Call us biased, but we think listening to an audiobook is one of the most special ways to experience a story. This June, celebrate our favorite medium by pressing play on listens that have the extra pizzazz that only audio can provide; we’re talking celebrity narrations, exclusive musical numbers, full-cast productions, graphic novel adaptations, and ear-tastic effects you’ll have to hear to believe.
When Jane Quinn is asked to play in superstar Jesse Reidâ€™s place at the Bayleen Island Folk Festival, a star is born. Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?
Lin-Manuel Mirandaâ€™s new audiobook gives listeners an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara AlegrĂa Hudes. In the Heights: Finding Home, narrated by America Ferrera, offers untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Mirandaâ€™s songsâ€”complete with his funny, heartfelt annotations.
Tarana Burke and Dr. BrenĂ© Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, cultural figures, and superstar narrators to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience in You Are Your Best Thing.
In Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile takes listeners through the events of her life that shaped her art. Exclusive to the audio production, Brandi recorded more than 30 new stripped-down, solo renditions of the songs featured in the book, including her own and songs from artists whoâ€™ve inspired her, from Dolly Parton to Elton John, Leonard Cohen and more.
Oak Flat tells the story of three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation. The audiobook adaptation of the graphic novel, read by the author and a full cast, is a mesmerizing narrative about the resilience of Native peoples.
â€śAccompanied by a stunning pdf of Redniss’s creations, this work of art celebrates the Apache culture, and the singular voices of the Apache people sound authentic.â€ť–AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
High school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. Five years later, Pip Fitz-Amobi decides to reexamine the case with the help of Ravi, Salâ€™s brother. But soon the pair discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocentâ€¦and the line between past and present begins to blur. With inventive production value and narrated by a full cast, this series is not to be missed.
The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming tale about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby
â€śFull of the best kind of punk-rock energy, narrator Almarie Guerra and a full cast take listeners on a rollicking ride around the roller derby track. This much loved graphic novel comes to life with bright voices and sound effects, including tumbles, bottles of hair dye, and lots of roller skates.â€ť â€”AudioFile