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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

Contact:

207-774-7563


Episodes

BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Guy Lockard

10/1/2020
Guy Lockard delivers an outstanding performance of Jacqueline Woodson’s brief, eloquent story of 12-year-old ZJ, whose father, a former pro football player, is suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The story is set in the early 2000s when little was known about the dangers of repeated head injuries in football, and listeners will follow the story of one family’s painful, slow realizations of loss. Lockard gives voice to the exhilarating before time with happy football games...

Duration:00:06:17

OVERGROUND RAILROAD by Lesa Cline-Ransome, read by Shayna Small, Dion Graham

9/30/2020
The rumble of train tracks, warm twangs of a banjo, and soft humming set the scene for this children’s audiobook tracing a family’s journey north during the Great Migration. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly talk about this skillfully layered audiobook that mirrors the richness found in the picture book’s moving illustrations. Narrator Shayna Small embodies Ruth Ellen, a young Black girl who is escaping life on a tenant farm for a new life in New York. Dion Graham calls out as the...

Duration:00:06:15

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone, read by Dion Graham

9/29/2020
Powerhouse author and narrator duo Nic Stone and Dion Graham return to create a moving and hopeful audiobook, a companion to Stone’s debut, DEAR MARTIN. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss a beautifully delivered audiobook that is centered around 16-year-old Quan, a Black boy wrongly incarcerated in a juvenile detention center. Stone narrates her author’s note that frames her story and tells of her inspiration — teens she met who didn’t have the opportunities that her first...

Duration:00:06:30

¡VAMOS! LET'S GO EAT by Raúl the Third, read by Gary Tiedemann

9/28/2020
Ride through the market with Little Lobo and his friends as they gather up a delicious feast for hungry luchadors before their wrestling match begins. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed about the fun and sweet audiobook that has been keeping her family happy (and hungry) together at home. Narrator Gary Tiedemann’s narration brims with delight as he zips young listeners from food truck to elote cart, perfectly matching the fun and busy energy of Raúl the Third’s sequel to ¡VAMOS!...

Duration:00:06:05

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

9/25/2020
Robert Bathurst is just about perfect narrating the 16th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel — this time, in Paris. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss what might be the best Louise Penny mystery yet. The Gamaches have left Three Pines, Québec, for Paris for the birth of their newest grandchild. When Gamache’s godfather, billionaire Stephen Horowitz, is almost killed, Gamache works to uncover an elaborate conspiracy. Penny’s intricate plotting and colorfully drawn characters...

Duration:00:06:37

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder, read by Thom Rivera

9/24/2020
A new audio version of the classic novel by Thornton Wilder is good news. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Thom Rivera’s narration of this brief but engaging audiobook. The story is set in the eighteenth century in colonial Peru at the moment one of the astounding rope bridges that crisscrossed the Andean gorges of the Inca Empire collapses. The story examines the lives of the five people who die together that day, uncovering layer after layer of relationships and purpose....

Duration:00:06:51

THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis, read by Erin Bennett, Lisa Flanagan

9/23/2020
Erin Bennett and Lisa Flanagan provide a smooth and entertaining narration of this historical mystery set inside the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Fiona Davis’s story featuring two timeframes set out like diary entries. Erin Bennett voices John Lyons, the library’s superintendent, and his wife Laura, a pioneering journalist and essayist, who lived and worked in the library in 1913. The story shifts to the granddaughter, Sadie, who...

Duration:00:06:16

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland

9/22/2020
Marin Ireland uses many theatrical gifts in her fine narration of this bittersweet novel. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the new audiobook from Fredrik Backman, the Swedish author of THE MAN CALLED OVE and BEARTOWN. To get the most out of this story, the reader must listen — Ireland is extraordinary. There are a multitude of characters, and each voice speaks in a sort of stream of consciousness. Ireland is able to capture the tone of each, showing a wonderful variety and...

Duration:00:05:54

WHEN THE DEAD COME CALLING by Helen Sedgwick, read by Julie Maisey

9/21/2020
The blustery wild coast and a spirit-filled sea cave make an eerie setting for the small, almost forgotten village of Burrowhead. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how Julie Maisey rises to the challenge of narrating Helen Sedgwick’s new brooding mystery. DI Georgie Strachan and her assistants manage a small police force who rarely see violent crime — but suddenly, there are murders. Maisy captures the moody setting, with its violent weather and suspicious birds, as well as...

Duration:00:05:42

INTIMATIONS by Zadie Smith, read by Zadie Smith

9/18/2020
Listening to award-winning author Zadie Smith read her collection of six personal essays about life in the year 2020 is such a transcendent experience that when done, you’ll want to start again from the beginning. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Smith’s audiobook, which she reads with a smooth, warm, London-born voice and a quick but not too fast pace. The witty, observant, thoughtful essays touch on the pandemic, womanhood, America, families, classism and racism, reading...

Duration:00:06:01

MILL TOWN by Kerri Arsenault, read by Kerri Arsenault

9/17/2020
Kerri Arsenault narrates her examination of Mexico, Maine, the mill town she grew up in, uncovering stories of corporate greed and malfeasance, communities torn between needing mill jobs and struggling to stay healthy, and so much more. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Arsenault’s narration and how her passion comes through with just the right amount of sincerity and caring. She never overdoes her heartbreaking depiction of the price a community must pay because of a...

Duration:00:06:13

LIKE CRAZY by Dan Mathews, read by Dan Mathews

9/16/2020
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Dan Mathews’s entertaining memoir about caring for his elderly mother in a raggedy old Virginia house. His voice is full of quiet amusement as he recounts the ups and downs of life with his larger-than-life mom, which includes spontaneous costume parties, vegan feasts, and home improvement mishaps. His lively, heartfelt performance adds a lot of depth to a lighthearted but ultimately moving book about a complicated mother-son relationship....

Duration:00:05:59

DEAR LIFE by Rachel Clarke, read by Rachel Clarke

9/15/2020
Rachel Clarke’s authentic reading of her audiobook allows her humanity to shine and her written words to be transformed into a moving listening experience. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this memoir by a British doctor and former journalist who works with patients at the end of their lives. Her proper British articulation and relaxed phrasing are soothing, which softens the harsh physical realities she encounters in her end-of-life medical practice. Published by Macmillan...

Duration:00:05:39

SITTING PRETTY by Rebekah Taussig, read by Rebekah Taussig

9/14/2020
Rebecca Taussig’s humor and passion shine through in her lively delivery of this illuminating collection of essays about disability. AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discusses this new audiobook with host Jo Reed. Taussig captures the ups and downs of ordinary life in a disabled body: dating, navigating her first year of teaching, searching for an accessible apartment. Part wake-up call, part call-to-action, this audiobook will resonate with anyone who lives in a body, disabled and nondisabled...

Duration:00:05:54

YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria, read by Seraphine Valentine

9/11/2020
Seraphine Valentine narrates Alexis Daria’s charming romance where the two leads fall in love on the set of a new TV rom-com — and behind the scenes. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss costars Jasmine Lin and Ashton Suárez’s disastrous meet-cute and the roller coaster romance that follows. Both Jasmine and Ashton are hoping to make their new TV series a launching point for bigger steps in their careers, but they don’t count on falling in love. Valentine highlights all their...

Duration:00:07:06

PUNCHING THE AIR by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam, read by Ethan Herisse

9/10/2020
Ethan Herisse narrates this poignant novel in verse with a soft, slow, and somber tone, conveying all the intense emotions of Amal, a teenage boy who was wrongly incarcerated. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed about this powerful audiobook, co-written by author Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five. Both poets’ brilliance shines in every line, and as the verses build and deepen, Herisse increases the earnestness of Amal’s journey to hold onto hope. Published by...

Duration:00:06:23

THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Micaiah Johnson, read by Nicole Lewis

9/9/2020
Nicole Lewis captivates as she narrates a story of greed, love, redemption, identity — and interdimensional travel. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly talk about Micaiah Johnson’s thrilling sci-fi audiobook. Cara is a traverser who travels between alternate universes for a big tech company. When a routine job goes wrong, she discovers dangerous secrets that upend her understanding of her world, and all the others. Nicole Lewis inhabits Cara, and listeners will feel all the tension...

Duration:00:06:00

THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI by Akwaeke Emezi, read by Yetide Badaki, Chukwudi Iwuji

9/8/2020
Nigerian-American author Akwaeke Emezi's lyrical and heartbreaking third novel is brought to life by the extraordinarily gifted pairing of narrators Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss how Emezi’s prose comes to life in this audiobook centered around Vivek’s life and death in 1990s Nigeria. It’s an audiobook that explores grief, family, transgender identity, and societal expectations, with a vibrant third-person narration by Badaki and...

Duration:00:05:06

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson, read by Robin Miles

9/7/2020
Robin Miles’s powerhouse performance and Isabel Wilkerson’s excellent writing are perfectly matched in this stunning examination of the egregious effects of caste systems. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss how hearing Miles’s clear, warm, and passionate narration helps listeners understand and resonate with this deep exploration of the caste systems in India, the United States, and Nazi Germany. A must-listen. Published by Random House Audio. Find more audiobook...

Duration:00:05:25

WHY WE DRIVE by Matthew B. Crawford, read by Ron Butler

9/4/2020
Ron Butler’s narration of this mediation on the meaning of driving takes listeners by the lapels and gently shakes their preconceived notions. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this treatise on all the reasons to hit the open road and explore by car. Author Matthew B. Crawford champions both driving and fixing cars as ways to exercise our freedom, and he takes a deeper look at technological advances such as driverless vehicles. Perfect for listening as you traverse the open...

Duration:00:05:12