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5 Questions with Phoebe Strole

5 Questions with Narrator Phoebe Strole

5 Questions with Phoebe Strole

I’m thrilled to welcome Phoebe Strole to this month’s Take 5 audiobook narrator spotlight. I’ve been a fan of Phoebe’s work for a few years now, and though she has adult fiction and nonfiction titles on her résumé, I think of her as one of my go-to narrators for middle grade and young adult audiobooks.

Her youthful, but not childish, inflections enrich stories about children and teens. At the same time, Phoebe conveys the full emotional intensity of the action or issues at hand. The following recommended audiobooks include some of my favorite examples of her vocal skills. Read more…

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

I call to your attention the contributions of Black authors to the mystery/thriller genre.

To go deeper than some of the better-known Black mystery authors I have mentioned often on the Solve blog, I turned to two online resources: The first is Frankie’s List, sponsored by Sisters in Crime, an organization I am proud to be a member of. The list was initially compiled by Frankie Y. Bailey (a mystery author in her own right) to provide a list of published African American Crime writers (all genders). It has since been expanded to include other Women of Color and LGBT writers. Read more…

Jake Abel

Narrator Jake Abel on Stephenie Meyer’s MIDNIGHT SUN

Actor Jake Abel narrated Stephenie Meyer’s newest audiobook, MIDNIGHT SUN, which tells the tale of TWILIGHT, but from vampire Edward Cullen’s point of view. Jake tells us about his experience narrating an audiobook for the first time and the responsibility of giving voice to Edward and the rest of the characters.

“I wanted to approach each person by their personality and their point of view, kind of how I prepare to do a film or TV show. Whatever comes out is because of what their wants and needs are.”—Narrator Jake Abel

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Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

Can Listening to These Fictional Contagions Distract Us from Our Real One?

Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

I have sewn a wardrobe of washable masks and discovered a heretofore unappreciated skill for following directional arrows along grocery store aisles. I don’t know what our post-COVID future will look like—better, worse, unrecognizable? The uncertainty makes me nervous, so I’m soothing my disquiet with fictional contagions. Some new; some classic; all guaranteed to divert you temporarily from the case counts in your neighborhood. Read more…

Take A Chance On Love

Take a Chance on Love with 5 New Romance Audiobooks

Take A Chance On Love

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Check out these brand new romance audiobooks all about taking chances. While the characters are dreaming big and taking leaps of faith, you’ll have guaranteed good listening. Read more…