Behind the Mic: Vinegar Girl

Narrator Kirsten Potter speaks to us from her backstage dressing room as AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear more about her audiobook performance of Anne Tyler’s VINEGAR GIRL.

“There’s Russian scientists and acerbic modern women . . . it’s remarkably universal in how quirky they are.”

Vinegar Girl

by Anne Tyler, read by Kirsten Potter
Random House Audio

From BREATHING LESSONS to A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD readers—and listeners—of Anne Tyler’s novels always follow her work closely. Her retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the Hogarth Shakespeare Series will keep fans listening. Kirsten Potter brings alive this thoroughly contemporary sharp-tongued Kate.

Kirsten Potter
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Tease: September’s New Releases

Some Romance choices from James Patterson’s Bookshots series, and other audiobook titles to charm your September listening hours.

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by Nicole Jacquelyn, read by Alastair Haynesbridge

by Lauren Horowitz, read by Lauren Fortang

by Samantha Young, read by Tad Branson and Angelica Lee

by Samantha Towle, read by Brittany Pressley

by Beth Ehemann, read by Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers

September 13, 2016:

by Carolyn Brown, read by Brittany Pressley

September 27, 2016:

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel

by Jennifer McQuiston, read by Lana J. Weston

by Helen Hardt, read by Sebastian York, Neva Navarre

Want to be sure your next audiobook is charming?
Browse AudioFile’s newest romance reviews

Solve: A Great Reckoning

Robert Bathurst is a new voice to Louise Penny‘s series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, but listen to the distinctive and delightful stamp he puts on the characters.

A Great Reckoning
by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
Macmillan Audio

The future of the Sûreté depends—once again—on Gamache’s ability to clean out corruption at the Academy du Quebec and to solve a mystery much closer to the village of Three Pines. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE.

Browse our newest mystery reviews to find your next great listen!

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Self: Making Space to Have a Life

If your life is anything like mine, you’ve probably had the experience of spending time in someone’s beautifully neat home and then returning to your own place, which, to make an unfair comparison, looks more like a construction site. I always feel good when I’m prodded for whatever reason to clean and organize my living space. It’s “show work” in psychological terms—an immediate visual reward, but too often not one that becomes part of a sustainable pattern of behavior. For me, throwing things out and properly stowing what I keep is soothing. It creates a lovely physical and mental space that promotes happiness and creative energy. But such good habits are elusive for most of us. It’s easier to do that sort of organizing on impulse than to commit to a routine that provides benefits day after day.

JUNK by Alison Stewart, read by the Author
A travelogue of observations on our overstuffed American homes.

THE JOY OF LESS by Francine Jay, read by Teri Schnaubelt
A collection of intuitive strategies for less stuff.

The Joy Of Less

UNSTUFFED by Ruth Soukup, read by Windy Lanzel
Managing overstuffed lives.


JOY ON DEMAND by Chade-Meng Tan, read by Telly Leung
A conversational guide to inner joy, and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

Joy On Demand

THE MORE OF LESS by Joshua Becker, read by the Author
A handbook for getting rid of the stuff that keeps you from pursuing your dreams.

The More Of Less

Many of the audios we highlight here help us accept the reality that clutter is truly the common cold of American life and that dealing with it is not a one-time project. For you, me, and everybody, it’s a mental commitment to minimize what we bring home in the first place and put away the things we already have—every day. Over the hours we allow these audios into our lives, they help us develop that commitment because they grab and hold our attention with the primitive power of the human voice. Combined with the emotional sensibilities and thinking of these authors, the narrators’ performances create the connection we need to be uncomfortable with the status quo and more optimistic about our capacity to do what we say we want to do.

This Learning by Ear has been edited from its original longer form in the print issue of AudioFile Magazine, August/September 2016.

September: Listen to Learn

We listen and learn in pretty much every month of the year, but this September AudioFile is focusing our recommendations and posts on the personal growth, business, and inspirational titles that give us useful, accessible advice and help us learn.

September always seems like a great month for optimism, and many of the audiobook titles we love reflect the possibilities of personal change and new ideas and perspectives. Here are some AudioFile staff favorites:

From Editor-in-Chief, Robin Whitten: SMALL IS THE NEW BIG by Seth Godin

I’m a big fan of Seth Godin and usually listen to most of his titles. A title that inspired me —10 years ago—to keep plugging away with the magazine is SMALL IS THE NEW BIG.

Small Is The New Big

From Contributing Editor, Priscilla Grant:  QUIET by Susan Cain & YEAR OF YES  by Shonda Rhimes

Are you an introvert? I found inspiration and insight in these two very different listens: Kathe Mazur’s skillful reading of Susan Cain’s QUIET, and Shonda Rimes’s lively telling of her own YEAR OF YES. My conclusion: Love your shy self…and get out there and dance!

Year Of Yes

From Associate Editor, Leslie Dillon: THE ART OF PEOPLE by Dave Kerpen

Dave is approachable, entertaining, and informative in this. I laughed out loud as I listened to it on a flight and even tweeted him about it. He tweeted back, proving his points; truly a new HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE.

The Art Of People

From AudioFile Reviewer, Miriam Kahn:  THE INVISIBLE EMPLOYEE by Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton

I listened to and reviewed THE INVISIBLE EMPLOYEE  years ago, but it stays with me today. The magic words are “Please” and “Thank You.” That’s all it takes, along with positive feedback. I truly learned that the phrase “no news is good news” is the worst way to manage and work with others.

The Invisible Employee

From Publisher, Michele Cobb: EAT THAT FROG by Brian Tracy

As someone who loves to do the “frog” tasks first, I always liked this one.

Eat That Frog

From AudioFile Reviewer, Lance Eaton: SMALL BIG: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence by Steve J. Martin, Noah Goldstein & Robert Cialdini

The authors provide great ideas on how to ethically incite change in people, and they ground their ideas in a variety of research.

The Small Big

From Contributing Editor, Francisca Goldsmith: ON WRITING by Stephen King & HOW TO BAKE PI by Eugenia Cheng

These are two learning audios I hold in esteem.

How To Bake Pi

In addition to a month-long focus on recommendations, we’ll be launching Self: Choices for Mind, Body, and Soul here on the blog. Contributing Editor Thomas Walken’s “Learning By Ear” column has been a mainstay in our print editions for years, and now it will be available to our blog readers as well. Stay tuned tomorrow for “Making Space to Have a Life.”

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