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Find your next great audiobook on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine. Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile Editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. All in 6 minutes or less. It’s short, sweet, and just what your ears need. Got a bit more time? Listen to the bonus episode featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.

Find your next great audiobook on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine. Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile Editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. All in 6 minutes or less. It’s short, sweet, and just what your ears need. Got a bit more time? Listen to the bonus episode featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.

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United States

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Find your next great audiobook on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine. Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile Editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. All in 6 minutes or less. It’s short, sweet, and just what your ears need. Got a bit more time? Listen to the bonus episode featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.

Language:

English

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207-774-7563


Episodes

In conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Soneela Nankani

6/18/2021
In today’s bonus edition of Behind the Mic, host Jo Reed interviews Soneela Nankani, who was named one of AudioFile’s 2021 Golden Voice narrators this June. Hear how Soneela’s training in acting and her family’s storytelling traditions have influenced her narration work, what surprised her about narrating audiobooks, and the fun of collaborating with other narrators in multicast projects. Soneela Nankani’s lively performances are a joy to listen to, and she helps listeners connect...

Duration:00:29:32

ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston, read by Natalie Naudus

6/18/2021
Narrator Natalie Naudus brings a quiet intensity to Casey McQuiston’s genre-crossing audiobook featuring August, a prickly loner who tries to lose herself in New York City but instead finds purpose, community, and an unconventional romance. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this bestseller that Naudus narrates with an immersive and utterly beguiling performance, the perfect fit for a tale of queer joy, first love, and self discovery. August meets Jane on the Q train and...

Duration:00:11:19

TWINS by Varian Johnson, read by Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, and a Full Cast

6/17/2021
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly talk about the lively and fun full-cast production that brings Varian Johnson’s Eisner-nominated middle-grade graphic novel to life. Maureen and Francine are Black twin sisters forever being mistaken for one another until they start middle school and outgoing Francine, voiced with confidence by Grace Capeless, decides to run for class president. But the story is told from Maureen’s point of view, and Ahnya O’Riordan’s youthful voice captures her...

Duration:00:09:26

STAMPED (FOR KIDS) by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul [Adapt.], read by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

6/16/2021
How better to communicate this vital history of racism in America to young readers than to have the audiobook narrated by a peer? Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this STAMPED adaptation by Sonja Cherry-Paul, narrated by 9-year-old Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson with a lively and engaging voice that appeals to younger listeners. Her voice and delivery are unmistakably that of a kid, and she narrates short chapters that are ideal for listening to one at a time followed by time...

Duration:00:09:25

THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, read by Bahni Turpin

6/15/2021
Golden Voice narrator Bahni Turpin’s versatile narration pulls together the many threads in Nicole Glover’s debut novel, a heady mix of historical fantasy, magic, and mystery set in Reconstruction-era Philadelphia. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Bahni’s many skills used to bring this audiobook to life -- and so many other memorable listens. Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, once conductors on the Underground Railroad, now use their magic to investigate crimes in Philadelphia’s...

Duration:00:10:03

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry, read by Julia Whelan

6/14/2021
Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan’s immersive narration and Emily Henry’s rich prose draw listeners into this slow-burn romance. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Julia’s many narrating talents at play in this audiobook. Poppy is uninspired by her work as a travel writer and missing Alex, her best friend, after a falling out. She texts to see if he’ll revive their summer trip tradition, and Julia’s narration makes Poppy’s jumbled hope, anxiety, and joy palpable when he...

Duration:00:09:00

In conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Michael Crouch

6/11/2021
In today’s special bonus edition of Behind the Mic, host Jo Reed interviews Michael Crouch, who was inducted as one of AudioFile’s 2021 Golden Voice narrators this June. Michael discusses his entry into audiobook narration, the joys of narrating audiobooks for listeners of all ages, and what he finds most special about the profession. Michael Crouch has versatility and impressive skills with bringing characters to life on audio, and he has won numerous awards for his work in contemporary...

Duration:00:32:36

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Charles Perrault, read by Barbara Rosenblat, Georgia Lee Schultz and a Full Cast

6/11/2021
Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat brings her inimitable vocal energy and joy to every project, and this crisp production with original music is no exception. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this fairy tale that stars the fairies of SLEEPING BEAUTY,, with Rosenblat going full New Yorker for the good fairy Hazel and dripping with evil for the bad fairy Tormaleen. A curse is cast, a handsome prince is involved, and listeners can be assured that there will be a happily ever after....

Duration:00:09:10

MY REMARKABLE JOURNEY by Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Moore, read by Robin Miles

6/10/2021
Hear the remarkable story of Katherine Johnson, one of the brilliant NASA mathematicians who made the Mercury program a success, brought to life through Golden Voice Robin Miles’s skilled narration. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Miles’s engaging narration style, capturing the wonder, triumph, and grit of the author. Johnson tells her own inspiring life story, including her battles against racial barriers and her intellectual triumphs, and Miles makes listeners feel as if...

Duration:00:10:05

MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD by Matt de la Peña, read by Dion Graham

6/9/2021
Narrator Dion Graham conveys the dreamy quality of Milo’s imaginings, along with a weighty message, in his captivating delivery of this thoughtful children’s story. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Graham’s skill and evident fun in bringing this picture book adaptation to life. Milo imagines and sketches the stories of passengers he sees on the subway, but soon realizes the conclusions he’s drawn based on appearances alone may have been wrong. Graham’s voice is large but has...

Duration:00:07:23

WHITE IVY by Susie Yang, read by Emily Woo Zeller

6/8/2021
Narrator Emily Woo Zeller skillfully steers the dramatic plot of Susie Yang’s audiobook. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Golden Voice narrator Zeller’s skills in narrating this story full of twists. As a rebellious teen, Ivy Yang was sent to China after her mother discovered her shoplifting. Years later, back in Boston, she enters a relationship with a teenage crush, and just when things seem perfect, a ghost from her past threatens to undo everything she’s worked for....

Duration:00:08:10

O RUSSET WITCH! by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by JD Jackson

6/7/2021
Narrator JD Jackson exudes the perfect jazzy style for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb talk about the Golden Voice narrator’s skills at bringing this story about class and regret to life. Merlin Grainger’s entire life is a series of missed moments and frustrated hopes, punctuated by the mysterious appearances of a dazzlingly beautiful woman he dubs Caroline--but Merlin goes on to pursue a less fulfilling relationship with a different woman....

Duration:00:08:41

Celebrating Michael Crouch, 2021 Golden Voice Narrator

6/4/2021
AudioFile’s Robin Whitten and host Jo Reed discuss the remarkable vocal agility of narrator Michael Crouch, newly named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voice narrators. He is brilliant at helping listeners make an emotional connection with characters; he has a versatile voice, bringing stories to life with fluent accents, subtle shifts, and exceptional timing. Michael gives listeners a powerful bond with characters of any age, whether it’s capturing Simon’s voice in Becky Albertalli’s smash hit...

Duration:00:10:05

Celebrating Soneela Nankani, 2021 Golden Voice Narrator

6/3/2021
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss new Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani and her animated and lively storytelling style. Her clear connections with characters draw listeners into any story, helping listeners share all the feelings in roller-coaster romances like ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron. Her skills with accents mean audiobooks come alive with her narrations, and she has a special gift with the worldbuilding necessary for fantasy, especially for younger...

Duration:00:08:09

Celebrating Cassandra Campbell, 2021 Golden Voice Narrator

6/2/2021
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the many talents of narrator Cassandra Campbell, one of AudioFile’s 2021 Golden Voices. Cassandra does a spectacular job narrating historical fiction and is able to convey all of the pertinent details that set a story in time and place. She explores the emotional tone of each character, and her voice has a lightness about it that seems to convey her interest in and ease with the characters. Robin shares thoughts on recent favorites narrated...

Duration:00:08:56

AudioFile’s Golden Voices

6/1/2021
AudioFile is excited to announce three new Golden Voice narrators for 2021 — Cassandra Campbell, Michael Crouch, and Soneela Nankani. AudioFile’s Robin Whitten tells host Jo Reed about this lifetime achievement award that goes to the stars of the narrating universe. AudioFile has bestowed the Golden Voice prize on just 34 voice artists, including George Guidall, Bahni Turpin, Simon Vance, Edoardo Ballerini, Julia Whelan, and Scott Brick. The award celebrates an artist’s iconic role in the...

Duration:00:17:09

THE BUBBE DIARIES by Paula Span, read by Paula Span

5/31/2021
You don’t have to be a grandparent to enjoy this brief but compelling compendium of wisdom on grandparenting. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this fun listen from Paula Span, a professor of journalism and author who narrates her lively guide to grandparenting with warmth. She explores issues to help ease the transition into grandparenthood—the dilemma of what to be called as a grandparent, her battle to not be too overbearing, and new research into child safety. This...

Duration:00:08:13

JO JO MAKOONS by Dawn Quigley, read by Jennifer Bobiwash

5/28/2021
First Nations theater artist Jennifer Bobiwash captures the enthusiastic voice of first-grader Jo Jo Makoons in her lively narration of Dawn Quigley’s audiobook for young listeners. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed all the many reasons she loved listening to Jo Jo’s stories as told through Bobiwash’s expressive narration. Jo Jo is seven years old, proudly Ojibwe, and growing up with her mother and grandmother on a fictional reservation. She also knows how to get in trouble and...

Duration:00:08:05

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper, read by Rhett Samuel Price, Tyla Collier

5/27/2021
Dual narrators bring reverence and joy to Floyd Cooper’s audiobook about the June 19 anniversary known as Juneteenth. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this audio adaptation of the much-loved picture book. Tyla Collier’s youthful voice portrays Mazie, who is tired of being told “no.” Then, in Rhett Samuel Price’s deep, rich voice, Mazie’s father explains the story of their enslaved ancestor’s struggles and perseverance, and the joy of hearing about the Emancipation...

Duration:00:06:10

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED by Clint Smith, read by Clint Smith

5/26/2021
Poet and journalist Clint Smith’s debut work of nonfiction captivates as he explores the ways that we confront and reckon with the legacy of American slavery. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed of the power of hearing the work in Smith’s own voice, which moves with a poet’s rhythm as he takes listeners to former plantations, on historical tours, and to Angola Prison. Listeners meet those who are working to explore the gaps in our historical records and uncover the true history of...

Duration:00:07:30