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7 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

7 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

7 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

I love how a good audiobook can pick me up and take me far away from my current reality. While we can’t travel back in time (or even outside our houses right now), these audiobooks allow us to travel through space AND time, as narrators enliven different eras, characters, and events for young listeners. Read more…

5 Romances with Unexpected Revelations

5 Romances with Unexpected Revelations

5 Romances with Unexpected Revelations

Rewind to February 1. What did you think you’d be doing right now? Going on a vacation or attending a crowded conference? Having dinner with family and friends with more than five people in one house? Blowing out candles on a cake that people would then dare to eat without spraying it with Lysol first? Attending pub trivia on a busy weeknight shoulder to shoulder with everyone else? Turns out, life had other plans for us. The unexpected revelations of life can be upsetting, or, if we look for the silver lining, they can be fodder for excellent audiobooks! So let’s dive into romances where the characters are forced to face those curveballs, in the hopes that humor and a happily-ever-after can turn difficult situations into opportunities . . . or at the very least, a good listen. Read more…

Steven Weber

In Conversation with Actor and Narrator Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Jo Reed speaks with actor and narrator Steven Weber in our newest bonus episode of AudioFile’s podcast, “Behind the Mic.” Steven is known for his roles in “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Wings,” and “Indebted.” And he has narrated audiobooks by Harlan Coben and Stephen King and starred in audio dramas from L.A. Theatre Works. Listen to their full conversation below.

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5 Questions with Susan Ericksen

5 Questions with Narrator Susan Ericksen

5 Questions with Susan Ericksen

Today’s guest narrator is the voice of two of my favorite mystery series, both of which I highlight today. Though Susan Ericksen is a beloved narrator of mystery and suspense, her audiobook repertoire is, in fact, wide ranging and includes romance, history, personal essays, biography, classics, literary fiction, and fantasy.

Along with thousands of other listeners around the world, I’m impressed with Susan’s ability to smoothly transition between fictional plot lines, carrying us, for example, from the steamy bedroom of a couple in love to a gritty crime scene without a hitch. When performing nonfiction audiobooks, Susan delivers that perfect level of expressiveness: one that keeps us engaged but doesn’t distract from the voice of the author, whether we’re listening to memoir, history, or current affairs.

The following audiobooks (and series) exemplify Susan’s array of talents and why we listening fans have stayed true to her through series and across genres. Read more…

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

Listen to These Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks with Your Kids and Teens

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

What’s a grandmother to do? My 6-year-old grandson has become so enraptured with listening to Jim Dale’s reading of the HARRY POTTER series that he drew a lightning bolt on his forehead. He did a good job of it—and he did it with a permanent ink marker. Needless to say, his parents weren’t happy, and I had to try very hard not to laugh when this was revealed on our FaceTime call this week. I was just glad he didn’t decide to do it on his 4-year-old sister’s forehead as well. Ah, the power of audiobooks and children’s imaginations!

One of the greatest challenges I see parents facing with children home and in their care 24/7 is how to educate, engage, and entertain without having them glued to a screen. Audiobooks are a great solution, and the Harry Potter series is a great place to start. They can be downloaded for free from most public libraries now through their library apps, such as Overdrive or Libby. (For Harry Potter fans, you can now listen to J.K. Rowling’s THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. This is a novella (a collection of five fairy tales) that grew out of the Harry Potter world of wizardry. The audiobook is narrated by a talented full cast.) Read more…