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    THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by JD Jackson, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Joy Nash, Christopher Salazar, Karen Malina White

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 6:32


    Versatile narrators convey interwoven characters' perspectives in Tiffany D. Jackson's YA retelling of CARRIE, made more horrific by its themes of racism. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this story of a biracial teen, Maddy, who has been forced by her father to hide her identity. Karen Malina White narrates her perspective with full angry verve as she is bullied at school—and her secret psychic powers explode on prom night. Christopher Salazar and Sarah Mollo-Christensen portray two television reporters tracking what happened on prom night, while JD Jackson and Joy Nash convey the conflicting personalities of classmates. Collectively, the narrators ensure the story is clear and captivating. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. The first volume of Little Women was published on this day in 1868. Closely based on Louisa May Alcott's own experience of family life, Little Women has never lost its extraordinary power to move and delight: from the heartrending story of gentle Beth to the humorous adventures of tomboyish Jo, and Meg's vain attempts to cut a fashionable figure in ‘society'. Liza Ross narrates this enduringly popular tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE PALLBEARERS CLUB by Paul Tremblay, read by Graham Halstead, Xe Sands, Elizabeth Wiley

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 6:46


    Paul Tremblay's psychological thriller gives its narrators the perfect opportunity to exercise their considerable dramatic skills. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this horror story that opens in 1980s New England. Graham Halstead portrays Art Barbara, founder of the Pallbearers Club, while his sultry friend Mercy is portrayed by Xe Sands. Mercy's creepy penchant for taking photos of the dead in their caskets foreshadows possible vampirism to come. The narrators create a crescendo of horror, humor, and decadence. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Dramatic, fast-moving and brutal, George Gissing's highly regarded early novel The Nether World lays bare the reality of urban poverty in 1870s London. Old Michael Snowdon returns to the city with an inheritance that he determines should go towards helping the poor – but goodness and charity are not to play a part here. Everyone has an agenda, and scheming spreads through the story like a disease. Nicholas Boulton reads this enthralling story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    BAD CITY by Paul Pringle, read by Robert Petkoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 7:01


    Robert Petkoff is especially effective narrating Paul Pringle's scathing takedown of the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this investigation into the overdose death of Sarah Warren, who was entangled with the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine, Carmen Puliafito. His own editors at the Times didn't want him to run afoul of the University, and with Petkoff at the helm this no-holds-barred account makes for dramatic listening. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Macmillan Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Lucy Scott narrates Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim. Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss, both recovering from recent unhappiness, meet and quickly fall in love. However, over their new-found bliss is the spectre of Vera, Wemyss's first wife who died in mysterious circumstances. After their wedding the couple return home and Lucy really does begin to be troubled by what happened to Vera... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy, read by Jennette McCurdy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 6:41


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss Jeannette McCurdy's best-selling new memoir about her childhood acting and her abusive mother. McCurdy uses a dynamic voice for her mother's parts and a flat one for much of her own dialogue. Known for her slapstick comedy on Nickelodeon, McCurdy shares her dark adolescence out of the limelight. Years after her mother's death, she is now coming to terms with the abuse she endured. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schutser Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Russell Bentley and Ben Onwukwe read The Letters of Pliny the Younger. Written between AD 97 and 112, the extant letters give us a unique insight into Imperial Rome under the early Antonine emperors. Organised into 10 books, the letters reflect a wide range of topics, mirroring Pliny's own public and private interests. Among many other subjects, the letters also include an eye-witness account of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    FAIRY TALE by Stephen King, read by Seth Numrich, Stephen King

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 6:30


    Seth Numrich's narration of this latest Stephen King novel is moving and frightening in equal measure. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this fantasy novel involving a portal to a dying world and a mission to save it. Seventeen-year-old Charlie Reade befriends a reclusive curmudgeon, Howard Bowdich, walking his dog and being a good neighbor. When Bowdich dies, Charlie inherits his house and dog—and a cassette tape voiced by King with surprising information for Charlie. Listeners will be drawn into this audiobook by Numrich's intimate narration, which is like hearing Charlie himself. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Nicholas Boulton brings us The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov. In the Ukrainian capital Kiev, during the harsh and chaotic winter of 1918–19, life has become frightening and fragile. But the bleakness is offset by the resilience of the human spirit, and of the qualities of loyalty and principle – all embodied by the Turbin family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SHUTTER by Ramona Emerson, read by Charley Flyte

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 7:02


    Oglala Lakota and Mohawk actress Charley Flyte performs this supernatural mystery novel with the perfect balance of intrigue and suspense. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's contributor Kendra Winchester discuss author Ramona Emerson's debut novel that makes for perfect creepy fall listening. Rita Todacheene is one of the best forensic photographers working for the Albuquerque police department. But she has a secret: She can see ghosts, giving her unique insights into the cases. Flyte perfectly captures Rita's horror as she is terrorized by ghosts, and her narration creates an emotional intimacy between characters. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Recorded Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. This week is Banned Books Week. Maxine Peake narrates D.H. Lawrence's famous story about Lady Chatterley and her love-affair with the gamekeeper, Mellors. Banned for over 30 years for the explicit nature of its language and descriptions of sex, Lady Chatterley's Lover also exposes the dehumanisation of the mechanical age, and underlines the profound power of tenderness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GODS OF WANT by K-Ming Chang, read by Catherine Ho, Natalie Naudus, Elaine Wang, Nancy Wu, Annie Q

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 6:39


    With its stellar ensemble of narrators, this surreal short story collection creates an immersive listening experience. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's contributor Kendra Winchester discuss K-Ming Chang's collection of short stories, narrated by Catherine Ho, Natalie Naudus, Elaine Wang, Nancy Wu, and Annie Q. The narrators make each story shine, performing works featuring a chorus of dead cousins, a woman trying to survive a catastrophic flood, and the delight of two girls falling in love. The stories revel in the unexpected, delightfully surprising listeners at every turn. Together, the narrators make the perfect cast for the audiobook. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. This week is Banned Books Week. Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis is an extraordinary tale of imagination. A disturbing allegory about a young man who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect, The Metamorphosis was banned by the Soviet Union for being decadent and despairing. AudioFile said: ‘This unforgettable audio movie is vivid and disturbing, shot through with black humour.' Listen to Martin Jarvis's Earphones Award-winning performance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NIGHTCRAWLING by Leila Mottley, read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 6:44


    From the audiobook's opening line, Joniece Abbott-Pratt's narration creates an immersive listening experience. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Kendra Winchester discuss this impressive debut novel from Leila Mottley. Abbott-Pratt perfectly embodies the first-person perspective of Kiara, a high school dropout living with her older brother. Their father is dead, and their mother is gone, so they only have each other. With Abbott-Pratt's empathetic understanding of the characters, she creates one of the most moving and emotionally intimate audiobooks of the year. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. This week is Banned Books Week. Banned for challenging the orthodoxies of the day with humour and sly wit, Voltaire's Candide traces the fortunes of its titular character, a staunch optimist who experiences a series of hardships. Candide was Voltaire's riposte to the philosophy of Rousseau and others, which opines that all that happens in the world is for the best. Neville Jason reads this razor-sharp satire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    MAN O' WAR by Cory McCarthy, read by E.R. Fightmaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 6:10


    E.R. Fightmaster's performance is an example of the unique magic that happens when a great narrator is paired with the perfect book. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Kendra Winchester discuss Cory McCarthy's young adult novel chronicling a nonbinary athlete's coming of age. River McIntyre spends every spare moment practicing for the swim team as a means to escape their internal struggle with gender identity — but when they meet and fall in love with another nonbinary teen, they begin to imagine a better future for themself. Fightmaster expertly captures River's intense internal conflict with their gender and queer identity, voicing the complex emotional depth of River's experience. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Listening Library. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. This week is Banned Books Week. Controversial for its depiction of adultery and redemption, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter has been challenged as recently as 1977. It is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of 17th-century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an independent-minded woman who stands alone against society. Having given birth to a child after an illicit affair, she refuses to name the father and is forced to wear the letter ‘A', for Adulteress, embroidered on her dress. Listen to Adam Sims's Earphones Award-winning performance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    HAVEN by Emma Donoghue, read by Aidan Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 7:18


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's new contributor Kendra Winchester discuss a story of survival in 7th-century Ireland by Emma Donoghue. Aidan Kelly's performance expresses the complex emotional experiences of three monks who are seeking solitude on a deserted island. This historical fiction follows their story as they feel called by God to make a spiritual haven apart from the temptations of the world. Kelly's rich Irish accent takes listeners to another place and time, and his narration perfectly captures the rising tension. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Hachette Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. This week is Banned Books Week. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's poignant exploration of the true depths of human ambition has had a profound effect on readers since its conception in 1816, and has been banned on many occasions for its macabre subject matter. Daniel Philpott, Roger May and Jonathan Oliver read the tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who forms a creature from the body parts of corpses, thus shattering the perceived limits of scientific understanding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN by Daniel Silva, read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 7:33


    Narrator Edoardo Ballerini returns to perform the 22nd addition to the Gabriel Allon series. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss Daniel Silva's newest mystery novel. Former Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon is now retired in Venice, but when his friend needs his help, his newest escapade begins. Ballerini demonstrates his skill with multiple accents and languages, including Italian, and draws listeners into a globe-trotting tale of art forgery. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Between 1821 and 1826, the prolific writer and journalist William Cobbett travelled the countryside of the South of England on foot and horseback. Rural Rides is a fascinating account of his journeys, and depicts a way of life in transition, juxtaposing lyrical descriptions of the countryside with criticism of the poverty of agricultural workers. Above all, Rural Rides celebrates agrarian England. It is read by Peter Wickham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    BAD ACTORS by Mick Herron, read by Gerard Doyle

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 6:42


    Gerard Doyle narrates this latest installment in the Slough House series as the group of screw-up spies attempt to prevent a scandal. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss Doyle's narration of this 8th installment in Herron's series. The disappearance of a think-tank specialist has MI5 racing to find her. Doyle's narration matches Herron's satirical spy thriller with aplomb. Ideal for fans and newcomers alike—and those who enjoy the Slow Horses television series. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Recorded Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Georgina Sutton gives a vivid and captivating reading of Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu. The sinister Madame de Rougierre is employed as governess to the young Maud Ruthven, bringing with her a dark cloud of impending doom that hangs over the whole household. The governess eventually leaves, in possession of a dark secret, but that is not the end of her, much to Maud's dismay… Occupying the world of spirits, kidnapping and old secrets, Le Fanu's sensation novel is a chilling and ground-breaking psychological thriller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck, read by Jason Culp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 7:22


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss the fun of listening to Jason Culp narrating this tale of an unusual journey. Flatboats were once the most common craft on America's rivers, but when Rinker Buck took his down the Monongahela, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans in 2016—as he recounts in this audiobook—it was an object of considerable curiosity. Culp narrates smoothly as Buck follows the boat downriver, and capably narrates the author's meditations on history, navigation, and human nature. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Dating from the third century AD, Artemidorus' The Interpretation of Dreams is the only dream-book from Graeco-Roman antiquity that has survived intact. It represents the most influential pre-Freudian treatment of dreams and the theory of their interpretation. It presents a rich picture of the Graeco-Roman mind, social and moral values, sexual norms, and the hopes and fears of ordinary people in a busy Greek city. David Timson reads Martin Hammond's recent translation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE RISING TIDE by Ann Cleeves, read by Janine Birkett

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 6:43


    Janine Birkett's captivating narration does justice to Ann Cleeves's masterful storytelling in this latest installment of her Vera Stanhope mystery series. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss the surprises to be found in this series, much loved by readers and television viewers alike. Detective Inspector Stanhope and her team arrive at Northumberland's Holy Island in response to an apparent suicide. When the death proves to be a murder, Vera must unravel the stories of the victim's friends, who are all hiding secrets and sins from the past. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Macmillan Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. The much-loved Bill Homewood brings us The Song of Roland, a magnificent tale of faith, honour, courage and treachery. It is the year 778. The mighty French army confronts Saracen forces in the bloody Battle of Roncevaux Pass. We follow the emperor's hot-headed nephew Roland into battle. We see both armour and bodies split by the blows of lances and swords, horses fall, and the heroic brotherhood of soldiery tested to its limit. The story builds to a nail-biting climax – when a single trumpeting blast on an elephant's horn changes the course of history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PROPERTIES OF THIRST by Marianne Wiggins, read by Stephen Graybill, Gabra Zackman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 7:16


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss this engrossing and majestic historical fiction audiobook set in California during WWII, when Japanese Americans were forcefully interred by the U.S. Government. It is an ambitious saga of family, romance, and grief poignantly narrated by Gabra Zackman and Stephen Graybill. It is a story of drought and water rights, a love story that revolves around food, and an examination of the devastating impact of the building of the Manzanar internment camp. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Listen to AudioFile's fourth season of Audiobook Break, featuring the Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma is a twisting tale of passion and intrigue following the adventures of Fabrizio del Dongo, a young Italian nobleman who dreams of glory on the battlefields of Europe and finds himself fighting alongside Napoleon at Waterloo. After returning home, Fabrizio becomes entangled in Machiavellian scheming, an ill-advised romance, and a fatal duel that lands him in prison, where he begins a star-crossed love affair with the ethereal Clelia, the commandant's daughter. Nicholas Boulton gives a powerful reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AudioFile favorites: THE MAID by Nita Prose, read by Lauren Ambrose

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 7:27


    This week we're reairing episodes featuring some of our favorite audiobooks we've covered on Behind the Mic. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss Nita Prose's zinger of a mystery with many possible suspects. Narrator Lauren Ambrose performs this creatively crafted mystery featuring Molly, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel who discovers the body of a regular guest in his suite. Lauren Ambrose is exceptional at capturing this propulsive story, giving listeners a sense of all the details as well as the emotional cues that Molly doesn't necessarily pick up on. All the clues in this murder point toward Molly — can she save herself by solving the case? Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Appearing in 1852, Basil was Wilkie Collins's second published novel. Anticipating Collins's later sensation novels, the plot involves betrayal, insanity and death, with a thrilling conclusion set among the cliffs and whirlpools near Land's End. Basil is read by the prolific and popular narrator Nicholas Boulton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AudioFile Favorites: WILD SWAN by Patti Callahan, read by Cynthia Erivo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 6:00


    This week we're reairing episodes featuring some of our favorite audiobooks we've covered on Behind the Mic. Hear host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss Cynthia Erivo's spectacular narration that gets the emotional tone of this story exactly right. She is nothing short of amazing as she narrates Patti Callahan's historical novella about Florence Nightingale. Callahan examines a few years of the famous nurse's life as she struggled with shedding Victorian expectations and fulfilling her calling to reform health care. The storytelling makes every detail and emotional point shine. Whether it's the color of a dress or the disapproval from a royal minister, Erivo connects listeners to each scene. An exceptional listening experience. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Audible, Inc. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Andrew Wincott narrates News from Nowhere. William Morris's best-known prose work, News from Nowhere describes a humane socialist future as experienced by William Guest, who is transplanted there from the 19th century. Set in London and Oxfordshire, the novel takes place in 2090, over a century after a revolutionary upheaval. It remains a distinctive literary contribution to the concept of the utopian ideal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AudioFile Favorites: STUNTBOY, IN THE MEANTIME by Jason Reynolds, read by Guy Lockard, Nile Bullock, Angel Pean, and a full cast

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 8:14


    This week we're reairing episodes featuring some of our favorite audiobooks we've covered on Behind the Mic. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this audiobook from Jason Reynolds, whose funny, smart, and empathetic writing meets kids where they are. With endless energy, verve, and style, Guy Lockard is a total superstar narrating this middle-grade novel about Portico Reeves, aka Stuntboy, supported by a full cast and a dynamic production. Portico, voiced by Nile Bullock, loves living in his apartment building, but every time he catches his parents arguing, he feels “the frets.” So, he and his best friend Zola, voiced by Angel Pean, come up with his superhero alter ego who can help save his parents AND defeat their bully neighbor. A unique audio experience that made AudioFile's list of 2021 Best Audiobooks! Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Gertrude Stein's pioneering triptych Three Lives portrays the lives of three working-class women in the fictional American town of Bridgepoint. A progenitor of the ‘stream of consciousness' technique later adopted by Joyce and Woolf, Stein takes us into the minds of three distinct women, who are each trapped in their societal positions. Laurel Lefkow and Trei Taylor narrate their stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AudioFile Favorites: THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan, read by a Full Cast

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 6:21


    This week we're reairing episodes featuring some of our favorite audiobooks we've covered on Behind the Mic. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss this unusual and absorbing audiobook full of interwoven stories from Jennifer Egan. Each performance is exceptional. Michael Boatman narrates the opening chapter, capturing the interior life of the enigmatic Bix Boughton, who invents a world-altering technology central to the plot. The time-traveling chapters reprise some of the characters from Egan's award-winning A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, but this novel has a wider timeframe, a greater trajectory, and a more complex plot. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Read by Andrew Wincott, Flaubert's Three Tales is a collection of three compelling short stories about faith, loneliness and love. Elegant and bracing, it is a rich, stylistic showcase from the writer best known for the perennial favourite Madame Bovary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AudioFile favorites: LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam, read by Marin Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 6:52


    This week we're reairing episodes featuring some of our favorite audiobooks we've covered on Behind the Mic. AudioFile's Michele Cobb tells host Jo Reed about the National Book Award finalist performed by one of her favorite narrators. Marin Ireland narrates Rumaan Alam's stunning audiobook that explores race, class, family, and global catastrophe. A married couple and their children head to Long Island for a family vacation. However, the owners of their rental house arrive unexpectedly after fleeing a blackout, and the two families—one white and middle class, the other Black and wealthy—cohabitate and try to figure out what's happened. Whether Ireland is focused on the character dynamics or omnisciently describing the terrifying events of the world at large, she delivers an unforgettable powerhouse of a performance. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Peter Wickham reads Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant's hugely influential treatise on the nature of human reason. In this engaging recording, the ideas and arguments in the Critique are put forward with great clarity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    TO FALL IN LOVE, DRINK THIS by Alice Feiring, read by Gabra Zackman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 6:23


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss how narrator Gabra Zackman has the rare ability to get inside the soul of her authors. She narrates Alice Feiring's memoir with an understanding of its combination of confessional dips into the past and its compelling journeys into the wine world. The merging of the elaborately talented narrator with the irreverent but essential wine writer creates a remarkable listening experience. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Laurel Lefkow narrates The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton's dazzling novel about a determined social climber. Wharton contrasts the pecuniary motivation of the nouveau riche in America with European ideals of tradition, and through her array of characters and subtle insights into society, she delivers a novel every bit as immersive and entertaining as The Age of Innocence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THIS AMERICA OF OURS by Nate Schweber, read by Fred Sanders

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 6:39


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss Fred Sanders's narration of the under appreciated history of Bernard and Avis DeVoto. He delivers the story crisply and thoughtfully, and his clear tone and eloquent delivery give the audiobook authority. Author Schweber unearths the story of the courageous journalist/historian who fought for Western lands and freedom of speech. He adds the companion biographical history of DeVoto's talented wife Avis, an editor. Together they fought the land grab of 200 million acres led by NV Senator Leo McCarran, and when Bernard worked to defeat the Echo Park Dam in Colorado, he ran afoul of Senator Joe McCarthy, who attacked him mercilessly. Both DeVotos left an indelible mark on our history. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Mariner Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Naxos AudioBooks. Published in 1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola is a gritty and thought-provoking novel of sexual compulsion and its consequences on the lives of four people and a tabby cat. AudioFile said: ‘Juliet Stevenson's nuanced performance of this classic tale of obsession lures listeners into a nineteenth-century Parisian storefront, where lust and shadows lurk… Her vibrant alto pitch, crystalline enunciation, and expressive reading enliven Zola's descriptive writing, sending listeners deep into Paris's underworld.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE LAST WHITE MAN by Mohsin Hamid, read by Mohsin Hamid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 5:05


    Author Mohsin Hamid's voice is pleasing and clear as he narrates this novel that functions both as a reflection and as a warning. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss this Kafkaesque story. The plot is straightforward: A white man named Anders wakes one morning with brown skin. Hamid's uninflected voice lets the story unfold without melodrama. When Anders's transformation is repeated by more and more people, they become unrecognized objects of prejudice. This allegorical fiction is invigorated by Anders's close relationship with his lover Ooma and their families. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Penguin Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    BITTER ORANGE TREE by Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth [Trans.], read by Raghad Chaar

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 5:02


    Narrator Raghad Chaar's performance of this audiobook is mesmerizing. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss the music in Chaar's voice as she narrates Jokha Alharthi's nonlinear novel. Her delivery of the many Arabic words and passages intensifies it, and her deft pacing and cadence give form to the memories and experiences that create the plot. The novel ties together the past life of the solitary narrator, a student named Zuhoor, and the vivid remembrances of her grandmother, Beit Amin. The author, winner of the Man Booker Prize, writes lyrically about the lives of women and girls in traditional societies. The listener comes away bathed in the poetry. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Tantor Media. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    WE ARE THE MIDDLE OF FOREVER by Dahr Jamail, Stan Rushworth [Eds.], read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 6:04


    Shaun Taylor-Corbett's decision to narrate these personal stories in a straightforward, thoughtful yet intimate manner enhances the testimonies of Native American attitudes on the climate crisis. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss this collection edited by Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth, which includes both criticism of the historical treatment of First Nations, and some optimism that our hyperactive, consumer-driven culture of the West can learn from tribal environmental knowledge (TEK) and the ways of earth stewardship from Indigenous peoples. Taylor-Corbett's calm, conversational tone is attuned to the nuanced calls for action that the audiobook's many contributors spell out. This audiobook provides hope and deserves a broad listening audience. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Blackstone Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    OSMO UNKNOWN AND THE EIGHTPENNY WOODS by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Heath Miller

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 7:06


    Narrator Heath Miller is entrancing in Catherynne M. Valente's adventurous middle-grade fantasy. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss the lively and engaging story of 13-year-old Osmo, who longs for an interesting life out of Littlebridge, and finds it in unfortunate circumstances. Osmo now must enter the woods with unwilling companions—Bonk the Cross, a skadgebat (skunk-badger-wombat), and Nevermore, the pangirlin. Miller creates a fantastical array of character voices for each and every being, human and otherwise. Osmo's voice is fittingly kind and soft-spoken as he ventures on his quest, while Bonk's Scottish brogue and melodramatic crustiness is improbably endearing. Miller's droll English accent expresses authority yet invites trust; the listener is willingly carried off to the fabled Eightpenny Woods. Excellent family listening. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SISTERS MATSUMOTO by Philip Kan Gotanda, read by Keiko Agena, June Angela, Ron Bottitta, Kurt Kanazawa, Suzy Nakamura, Greg Watanabe, Ryun Yu

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 7:21


    With poignant grace, Keiko Agena, June Angela, and Suzy Nakamura lead a stellar cast playing three Japanese American sisters finding hope, heartache, and hard-won humor. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this story of a family's return to their farm in California after four long years in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Hoping to pick up where they left off, they discover that the farm is in shambles. Listeners hear the pressures of politics and the impacts of racism and violence and the ways the family moves forward. The performance is followed by an excellent panel discussion on the internment camps with actor George Takei, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and director Tim Dang. Hear SISTERS MATSUMOTO and three more audio plays in the Japanese American Civil Liberties collection on AudioFile's Audiobook Break podcast, starting on September 13th. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by L.A. Theatre Works. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE ROMANCE RECIPE by Ruby Barrett, read by Chelsea Stephens, Natalie Naudus

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 6:36


    Chelsea Stephens and Natalie Naudus share the narration of Ruby Barrett's captivating listen for romance fans and foodies alike. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this romance set in the cutthroat restaurant world. Stephens narrates as Sophie, a former reality show chef who wants to be appreciated for her cooking skills, not her 10 minutes of fame, and is hoping to explore her newly realized bisexuality after a devastating breakup. Naudus narrates as Amy, who is desperate to keep her struggling restaurant open and prove to herself—and her father—that she isn't a failure. She also has a majorly inconvenient attraction to Sophie. There is a quiet intensity in both performances that helps listeners understand all that is at stake for both women, personally and professionally, and listeners will be thrilled to hear their journeys to happiness. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harlequin Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    HEARTBREAKER by Sarah MacLean, read by Mary Jane Wells

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 5:50


    Mary Jane Wells charms and delights as she narrates Sarah MacLean's latest adventurous historical romance. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this fun and romantic story that has listeners racing along the countryside with the bold Adelaide Frampton and the staid Duke of Clayborn. Adelaide grew up among London's most dangerous criminals, until she was rescued and drawn into the secretive world of the Hell's Belles. Now she uses her unassuming demeanor, quick fingers, and fighting skills to right society's wrongs. But she hasn't escaped the notice of Clayborn, and when the two meet, sparks fly. Wells is excellent at narrating this romantic and thrilling listen, capturing the lively spirit of the unlikely pair. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by HarperAudio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. https://www.bolinda.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, read by Gisela Chìpe

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 5:58


    Gisela Chìpe's performance of Silva Moreno-Garcia's audiobook is exceptionally touching. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this theatrical, action-filled retelling of H.G. Wells's ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, this time set in the Yucatán peninsula in the late 1800s. Dr. Moreau's daughter Carlota grows up alongside his mysterious human-animal hybrids in their remote hacienda among lush jungles. She's curious and intelligent, but hasn't been told the whole story about her father's work and intentions for the hybrids. Listeners hear the perspective of Carlota, along with the hacienda's British overseer Montgomery, and Chìpe differentiates between the characters beautifully, along with the many others, both human and not. It's an intense and engaging tale that combines science fiction with a coming-of-age story in a unique and captivating setting. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    INVISIBLE THINGS by Mat Johnson, read by Nicole Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 7:01


    Mat Johnson's allegorical novel gives Nicole Lewis the opportunity to shine in her portrayal of Nalini, a sociologist traveling to a remote moon. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this science fiction tale set on one of Jupiter's moons. Nalini and a ship of astronauts are abducted by “invisible things” and transported to New Roanoke, a community closely watched in a terrarium. Lewis's warm voice and dexterity with accents make each politician and community member unique. Listeners will be caught up in this mesmerizing story. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NARRATOR by Landon Beach, read by Scott Brick

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 6:19


    Landon Beach has provided audiobook lovers with a tribute to narrators wrapped in a psychological thriller and delivered with deep emotion and intensity by Scott Brick. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb have fun talking about this thriller that provides an intimate view into the mindset, challenges, and joys experienced by narrators. Brick's dramatic delivery draws listeners into the life of Shawn Frost, a failing playwright who now narrates award-winning audiobooks—and is kidnapped. A thrilling invitation for listeners to step into the recording booth. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Landon Beach. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 6:10


    Narrator Imogen Church adeptly plays all of the characters in this latest mystery from Ruth Ware. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss the story of Hannah, bookstore owner and soon-to-be mother, who is suddenly revisiting shocking events of her past in Oxford. Hannah's roommate, April, was the “it girl” who drew Hannah into her orbit—and who was murdered. When a journalist grows suspicious that the man convicted of the murder was actually innocent, Hannah becomes determined to discover the truth. Church stays engaged as she takes listeners into the past to discover what really happened in Oxford 10 years earlier. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NSFW by Isabel Kaplan, read by Stephanie Nemeth-Parker

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 5:47


    In Isabel Kaplan's timely audiobook, an unnamed protagonist encountered misogyny at her job as an assistant at a Hollywood television network. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss how narrator Stephanie Nemeth-Parker rises to the many challenges the book presents. She expertly depicts the protagonist's claustrophobic and virulent workplace environment, where she is sexually assaulted by another assistant. Her youthful and expressive tone brings added emotional intelligence to this tragically relatable story. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Macmillan Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CONFIDENCE by Denise Mina, read by Rona Morison, Jonathan Keeble

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 6:17


    Narrator Rona Morison masterfully portrays the numerous characters in Denise Mina's complex new mystery. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Michele Cobb discuss this European country-hopping tale of Anna and Fin, two mystery-solving podcasters searching for a missing livestreamer, Lisa Lee. Anna and Fin are contacted by a South African antiques dealer—and possible con man—Bram van Wyk, traveling with him on the hunt, and Jonathan Keeble's deep voice is well matched for the mysterious character.  Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Hachette Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE TURNING by Tim Winton, read by Humphrey Bower, Caroline Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 7:15


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss the celebrated Australian author's work, narrated expertly by Caroline Lee and Humphrey Bower. This collection of interlocking stories chronicles all that life has to offer, both good and bad, in a Western Australian coastal town. They are spare, emotional vignettes that focus on choices and consequences. Bower and Lee's voices alternate throughout the story, and are strong, clear, and emotional without being overwrought or dramatic. A unique listening experience. Tim Winton's audiobooks will be in discussion in an upcoming AudioFile webinar on August 22nd. Register for the event online. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Bolinda Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    HORSE by Geraldine Brooks, read by James Fouhey, Lisa Flanagan, Graham Halstead, Katherine Littrell, Michael Obiora

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 6:19


    Five talented actors honor Geraldine Brooks's fine new historical novel with unique and complementary performances. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss how each narrator establishes a clear style for their character and their story's era. Inspired by the actual record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, the story takes place in the 1805s, 1950, and in 2019. Listeners hear from the enslaved groom who cared for the horse, the horse's portraitist, a gallery owner, a Nigerian-American art historian, and a Smithonian scientist. The rich and layered story comes to life with the talented narrations, making a gripping, memorable, and thought-provoking American tale. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Penguin Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from BOLINDA. A world-leading audiobook and technology company, Bolinda publishes the greatest books you'll ever hear and inspire people to live their best lives through the power of storytelling.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    LUCKY TURTLE by Bill Roorbach, read by Brittany Pressley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 5:52


    Brittany Pressley's sweet voice is the ideal vehicle for Bill Roorbach's transporting novel of hardship, love, and redemption. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss this story that makes the wild Montana land feel alive for listeners. We meet teenager Cindra Zoeller in the 1990s when she's sent to a Montana reform camp. Soon, she and the camp's young handyman have fallen in love, and they begin a lifelong odyssey by escaping into the wilderness. The novel's bounteous lyricism, and its love for landscape and people, are delivered with heart-brimming appreciation. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Workman Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE VERIFIERS by Jane Pek, read by Eunice Wong

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 5:47


    Eunice Wong performs Jane Pek's debut novel with appropriate intensity and delicate humor. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss the unique energy that Eunice brings to the story of Claudia Lin. Claudia has just quit her boring finance gig and taken a position with a start-up investigating bad behavior in online matchmaking. Soon a mysterious client disappears, and Claudia is on the case. This detective story, rom-com, and funny but piquant family drama all at once makes for a delightful listen. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE MATCH by Harlan Coben, read by Steven Weber

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 6:21


    Harlan Coben's new audiobook is an edge-of-your seat gripper. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Robin Whitten discuss Steven Weber's Earphones Award-winning performance in this second installment of Wilde. In THE BOY FROM THE WOODS we learn the story of Wilde, a child found in the woods with no memory of how he got there. In MATCH, Wilde still doesn't know his story, but an ancestry website identifies a match for Wilde's father—who promptly vanishes. Then a cousin; same story. And then the bodies start piling up. It's very skillful, very high-octane fun. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Brilliance Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY by Becky Chambers, read by Emmett Grosland

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 7:13


    Emmett Grosland narrates with the perfect tone for Becky Chamber's delightful and introspective sequel to A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT. AudioFile's Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed about the joy of spending time with tea monk Sibling Dex and their always inquisitive robot companion, Mosscap. The two are leaving the woods behind and venturing out into the human villages on their moon, Panga, to help Mosscap understand the needs of humans. Grosland gives Mosscap a bright voice that suits the charming robot and captures Dex's exasperated yet kind tone as they try to guide Mosscap through the human world. It's a hopeful listen, full of humor, in a world that listeners will yearn to return to. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Macmillan Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AUGUST KITKO AND THE MECHAS FROM SPACE by Alex White, read by Hayden Bishop

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 6:17


    Hayden Bishop performs Alex White's symphonic first entry into a unique space opera that blends sci-fi and music. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss this audiobook that begins just as humanity is about to end — but fortunately, August Kitko steps in as an unlikely hero. A virtuoso pianist, Gus is unprepared to be scooped into a gigantic mech suit and thrust into battle, but his musical talents forge a strong connection with the rebel alien faction working to save humanity. Bishop embodies every character with engaging ease, giving each a distinct voice, and enlivening the action-packed sequences and witty banter alike. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Hachette Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong, read by Ed Yong

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 6:31


    Science writer Ed Yong is an enthusiastic guide through the world of animal senses—many very different from our own. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss the incredible examination of the multifaceted world of animal senses. Listeners join Ed as he visits labs, talks with researchers, and gets out in the field. He is a capable translator of scientific descriptions, keeping listeners engaged all the while. Listeners will learn much about the vast world that exists beyond our ken, and will be urged to consider the world through the eyes, ears, noses, and toes of our fellow creatures. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at AudioFileMagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THANK YOU FOR LISTENING by Julia Whelan, read by Julia Whelan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 6:11


    Author and Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan tells the story of Sewanee, an actress turned audiobook narrator. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly talk about the fun of listening to Julia narrate her own work. Sewanee grew up longing to act, but a tragic accident sends her life down a different past. Now well-loved for her audiobook narrations under her real name, she's called upon to co-narrate a final work from a favorite romance author under her pseudonym. She and her secretive male narrator connect over emails and texts, but when their identities are revealed, everything is questioned. Intricacies of audiobook narration are balanced with palpable emotion voiced in an impressive range, including swoony love interests, gossiping grandmothers, and more. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio Find more audiobook recommendations at AudioFile Magazine. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    WHAT SOULS ARE MADE OF by Tasha Suri, read by Alex Williams, Becca Hirani

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 6:46


    Alex Williams and Becca Hirani give impassioned performances in a captivating retelling of Emily Brontë's WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Emily Connelly discuss Tashi Suri's marvelous, haunting addition to the Remixed Classics series. A dark-skinned “boy from nowhere,” Heathcliff flees the Heights after hearing Cathy say he's too lowborn to marry her. Williams embodies Heathcliff's hurt and anger as he fights to forge his own life in Liverpool. Cathy feels endless guilt, and Hirani channels all of the character's desperation to escape her weighty obligations and the past that haunts her family. Suri's adaptation gives listeners perspectives on the minds of these two teenagers who are desperately in love, while also delving into their backstories and underscoring the impact of British colonization. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Macmillan Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at http://audiofilemagazine.com/ Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Bolinda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    EMBRACE FEARLESSLY THE BURNING WORLD by Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit [Intro.], read by James Naughton, Rebecca Solnit [Intro.]

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 6:50


    James Naughton has narrated several of the late Barry Lopez's audiobooks, and he performs in a deep, calm, resonant tone. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss how Naughton's distinctive voice and apt delivery suit these valedictory essays. The audiobook takes the listener around the globe and captures Barry the writer and naturalist engaged in field work in places “remote, elemental, and fierce.” The listener is treated to his forays to the South Pole, the Alaskan outback, and Africa. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Dramatized adaptations produced with a full cast, cinematic music and sound effects. Action packed audiobooks like you never heard before. Save up to 40% Off this month! Try samples of 1,600 titles now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SINGING LESSONS FOR THE STYLISH CANARY by Laura Stanfill, read by Graham Halstead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 6:02


    Graham Halstead performs Laura Stanfill's audiobook with the right balance of storyteller and conspirator. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss an immersive novel set primarily in rural France in the 19th century. Halstead narrates the galloping historical novel with just the right pace and intonation. Music runs through the text as well, as the family business of Heri Blanchard is crafting serinettes, small hand organs used to teach male canaries to sing. A fine and fun listen. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Blackstone Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Featuring a radically different audiobook experience of A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Save up to 40% Off this month! Try samples of 1,600 titles now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE ANGEL OF ROME by Jess Walter, read by Edoardo Ballerini, Julia Whelan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 6:51


    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss this audiobook that marks the convergence of two Golden Voice narrators with one of the country's finest fiction writers. Author Jess Walter's writing ennobles his characters, making the ordinary extraordinary. Edoardo Ballerini and Julia Whelan narrate these empathic, witty, and finely wrought short stories. Whelan sparkles with her persuasive style, smooth tone, and practiced cadence. Ballerini acts all his stories with restraint and veracity, performing with his characteristic empathy and signature evocative tone. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Try a new spectacular original super-heroic series available in no other format! TANGENT KNIGHTS by Christopher L. Bennett. The Full Cast Audiobook #2: Tempest Tossed is out now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ROUGE STREET by Shuang Xuetao, Jeremy Tiang [Trans.], read by Brian Nishii

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 5:40


    Brian Nishii gives Shuan Xuetao's three novellas a vivid, unforgettable performance. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss how these stories give insights to life in Shenyang, China, written in spare revelatory prose. Nishii illuminates the harsh existences of the characters but there's wit and whimsy, too. Shuang Xuetao is among China's most honored young writers; ROUGE STREET is his first work to be translated into English. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Recorded Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Dramatized adaptations produced with a full cast, cinematic music and sound effects. Action packed audiobooks like you never heard before. Save up to 40% Off this month! Try samples of 1,600 titles now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ by Morgan Talty, read by Darrell Dennis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 5:56


    Darrell Dennis narrates Morgan Talty's collection of interconnected short stories with calculated restraint, empathy, and a sure sense of the author's voice. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Alan Minskoff discuss this debut collection from Talty (Penobscot Indian Nation), a gifted young writer from Maine. Dennis voices central character David, who is Penobscot, with a convincing tone and careful cadence. The stories teeter from funny to sad, capturing the dark contours of life on the reservation, creating an isolated and insular world for listeners. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Recorded Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Featuring a radically different audiobook experience of A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Save up to 40% Off this month! Try samples of 1,600 titles now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In Conversation with Adjoa Andoh, Golden Voice Narrator

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 35:32


    In today's bonus episode, host Jo Reed interviews Adjoa Andoh, named one of AudioFile's 2022 Golden Voice narrators this June. Listen to their conversation to hear more about her career in acting and audiobooks, the power of acting, and the incredible success of “Bridgerton,” the Netflix series in which she plays the scene-stealer Lady Danbury. Adjoa Andoh is a well-loved British actor of stage, screen, and radio, and she has brought hundreds of audiobooks to life for listeners over the years, many of them winners of Earphones Awards. She has been recognized on AudioFile's annual Best Audiobooks lists for her narrations across a range of genres, including Lauren Groff's historical fiction MATRIX, Nnedi Okorafor's fantastical sci-fi REMOTE CONTROL, and Talia Hibbert's lively contemporary romance GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN. Learn more about Golden Voice narrator Adjoa Andoh and read reviews of her audiobooks on AudioFile's website. For the full list of AudioFile's Golden Voice narrators, visit our website. Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind. Dramatized adaptations produced with a full cast, cinematic music and sound effects. Action packed audiobooks like you never heard before. Save up to 40% Off this month! Try samples of 1,600 titles now at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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