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5 Audiobooks for New Beginnings

5 Audiobooks for New Beginnings

5 Audiobooks for New Beginnings

Every January offers the chance for new beginnings, but this year we seem to crave that change more than ever. Most of us are anticipating a bright 2021, filled with the hope that the normal rhythms of our lives are on the near horizon. It does indeed appear that we’re just months away from returning to our offices and visiting, face to face, with our friends and family.

Still, the flip side of that reality is one more push to stay at home and stay safe and healthy. January 2021 is the perfect time to reinvigorate, learn new skills, revamp our home office, or plan for the future. As you might guess, listening to an audiobook is a great way to help us reach those goals and ease our minds over the next few months.

The following audiobooks focus on different aspects of our lives, from boosting our creativity to securing our retirement. Whichever title calls to you, it’s sure to help you have the best year ever. So let’s get listening!

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5 Scandalous Romances

Listen to These 5 Scandalous Romances

5 Scandalous Romances

It’s January, and for some, it’s the doldrums of the year. The holidays, such as they were, are over, and life may seem a bit flat and uninflected. Fear not! I have saved this group of romances, chock full of scandal and outrage, to flavor your January listening. Whether people are talking on social media or gossiping behind their fans at a ball in London, scandals are society’s judgment on unusual, alarming, or sensational conduct. Of course scandal is entirely subjective. Judge for yourself if these couples are outrageous, skirting propriety, or simply falling in love on their own terms. Read more…

Last Sentence of 2020!

Last Sentence of 2020!

Last Sentence of 2020!

We continue the tradition of inviting audiobook narrators to share the last sentence they record during the outgoing year, and then we weave them into an original tale that may make you feel as if you bypassed the drinking part of experiencing drunkenness to welcome in the new year. And certainly, as narrator Andi Arndt tweeted to get this year’s edition underway: “I just planned out my sprint to the #lastsentenceof2020 . . . Because if ever a year needed a final punctuation mark, it was this one!” This year’s edition, as ever, comes to you with verb tenses and punctuation intact from their original texts, which means, as ever, that you have to be a bit flexible in sorting out this story’s timeline, and be prepared to allow a great deal of uncertainty in point of view. You’ll find a footnote for each sentence below the hallucinogenic tale so that you can see title, author, and contributing narrator—the better to watch out for completed projects appearing and ready for your audiobook listening pleasure in 2021, my dears!

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Beat the winter doldrums with these mystery audiobooks

Beat the Winter Doldrums with These Mystery Audiobooks

Beat the winter doldrums with these mystery audiobooks

The snow has arrived in the Northeast, covering my world with a foot of beautiful white snow—which is slowly turning gray to match the sky. Can you tell that I am feeling a bit stir crazy? Snowed-in. COVIDed-in. Like many of you, I am yearning for an escape to someplace warm and different than my own living room. But it looks like this year, I will have to take my winter vacations through audiobooks. Read more…

Behind the Mic 2020 Best Audiobooks Narrator Interviews

Behind the Mic with 2020 Best Audiobooks Narrators

Behind the Mic 2020 Best Audiobooks Narrator Interviews

AudioFile’s editors were thrilled to celebrate the 2020 Best Audiobooks this  December. Special highlights were the interviews spotlighting narrators whose work earned them a spot on the Best Audiobooks list, all featured on our Behind the Mic podcast. In case you missed them, here are conversations with nine narrators of some of the year’s best audiobooks. Read more…