Awards & Recognition, Collection Development Audio Starred Reviews

With starred reviews from publications including Booklist, Library Journal, and AudioFile—your patrons will want to listen to these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about. Read more below to make sure these audio gems aren’t missing from your collections!

Books on Tape Starred Reviews (Adult titles)
Facing the Mountain
Author: Daniel James Brown
Read by: Louis Ozawa
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“These heartbreaking stories shine a much needed light on the way those of Japanese heritage were treated during the war, and Ozawa’s deft narration makes them even more compelling and hard to forget.”—AudioFile Earphones Award


Hour of the Witch
“This audio is perfect for anyone interested in women’s history, Colonial times, or a good mystery.”—Booklist, starred audio review

Also a LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author!
Click HERE to meet the cast of narrators for HOUR OF THE WITCH.

Effortless
Author: Greg McKeown
Read by: Greg McKeown
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“Audiobook listeners in the self-help and productivity section are looking to be enthused and inspired. . . His conversational tones in a delivery that pleads with the listener to slow down, make time for what’s most important, and redefine success, will console, encourage, and energize listeners.”—Booklist, starred audio review
My Broken Language
Author: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Read by: Quiara Alegría Hudes
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“Hudes is an urgent and unapologetic Latinx voice who pays homage to the ancestors, breaks silences, and embodies the resilience of Boricua women.”—Booklist, starred audio review

FUN FACT: Hudes wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights and later adapted it for the screen. She also reads on the audiobook In The Heights!


No One Is Talking About This
Author: Patricia Lockwood
Read by: Kristen Sieh
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“Sieh’s clarity, audible smiles, and raised-eyebrow-irony, along with perfect timing on the tumbling witticisms, enhance this inventive consideration of the human connection.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Listening Library Starred Reviews (Kids’ titles)
The Forest of Stolen Girls
Author: June Hur
Read by: Sue Jean Kim
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“Sue Jean Kim’s narration brings verisimilitude to a fifteenth-century Joseon (Korean) mystery that shines a light on the trafficking of young women.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
City of the Plague God
Author: Sarwat Chadda
Read by: Vikas Adam
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“The fast pacing, humorous snark, and outrageous action are underpinned with heart and emotional growth, making this a great choice for fans of Rick Riordan’s books.”–Booklist, starred audio review
Kafka and the Doll
Author: Larissa Theule
Read by: Adam Alexi-Malle
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The thoughtful production elements and Alexi-Malle’s careful and clear narration recommend this audio highly for the full elementary-school age range.”–Booklist, starred audio review
Milo Imagines the World
Author: Matt de la Peña
Read by: Dion Graham
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“Graham’s voice is large but has gentle robustness that embraces listeners and immerses them in Milo’s thoughts. Graham turns this meaningful story into a heartfelt listening experience for children and adults alike.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
The Blackbird Girls
Author: Anne Blankman
Read By: Kathleen Gati and Natasha Soudek
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“This sensitively rendered audiobook, so hopeful and brave, is not to be missed.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

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