Each year, RUSA puts together a list worth listening to, and this year is no exception. Hear a clip from two of this year’s acclaimed audiobooks, STATION ELEVEN and THE INVENTION OF WINGS.
RUSA Listen List
View the entire RUSA 2015 Listen List here. Learn more about the RUSA Listen List and view past winners here.
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
Read by Kirsten Potter
Emily St. John Mandel’s New York Times bestseller is topping every major award list this year. It was a National Book Award Finalist, a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites, an AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2014, a Library Journal Best Audio Pick, and an ALA Notable Nonfiction Book. Now RUSA gives you another reason to add this audiobook to the top of your TBL list. They said, “Potter lyrically portrays multiple characters across a nonlinear timeline in a novel that illuminates humanity’s interconnectedness after a pandemic. Subtle tonal variations and skillful pacing convey the urgency of the survivors’ plight. Can a traveling troupe of actors and musicians carry the future of mankind?.”
Listen Alike: CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS by Chris Bohjalian,
read by Grace Blewer (Books on Tape)
Listen Alike: THE DOG STARS by Peter Heller, read by Mark Deakins (Books on Tape)
Listen List selections now available from Penguin Audio:
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd
Read by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye
Author’s Note read by the Author
RUSA says, “Lamia and Oduye flawlessly dramatize the lives of pioneering abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke and her slave Handful in this graphic, luminous, and deeply affecting historical novel. Their seamless interpretation of Kidd’s characters evokes the shocking realities of bigotry and suppression in the early 19th century American South.”
Listen Alike: THE HEALING by Jonathan Odell, read by Adenrele Ojo (Books on Tape)
Listen Alike: THE LAST RUNAWAY by Tracy Chevalier, read by Kate Reading (Penguin Audio)