While most of us are more than grateful to be saying “I don’t” to 2020, the year 2021 is predicted to be a wedding bonanza for everyone who had to postpone their lavish 2020 plans. So let’s sink into wedding dreams with these five wedding-themed audiobooks.
Many of us will be putting our usual late-winter traditions aside this year (no matter which December celebrations are on our calendar) and will be looking for new ways to brighten up our days. Even if your baking to-do list and party invitations have shrunk, you can still make things special in your home through shared activities.
Before putting out the art supplies or a Lego® set for your younger children or handing out the eggnog for the older set, be sure to cue up an age-appropriate audiobook. Just this once, put aside the stories with a lesson and choose something more fun: an adventure, a fantasy, or—as I suggest here—a tale with a mystery. As you decorate cookies, work on a jigsaw puzzle, or simply relax with a cup of cocoa, the whole family can make predictions about whodunit or what’s going to happen next in the audiobook. Read more…
Living in COVID times has forced us to reassess all of the everyday life activities that we had taken for granted: Casually dropping into the grocery store; going to the movies or a show; hanging out at the mall. And then there are relationships. We are learning the hard way how important human connections are and how we have to work at those relationships. Perhaps it’s the approach of a holiday season like none other that is highlighting for me the importance of our family and friends to our very well-being. Read more…
John Lee brings the polish and expressiveness of a gifted narrator—one who performs a perfectly credible Churchill voice—to THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, Erik Larson’s history of Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister of Britain and one of AudioFile’s 2020 Best Audiobooks in Biography & History. John shares his thoughts on narrating this fascinating intimate history with a focus on family dynamics in his narrator video.
“Even though I did this before we all locked down for COVID . . . it is interesting to be stuck at home with your family and realizing that those dynamics and tensions and joys affect the way that you lead your daily life—in this case, a man whose daily life involved actually trying to defeat the Nazis and save Britain from being overwhelmed.”—Narrator John Lee
In a bonus edition of Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine, narrator Frankie Corzo joins host Jo Reed to talk about her audiobooks, including MEXICAN GOTHIC. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s eerie horror novel is one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the year. This audiobook will not only creep you out, but it also captures the lush Mexican countryside. Frankie shares her story of how she got her start in acting and in audio, her thoughts on the immersive MEXICAN GOTHIC, and the joys of bringing complicated and multidimensional Latinx stories to life for listeners of all ages, including Meg Medina’s MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS.