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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.


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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.






S6 E4: Mari Andrew, Antonio Neves, and Emily Rapp Black

S6 Ep 4: In this episode, meet writer and illustrator Mari Andrew, speaker and journalist Antonio Neves, and author and professor Emily Rapp Black. Go behind the mic with these authors and hear what inspired them to write their books, and the ins and outs of what it was like for them to narrate their own work. Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew: Stop Living on Autopilot by Antonio Neves:...


S6 E2: Mahogany L. Browne, Andrew Peterson, and Tim Tebow

S6 Ep 2: In this episode, meet writer, poet, and educator Mahogany L. Browne, musician and author Andrew Peterson, and baseball player and former quarterback, Tim Tebow. Listen in as each of these authors talks about the experience of writing and recording their latest audiobooks for young listeners. Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne: See the Wingfeather Saga and all books by Andrew Peterson:...


S6 E3: Gretel Ehrlich, Rabbi Steve Leder, and Toni Nieuwhof

S6 Ep 3: In this episode, meet travel writer and poet Gretel Ehrlich, Rabbi Steve Leder, and author and mediator Toni Nieuwhof. Whether it's finding solace in nature, beauty in grief, or fresh insight into difficult relationships, each of these authors has written and narrated audiobooks about moving from narrow spots into open, expansive spaces. Listen in to hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks. The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich:...


S6 E1: Tom Vanderbilt, Allison Moon, and Dr. Carl L. Hart

S6 Ep 1: In this episode, meet journalist Tom Vanderbilt, sex educator Allison Moon, and professor of neuroscience and psychology Dr. Carl L. Hart. What better way to kick off January than to try something new - whether that be in your working life, in your free time, or even (dare we say it?) in the bedroom. Go behind the mic to hear where these authors' boundless curiosity and extensive research took them - and where it might take you. Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt:...


S5 E66: Jim Collins, Jen Sincero, and James Rallison

S5 Ep 66: In this episode, meet researcher and bestselling business author Jim Collins, bestselling success coach Jen Sincero, and animator and creator of the webcomic "TheOdd1sOut," James Rallison. These authors have written inspiring books perfect for carrying listeners from 2020 into 2021 with much-needed gusto. Now, step into the studio to hear what it was like for each of them to narrate their audiobooks. BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0) by Jim Collins and William Lazier:...


S5 E65: Fannie Flagg and Clint Edwards

In this episode, meet bestselling author Fannie Flagg, and creator of the parenting blog No Idea What I'm Doing, Clint Edwards. The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg: Father-ish by Clint Edwards:


S5 E64: NaNoWriMo Special: What Makes a Good Story

S5 Ep 64: November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, a time when new writers and experienced authors alike participate in a single self-directed goal: write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. To celebrate the creative pursuit, this special episode of This Is the Author is a compilation of some of our favorite author answers to the question, “what’s your recipe for a good story?” Whether you are looking for the motivation to get words on the page or are...


S5 E63: Paola Ramos, Seth Godin, and Janna Levin

S5 Ep 63: In this episode, meet journalist Paola Ramos, entrepreneur and best-selling author Seth Godin, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Janna Levin. Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos: The Practice by Seth Godin: Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin:


S5 E62: Jonathan Aviv, Eric J. Furda, Jacques Steinberg, and Tiffany Aliche

S5 Ep 62: In this episode, meet doctor and clinical professor of Ontolaryngology Jonathan Aviv, University of Pennsylvania Dean of Admissions Eric J. Furda and bestselling author Jacques Steinberg, and financial educator and founder of “The Budgetnista” Tiffany Aliche. The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv, MD, FACS: The College Conversation by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg:...


S5 E61: Matthew McConaughey, Nick Offerman, and Anaïs Mitchell

S5 Ep 61: In this episode, go behind the mic with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actor and humorist Nick Offerman, and Tony Award-winning song writer Anaïs Mitchell. Step into the recording booth and hear what it was like for these artists to write and record their audiobooks, how the experience of reading their work affected them, and what they’re most excited to share with listeners. As Matthew says, “here we go, here we go, here we go!” Greenlights by Matthew...


S5 E60: Bishop Michael Curry, Riva Lehrer, and Heid E. Erdrich

S5 Ep 60: In this episode, meet bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry, artist and curator Riva Lehrer, and poet, editor, and writer Heid E. Erdrich. Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry and Sara Grace: Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer: Little Big Bully by Heid E. Erdrich:...


S5 E59: Jennifer Dasal, Emily Willingham, and John Jeremiah Sullivan

S5 Ep 59: In this episode, meet contemporary art curator Jennifer Dasal, journalist and science writer Emily Willingham, and writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan. ArtCurious by Jennifer Dasal: Phallacy by Emily Willingham: Blood Horses by John Jeremiah Sullivan:


S5 E58: Rich Villodas and Anne Graham Lotz

S5 Ep 58: In this episode, meet lead pastor of the New Life Fellowship church Rich Villodas, and global speaker and Protestant evangelist Anne Graham Lotz. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas and Pete Scazzero: The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz:


S5 E57: Misty Copeland, D.J. Steinberg, and Amyra León

S5 Ep 57: In this episode, meet ballet dancer Misty Copeland, artist and producer D.J. Steinberg, and playwright, musician, and educator Amyra León. Bunheads by Misty Copeland: Firebird by Misty Copeland: Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg: Concrete Kids by Amyra León:...


S5 E56: Shelby Forsythia, Ambi Kavanagh, and Kathryn Nicolai

S5 Ep 56: In this episode, meet Shelby Forsythia, podcast host and author of Your Grief Your Way, Ambi Kavanagh, podcast host and author of Chakras & Self-Care, and Kathryn Nicolai, podcast host and author of Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep. Your Grief, Your Way by Shelby Forsythia: Chakras & Self-Care by Ambi Kavanagh:...


S5 E55: Ger Duany, Erin Brokovich, and Matthew Yglesias

S5 Ep 55: In this episode meet, actor, speaker, and Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany, advocate and activist Erin Brokovich, and journalist Matthew Yglesias. Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany: Superman's Not Coming by Erin Brockovich: One Billion Americans by Matthew Yglesias:...


S5 E54: Hari Kunzru, Dan Chiasson, and Deborah Tannen

S5 Ep 54: In this episode, meet novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru, poet and critic Dan Chiasson, and professor and author Deborah Tannen. Red Pill by Hari Kunzru: The Math Campers by Dan Chiasson: Finding My Father by Deborah Tannen:


S5 E53: Sarah Frey, Kate Sekules, and David Chang

S5 Ep 53: In this episode, meet farmer and entrepreneur Sarah Frey, writer and clothes historian Kate Sekules, and chef David Chang. The Growing Season by Sarah Frey: Mend! by Kate Sekules: Eat a Peach by David Chang:


S5 E52: Laura Vanderkam and Robert Glazer

S5 Ep 52: In this episode, meet author and speaker Laura Vanderkam and CEO and entrepreneur Robert Glazer. The New Corner Office by Laura Vanderkam: Friday Forward by Robert Glazer:


S5 E51: Kendra Adachi, Jason Kelly, and John Roa

S5 Ep 51: In this episode, meet creator of the Lazy Genius movement Kendra Adachi, financial author Jason Kelly, and tech and lifestyle entrepreneur John Roa. The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi: The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly: A Practical Way to Get Rich . . . and Die Trying by...