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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966

Listening to Martin Luther King, Jr.: Audiobooks That Illuminate His Legacy

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., meet at the White House, 1966

Audiobooks create a immersive and affecting way to understand and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. His accomplishments will continue to resonate for generations, but the short period when he was active with the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until April 4, 1968, was a mere 13 years. There is much to explore among these audiobooks, and many opportunities to be inspired by Dr. King, “A prophet of justice, a leader of tremendous will, a moral and spiritual defender of good.” (“View From the Mountain” by Maja Thomas, AudioFile, February 1999.) Read more…

Simon Vance

5 Questions with Simon Vance

Simon VanceIs there genre or style today’s Take 5 narrator can’t handle? If there is, I haven’t discovered it. Veteran narrator Simon Vance is one of the kings of audiobook performers and a favorite of thousands of listeners (me included).

Simon’s voice has been my companion for many hours over the years, helping me navigate fantasy worlds as well as the very real past and contemporary culture. I’m sure you agree: If you see his name is on an audiobook cover, you know the performance will be fabulous. Read more…

Wintery Listens

Cozying up with a Cozy

Wintery ListensBaby, it’s cold outside (for some of us). Time to cozy up with some cozies. The definition of “cozy”( or in the UK, “cosy”) seems to be very elastic. Agatha Christie, with her Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series, is often cited as the originator of this mystery sub-genre. Listeners might enjoy the 2017 Audible Original full-cast recording of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. For those who have taken on the #ListeningChallenge2019, this would be a perfect way to breeze through Challenge #1: Listen to an audiobook performed by a full cast. Read more…

Adenrele Ojo

Adenrele Ojo on Josephine Baker

Adenrele Ojo loved experiencing Josephine Baker’s life through narrating Sherry Jones’s historical fiction about the groundbreaking entertainer, civil rights champion, and possible spy. She says JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE is a “definite ride” and an enthralling listen. Hear more about this riveting audiobook from Adenrele herself.

“If you think you know about Josephine Baker, I’m here to tell you there is so, so, SO much more to learn.”—Narrator Adenrele Ojo

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I Love Lucy - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom

In the Studio with I LOVE LUCY

I Love Lucy - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom
Abigail Marks, Sarah Drew, Oscar Nuñez, Ron Bottitta

Go behind the scenes of making an audio drama as Susan Loewenberg, producing director of L.A. Theatre Works, tells us about their new production of I LOVE LUCY: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom.

AudioFile: Tell us about the casting process for I LOVE LUCY, especially for the roles of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. And once they were cast, what kind of preparation did the actors do to play these real-life characters? Read more…