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Solve: Rather Be the Devil

When a narrator and an audiobook series fit perfectly together, the union can be a true work of art. It melds the author, performer and audience in a marriage of entertainment; not just a one-night stand, so to speak. They’re in for the long haul. That’s exactly the case with James MacPherson and Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series.

Rather Be The Devil

RATHER BE THE DEVIL
Ian Rankin, read by James MacPherson
Hachette Audio/ Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

MacPherson has been with the series since the very beginning. He knows Rebus’s tics and peculiarities as well as his distinctive humor and mannerisms. So when you’ve got a good thing going, why change it? MacPherson is back to read RATHER BE THE DEVIL, the 21st John Rebus novel from Rankin, and it’s a winner—an Earphones winner.

 

Those unfamiliar with the series can jump in easily at this book, but the excellent pairing will certainly have you checking out the backlist as well. Series fans are sure to enjoy their newest visit with an old friend. Still not sure? Check out this fun interview (above) with the two men responsible for this award-winning audiobook series.

Read AudioFile’s full review and listen to a sound clip here. or browse more reviews of Ian Rankin’s audiobooks.

Self: Romantic Partnerships

Many listeners are grateful to be  part of a long-term romantic partnership. We have so many listening choices on ways to look at love: from stand-up comic Aziz Ansari’s look at romantic love, MODERN ROMANCE,  or Ann Patchett’s THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE, to the how-to-be-a-grown-up-in-your-marriage primer, SCREAMFREE MARRIAGE, and film director Dana Adam Shapiro’s insights and advice in YOU CAN BE RIGHT (OR YOU CAN BE MARRIED). The authors themselves present many of these audiobooks, joined by talented narrators who reflect the different styles of the authors. Listen for love!

MODERN ROMANCE
by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg, read by Aziz Ansari
Penguin Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award, 2017 Audies Finalist

THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE
by Ann Patchett, read by Ann Patchett
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

SCREAMFREE MARRIAGE
by Hal Edward Runkel, Jenny Runkel, read by Hal Edward Runkel
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

THE THREE MARRIAGES
by David Whyte, read by David Whyte
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

MARRIED AND STILL LOVING IT
by Gary Chapman, Harold Myra, read by Peter Berkrot
Oasis Audio

YOU CAN BE RIGHT (OR YOU CAN BE MARRIED)
by Dana Adam Shapiro, read by Daniel Maté
Post Hypnotic Press

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Behind the Mic: Blood for Blood

We’re tempted by the emotional roller coaster of this teen title, BLOOD FOR BLOODAudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Christa Lewis to hear more about the sequel to WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin.

“I had no idea how gripping a young adult book could be.”—Narrator Christa Lewis

Blood for Blood

BLOOD FOR BLOOD
Ryan Graudin, read by Christa Lewis
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

The dramatic intensity of Graudin’s story is matched by Christa’s performance. Suspense, intrigue, and plot twists are all part of the game with this terrific alt-history audiobook. Read AudioFile’s full review and listen to a sound clip here.

Check all the latest new reviews of teen/ young adult audiobooks here.

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Tease: Audie Award Romance Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) celebrates “the best of the best” in the audiobook industry with the coveted Audie Award.  Below are the Romance Finalists for the 2017 Audie Awards.

The Obsession

THE OBSESSION
by Nora Roberts, read by Shannon McManus
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Glitterland
GLITTERLAND
by Alexis Hall, read by Nicholas Boulton
Hedgehog Productions
AudioFile Earphones Award

Duke of Sin
DUKE OF SIN
by Elizabeth Hoyt, read by Ashford McNab
Hachette Audio

First Star I See Tonight
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, read by Nicole Poole
Harper Audio

Dirty
DIRTY
by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt
Macmillan Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

2017-audies-finalist

Listen to sound clips and read reviews of  all the 2017 Audie Awards Finalists in 26 categories HERE.

 

Solve: Audiobook Round-up for Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States. A time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans. In recognition of the men and women who have played a central role in U.S. history—as well as the country’s future—I’ve put together a round-up of mystery and thriller audiobooks that have African-American themes, protagonists, and/or authors.

Recent research indicates that when we read fiction, we’re able to identify with the characters, regardless of our similarities or differences, and ultimately improve our capacity for empathy. So take a look at today’s list and find a dynamic character to slip into with your next audiobook.

Underground Airlines
UNDERGROUND AIRLINES

by Ben H. Winters, read by William DeMerritt
Hachette Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Ben H. Winters’s alternate history about a United States that never experienced Abraham Lincoln as its president, never had a Civil War, and never completely abolished slavery is brilliantly narrated by William DeMeritt. DeMeritt’s efforts on this audiobook are being recognized with a 2017 Audie nomination for best male narrator.

Darktown

DARKTOWN
by Thomas Mullen, read by André Holland
Simon & Schuster Audio

While Winters looked at a hypothetical world if history had been different, Thomas Mullen fictionalizes actual American history with the first black officers to serve on the Atlanta, Georgia, police force. André Holland also turns in an Audie-nomination-worthy performance for this powerful audiobook.

IQ

IQ
by Joe Ide, read by Sulllivan Jones
Hachette Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Joe Ide delves into the world of a young, genius black man who takes on a Sherlock Holmes-type role in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Sullivan Jones gives voice to the myriad facets of this fascinating new character in crime fiction. Another 2017 Audie nominee, IQ is an all-around winner.

Charcoal Joe

CHARCOAL JOE
by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman
Random House Audio/Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

A list recognizing African-American crime fiction would never be complete without Walter Mosely and his beloved investigator, Easy Rawlins. Longtime series narrator Michael Boatman brings this newest installment to life as Easy works to clear a black man accused of murdering a white man in 1960s Los Angeles. His efforts earned him a place on AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2016 list.

pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE
by Attica Locke, read by JD Jackson
Harper Audio/ Blackstone Audio

JD Jackson narrates Attica Locke’s second audiobook featuring her Houston lawyer protagonist, Jay Porter. PLEASANTVILLE delves into the issues confronting race in politics as Porter takes on a high-profile murder case. Locke was awarded the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for PLEASANTVILLE.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in African-American crime fiction. Help us continue this list by sharing some of your favorites in the comments.

Browse more audiobook titles by authors WALTER MOSLEY, THOMAS MULLEN, BEN WINTERS, and ATTICA LOCKE