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In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh

Once upon a time an Indian writer named Amitav Ghosh set out to find an Indian slave, name unknown, who some seven hundred years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexist with twentieth-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought […]

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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

This is not a new book, but I’m only now listing it because of the Earphone Award it has just received from AudioFile Magazine with this excellent review: Only those who were born in Tigana can speak or hear its name and remember their homeland. But a small resistance band begins to gather in hopes […]

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The Return by Håkan Nesser

From Publisher’s Weekly: Nesser’s latest contemporary police procedural, set in his Swedish homeland, is an excellent puzzler that will remind many of the Inspector Morse series. Nesser’s sleuth, Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, is on the eve of major surgery when a baffling murder case is dumped on his team; a mutilated corpse has been […]

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A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

From AudioFile Magazine: Simon Vance is an ideal performer for this tightly plotted and beautifully made story about a French family whose stress fractures have widened into chasms. Antoine Rey still loves his wife, who has left him for a younger man. His beautiful sister, Melanie, is turning 40 alone after a romantic breakup. On […]

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Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden

Recorded June/July 2010 for release in August 2010 – Tantor Audio From the Publisher: When Finn, a former British spy, is poisoned by a Russian assassin, his ex-boss Adrian, the chief of MI6, wants vengeance. He also wants answers—information that only Finn’s widow knows. But Anna, a former KGB colonel who betrayed her country for […]

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

From AudioFile Magazine: Simon Vance and Stieg Larsson are to blame for an exhausting 10 days in which I spent every spare daytime moment and most of each night listening to Lisbeth Salander outwit Swedish bad guys. Though I am groggy, I am grateful. This is a terrific finale to the worldwide bestselling Swedish series […]

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Earphone Awards History

Below, and on the next several pages, you’ll see all the books AudioFile Magazine’s reviewers deemed worthy of an Earphone Award.  There are quite a few and, although I have listed them below chronologically by year,  you may want to go back to the drop down menu above and isolate each particular year.

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Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

Read by Mark Bramhall, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, Simon Vance From AudioFile Magazine: Each of the stories in Kazuo Ishiguro’s first collection is told by a musician, and each explores the theme of music’s idealism and life’s harsh reality. This production uses four narrators to great effect: Mark Bramhall reads the first and last stories, […]

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The Runner by Peter May

From AudioFile Magazine: Simon Vance’s performance will leave listeners breathless in the fifth episode of Peter May’s China series. Vance brings his superior narrating skills to May’s police procedural starring the detective team of Li Yan, chief of the Beijing Municipal Police, and Margaret Campbell, a forensic pathologist who is Li Yan’s American fiancée. China’s […]

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

From AudioFile Magazine:If you’re in the mood for a heart-pounding morality tale, this is the book for you. This seventeenth-century classic has survived all these years for many reasons, not least of which is that it portrays Satan as a sympathetic hero. Narrator Simon Vance is equipped with a forceful British accent, which he uses […]

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