Hello Audiophiles! As we head into fall, the Corgi are enjoying some cooler evenings at the park. Dylan prefers PERFECT weather (he literally complains about everything else), so he’s been living his best life chasing his favorite pink ball. Gwenllian still checks everywhere for her toad and lizard friends. She’s going to be quite the disappointed puppy when they hibernate for the winter.
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I’ve loved discussing audiobooks with you all and will continue to cover audiobooks over on Book Riot’s website, so stay tuned for that too! Okay, now on to this week’s featured audiobooks.
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On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton | Narrated by Robin Miles
Audiobook narrator legend Robin Miles performs the latest novel from Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. In 1950s San Francisco, sisters Ruth, Esther, and Chloe sing together in a group called The Salvations. Their mother Vivian never made it big, but she’s determined that her daughters will. On the Rooftop follows a family’s journey to stardom, success, and how the family’s direction affects each of them differently.
If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery | Narrated by Torian Brackett
Topper and Sanya immigrated to Miami from Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1970s. But as the decades pass, they and their two children are faced with obstacle after obstacle while trying to achieve the American Dream they were always told about. In these connected short stories, we follow their youngest son, Trelawny, as he moves through the world and faces financial disaster, homelessness, and an endless series of jobs.
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This week, I’m sharing two recent audiobook favorites, both nonfiction titles you won’t want to miss.
Writing Life by Annie Dillard | Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
I’d never read Annie Dillard before, so I thought that this was the perfect time to pick up some of her legendary essays. The audiobook is under three hours long, but she packs a lot into such a short amount of space. Her insights about writing and living as a writer seem to flow so effortlessly from her mind. But even while she makes it look so easy, she describes how she often agonizes over a single turn of phrase. Tavia Gilbert performs the audiobook in such a soothing way — I could listen to her read Annie Dillard for hours!
Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong | Narrated by Nancy Wu
I’ve been waiting for this memoir for SO LONG! Ah! So Alice Wong, legendary disability rights activist and editor of the anthology Disability Visibility, is back — this time, to tell her own story. In her memoir, she shares moments from her life in a scrapbook-like format with photos, transcripts, and illustrations (the audiobook comes with a PDF of those images, which she also describes in the audiobook). Nancy Wu performs Wong’s story and captures the author’s grace, resilience, and wit. This is an audiobook I will listen to over and over again. I’m so happy that it’s now out into the world.
That’s it for this week! You can find me over on my substack Winchester Ave or over on Instagram @kdwinchester. As always, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. For even MORE audiobook content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.
Happy listening, bookish friends!