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Editors and reviewers from AudioFile Magazine give their recommendations for the best audiobook listening Monday thru Friday. Find your next great audiobook. Plus bonus episodes of in-depth conversations with the best voices in the audiobook world.

Editors and reviewers from AudioFile Magazine give their recommendations for the best audiobook listening Monday thru Friday. Find your next great audiobook. Plus bonus episodes of in-depth conversations with the best voices in the audiobook world.
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Editors and reviewers from AudioFile Magazine give their recommendations for the best audiobook listening Monday thru Friday. Find your next great audiobook. Plus bonus episodes of in-depth conversations with the best voices in the audiobook world.

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EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes, read by Julia Whelan

7/19/2019
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Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast host Holmes’s debut novel is the story of a widow who doesn’t miss her husband and how she builds a new life with a baseball pitcher who has lost his skill. Narrator Julia Whelan warmly explores changing relationships in this ideal summer listen. Published by Random House Audio. Read the full review of EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode...

Duration:00:04:18

RANGE by David Epstein, read by Will Damron

7/18/2019
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Epstein, a journalist who has written widely on performance science, wants to prove his thesis—Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. His ideas get a passionate delivery with narrator Will Damron as he encourages broad learning, contrasting this with deep learning and super-focused skill building. He uses anecdotes and superstar examples—Roger Federer, Leonardo DaVinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and more, including musicians and Nobel Laureates. Published by Penguin Audio. Read the full...

Duration:00:03:59

GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN by Gordon H. Chang, read by David Shih

7/17/2019
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The first Transcontinental Railroad was an amazing feat of planning and building. Thousands of Chinese immigrants building the western section of the link faced discrimination, daunting work conditions, and other dangers. This serious history shines a spotlight on the role of the “Railroad Chinese” in the building of modern America. Published by HighBridge Audio. Read the full review of GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for...

Duration:00:04:29

GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED by Marios Christou, David Ramenah, read by Derek Perkins

7/16/2019
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In six classic Greek myths retold, listeners encounter characters both famous (Odysseus, Icarus) and lesser known (Queen Lamia, Bellerophon). Derek Perkins deftly narrates these tales with a keen sense of storytelling—vivid and lively with a grand sense of drama and action. He’s equally adept at the “explained” parts—short essay after each tale with an overview of the myth. Listeners are reminded why the myths have endured through centuries of tellings and retellings. Published by Tantor...

Duration:00:05:15

BIG SKY by Kate Atkinson, read by Jason Isaacs

7/15/2019
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Fans of Kate Atkinson’s private detective Jackson Brodie will love his 5th outing with the audiobook narrated by Jason Isaacs, who plays Brodie in the BBC series “Case Histories.” Isaacs knows all the characters well and conveys a sense of easy familiarity in his narration. Brodie investigates the grim crimes of human trafficking and child abuse, but Atkinson’s keen plotting and wry humor keep listeners fully engaged and lightens the dark topic. Some of the hapless secondary characters get...

Duration:00:05:20

CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller, read by Jay O. Sanders

7/12/2019
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Revisit the classic WWII novel by Joseph Heller. Jay O. Sanders brings a friendly, earnest tone to a production that features a large cast of characters presided over by a paranoid and put-upon bombardier, Captain Yossarian. It’s an absurdist romp through the machinations of governmental bureaucracy. Published by Harper Audio. Read the full review of CATCH-22 at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode...

Duration:00:06:11

MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL by Adam Higginbotham, read by Jacques Roy

7/11/2019
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A nuanced and masterful performance of a harrowing audiobook. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones award, Jacques Roy narrates Higginbotham’s recounting of the 1986 Russian nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. A compelling listen that’s perfect for those fascinated by the HBO miniseries CHERNOBYL. Published by Simon & Schuster. Read the full review of MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s...

Duration:00:04:36

THIS STORM by James Ellroy, read by Craig Wasson

7/10/2019
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Craig Wasson mans the mic like a jazz poet in this second installment of Ellroy’s L.A. WWII trilogy that began with PERFIDIA. The audiobook sizzles with the slang and accents of wartime Los Angeles in a story full of murder, missing gold, and fire set against a backdrop of war and racist paranoia. Wasson delivers Ellroy’s lyricism while also presenting the harsh language of humanity's underbelly. Published by Random House Audio. Read the full review of THIS STORM at...

Duration:00:04:24

ZORA AND LANGSTON by Yuval Taylor, read by Bahni Turpin

7/9/2019
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Golden Voice narrator Bahni Turpin engages the listener with a complex biography of two luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. Explore the friendship and collaboration of writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes in the 1920s and 1930s. Turpin’s narrative skills stand out in passages in which she gives voice to the boisterous Hurston and mercurial Hughes. Learn more about their friendship, and their falling out. Published by HighBridge Audio. Read the full review of ZORA AND LANGSTON at...

Duration:00:05:19

THE PORPOISE by Mark Haddon, read by Tim McInnerny

7/8/2019
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Listen as the beautiful yet brutal powers of author Mark Haddon and narrator Tim McInnerny collide in awesome display. In a retelling of Shakespeare’s PERICLES, we meet Chloe, a young woman whose harsh entry into the world merely foreshadows an even more disturbing life to come. Once you begin on the voyage of this novel, you won’t be able to stop. Published by Random House Audio. Read the full review of THE PORPOISE at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign...

Duration:00:05:21

VIRAL by Ann Bausum, read by Vikas Adam, Ann Bausum

7/5/2019
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Essential listening for teens. In this well-researched audiobook, Ann Bausum lays out the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and Vikas Adam narrates with the urgency and sincerity required to convey the story. Young listeners can listen to be informed about this devastating history and the continuing crisis. Published by Listening Library. Read the full review of VIRAL at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On...

Duration:00:04:14

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler, read by Kyla Garcia

7/4/2019
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Kyla Garcia skillfully steers listeners through a story that leaps across decades. Nedda Papas is on a mission to save humanity by colonizing a distant planet when her ship’s life support system starts to go haywire. In flashback chapters we hear an 11-year-old Nedda breathlessly anticipating the Challenger launch, then devastated by its explosion. Then Nedda discovers that her father’s invention to alter the fabric of time has triggered a catastrophe. An atmospheric science fiction...

Duration:00:05:13

ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong, read by Ocean Vuong

7/3/2019
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A lyrical exploration love, pain, survival, and redemption. Ocean Vuong narrates his autobiographical novel with a poetic rhythm and a devastating delivery. The novel is written as a compellingly honest letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his mother, despite the fact that she cannot read. Vuong will keep listeners hooked as the main character, Little Dog, discovers what it means to be young, gay, and Vietnamese while growing up in America. Published by Penguin Audio. Read the full...

Duration:00:04:52

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France, read by Tan France

7/2/2019
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Queer Eye’s resident fashion expert narrates his memoir with the perfect cheeky delivery. Tan France speaks openly about the difficulties of growing up South Asian in rural England, the importance of fashion to his self expression, falling in love with his husband in Salt Lake City, and getting cast for Queer Eye. Fans will love listening to his unique accent as they get to know more about his road to living life on his own terms. Published by Macmillan Audio. Read the full review of...

Duration:00:04:29

Interview with January LaVoy Golden Voice Narrator

7/1/2019
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Narrator January LaVoy was recently honored as a Golden Voice by AudioFile. January is a skilled narrator who draws listeners into whatever she's performing, whether it's a thrilling mystery or a compelling historical audiobook. We wanted to know more about January's journey to becoming an audiobook narrator, the differences between narrating in the booth and acting on stage, and all of the work that she does to inhabit so many dynamic characters. January has narrated hundreds of engaging...

Duration:00:32:39

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert, read by Blair Brown

7/1/2019
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Dive into a perfect summer audiobook from bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Vivian is a 95-year-old seamstress who came of age during WWII. Blair Brown narrates with a remarkably friendly demeanor as she recounts Vivian’s youthful escapades in New York City during the summer of 1940. The conversational storyline works well on audio, and the many dynamic characters come to life with Brown’s lively range of voices and accents. Published by Penguin Audio. Read the full review of CITY OF...

Duration:00:05:27

STEFAN RUDNICKI: Golden Voice Narrator

6/28/2019
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Stefan Rudnicki is honored as a Golden Voice, AudioFile's lifetime achievement honor for audiobook narrators. Stefan’s deep baritone voice is distinctive and engaging. His many performances of literary work have a classic feel informed by his scholarship, yet are still approachable for listeners. His confident world-building in many fantasy and sci-fi audiobooks—from Ben Bova to BATTLEFIELD EARTH—is legendary. Browse his full audiography, and explore his AudioFile profile page. Essential...

Duration:00:06:58

SIMON VANCE: Golden Voice Narrator

6/27/2019
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Simon Vance is honored as a Golden Voice, AudioFile's lifetime achievement honor for audiobook narrators. Simon brings a sense of adventure and wonder to his work—he’s on the journey with us to discover new worlds, characters, ideas. His charming British voice fits naturally with so many different characters, and his pronunciation of names and places seems effortless. After many years of recording, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO series cemented Simon’s fame. Browse his full audiography,...

Duration:00:05:31

JIM DALE: Golden Voice Narrator

6/26/2019
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Jim Dale is honored as a Golden Voice, AudioFile's lifetime achievement honor for audiobook narrators. Jim, as the narrator of all the Harry Potter audiobooks, may be responsible for introducing audiobooks to generations of listeners. Jim’s ability to create whimsical, imaginative character voices brings out all the fun and entertainment of the audiobooks he performs. Browse his full audiography, and explore his AudioFile profile page. Essential listens: HARRY POTTER series THE BEAST’S...

Duration:00:07:29

DAVINA PORTER: Golden Voice Narrator

6/25/2019
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Davina Porter is honored as a Golden Voice, AudioFile's lifetime achievement honor for audiobook narrators. Davina’s love of historical detail and her Scots heritage make her a perfect choice to narrate Diana Gabaldon’s multi-volume OUTLANDER series. Davina’s elegant, articulate narrations seem effortless. Her performances on many classics like ANNA KARENINA set the gold standard. Browse her full audiography, and explore her AudioFile profile page. Essential Listens: OUTLANDER...

Duration:00:07:40