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New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From John le Carré to Adam Rippon

THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH, by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen. (Listening Library.) The Welsh actor narrates the second installment of Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy “The Book of Dust.”

DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL? (Things That Still Annoy Me), by Gary Janetti, read by the author. (Macmillan Audio.) From “Family Guy” to his own Instagram account, Janetti has been behind some of his generation’s greatest comedy. This book of essays is no exception.

BEAUTIFUL ON THE OUTSIDE: A Memoir, by Adam Rippon, read by the author. (Hachette Audio.) The retired figure skater recounts his coming-of-age journey from a home-schooled kid in Scranton, Pa., to Olympic medalist.

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD, by John le Carré, read by the author. (Penguin Audio.) The veteran spy novelist and former British intelligence official casts an eye on Brexit in his latest thriller.

LEGAL IMMIGRANT, by Alan Cumming, read by the author. (Audible.) The Scottish-American actor, comedian and activist offers songs (from Adele to Disney) and spoken essays on aging and what it’s like to be an immigrant.

Sometimes a book makes you reconsider a subject you’ve studied all of your adult life. THE SECOND FOUNDING, by Eric Foner, is about the three amendments ratified after the Civil War: to outlaw slavery, insist on equal protection and guard the right to vote. Thanks to lawless Southern resistance and faithless Supreme Court interpretations in the decades that followed, even those direct commands were never fully realized. Yet Foner shows that something much larger has been lost. The drafters of the amendments sought to establish a meaningful national citizenship protected by a powerful national government. Conservative judges tend to focus on unearthing the meaning of the original 18th-century Constitution, which had a more modest understanding of federal power. Foner insists that true originalists must also honor the larger meaning of the Reconstruction amendments.

—Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent

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