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Listen-Alikes Grouped by Auditory Appeal Shorts for the Time-Challenged THE ARRANGEMENTS Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, read by January LaVoy This 30-minute-long short story places Melania Trump at its center, with both author and narrator credibly portraying her as both privileged and lacking confi- dence in the shadow of her husband. Random House Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Books on Tape Library Ed.: DD MY TWENTIETH CENTURY EVENING AND OTHER SMALL BREAKTHROUGHS Kazuo Ishiguro, read by Kazuo Ishiguro In his acceptance speech for the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, the author offers a nuanced and engaging round of autobi- ographical storytelling across 45 minutes. Random House Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Books on Tape Library Ed.: DD A Single Narrator, Many Voices FAR FROM THE TREE Robin Benway, read by Julia Whelan As she often does, Julia Whelan here makes her performance of multiple charac- ters sound so individualized that it's hard to remember that this is just one reader providing them. Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD THE EMERALD ATLAS John Stephens, Read by Jim Dale In addition to the dozens of voices Jim Dale created and maintained throughout the seven volumes of the Harry Potter series, he readily achieves more here, including male and female, old and young, enchanted and human. Listening Library Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD, PRE Library Ed.: CD Narrator Pairs WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI Sandhya Menon, read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam For a novel written from alternating per- spectives, a pair of skilled narrators share the reading, pacing themselves not only to the written text but also in keeping with each other's delivery tempo. Dreamscape Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, MP3, DD THE IMMORTALS Jordana Max Brodsky, read by Jordana Max Brodsky, Robert Petkoff Here a seasoned and skilled professional narrator finds a partner in carrying the full performance in the author as narrator. The pair share complementary levels of intensity and energy, forming a listening whole. Hachette Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Full-Cast Performances MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL John Berendt, read by Dylan Baker, Laverne Cox, Barbara Rosenblat, Dion Graham, Jonathan Davis, Robin Miles For this true story that seems to follow the lines of a genre mystery, the full cast interprets the broad cast of characters to deliver a dramatic accounting. Metabook Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD IMPROVEMENT Joan Silber, read by Cassandra Campbell, Adenrele Ojo, Hillary Huber, R.C. Bray, Ramiz Monsef, Kate Reading Listening to this novel as performed by current audiobook narrators of the highest order dramatizes the plot's many and varied character connections while also providing a good introduction to the six performers. A listener might want to search for additional audiobooks by each of them. Blackstone Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, MP3, DD, PRE Library Ed.: CD Listening for the Rhythms of Language FOUR SEASONS IN ROME Anthony Doerr, read by Anthony Doerr The author is a master of crafting poetic prose and proves here that he can read it with all the rhythm heightened. Simon & Schuster Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE Robin Sloan, read by Ari Fliakos In performing this character-filled story cele- brating biblioholism, the narrator responds to the author's rhythmic word choices with an echoing beat. Macmillan Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD June/July 2018 n 69

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