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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…

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

The Thrill of Knowing Stuff (in Five Audiobooks)

Brief Answers to the Big QuestionsThis time of year, I want to be inspired and enlightened about things that matter while also being entertained. I seek hope about the future, even if that hope is tethered to a “what must happen to save the world” to-do list. Yes, watching the Great British Baking Show and listening again to Henning Mankell’s AN EVENT IN AUTUMN (read by the marvelous Simon Vance) have been satisfying diversions. But now I’m looking for empowerment, energy, and the happiness that comes from knowing stuff.

You too? Well, here are five audiobooks to get us started, beginning with Stephen Hawking’s BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS. Hawking’s “parting gift to humanity,” according to NPR, this short audiobook offers an eloquent and moving consideration of all that science has given us and the challenges left to face. Ben Whishaw’s gentle clear voice stands in eloquently for Hawking, making the science easy to understand and the human lessons significant. This will be one to play more than once and treasure forever. Read more…

CD Reiss

Intense Romantic Suspense from CD Reiss

Rough EdgeNot all romance audiobooks are meet-cutes and happily-ever-afters. Author CD Reiss won the 2017 Audie Award for Erotica for MARRIAGE GAMES, narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe. The first audiobook in her new series, ROUGH EDGE, takes on war, violence, and sex. The content may not be for every listener, but narrators Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden hold the complex psychological plot together with their well-crafted performances. Read more…