AudioFile’s 2020 Best Young Adult audiobooks offer a wide range of stories for teen listeners. Each are AudioFile Earphones Award winners, and they showcase the incredible talent of the narrators and creativity of the authors. Skilled narrators use their evocative performances to draw listeners into rich fantasy worlds, revisit historical moments, and to help listeners empathize with impossible situations. Two of the titles on this year’s list are narrated by the authors themselves, who draw on their own lived experiences and extensive research to breathe life into their words. A closer look at the list reveals multiple titles in verse, illustrating the power of hearing poetry read aloud. Read on to find out more about why each of these audiobooks earned a spot on AudioFile’s list of 2020 Best Young Adult audiobooks. Read more…
I am always so excited to see which audiobooks make it into AudioFile’s annual Best Audiobooks list. This year’s picks for Best Children’s & Family Listening audiobooks are truly stellar, representing the absolute best in listening experiences for kids and families. If you are looking for audiobooks to share with kids this year, you can’t go wrong with any of these!
Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt shares her thoughts on recording Jordan Ifueko’s RAYBEARER. Listeners meet Tarisai as a lonely younger girl growing up with a distant mother, and we feel her astonishment when she’s brought to the palace in Aristar and meets the prince — and discovers her new friend is the person her mother cursed her to kill. This vibrant and multilayered fantasy audiobook comes to life with Joniece’s evocative narration. RAYBEARER earned a spot on AudioFile’s list of the 2020 Best Young Adult Audiobooks, making it one that truly deserves to jump to the top of your must-listen list.
“You watch her save the world… and that was really cool, to be inside of a story of a young woman that got to stand in her truth and in her power. You watch a princess mature into a queen.”—Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Narrator and actor Robert Bathurst joins host Jo Reed for a conversation about his journey to audiobook narration and his performances of the much-loved mystery audiobook series by Canadian author Louise Penny. ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE is Penny’s 16th outing starring Chief Inspector Gamache, and it’s one of AudioFile’s picks for the 2020 Best Mystery Audiobooks. Fans adore spending time with the residents of Quebec’s Three Pines and the insightful Gamache, and it’s a treat to discover more about the series from the Earphones Award- and Audie Award-winning narrator.
Listen to Jo and Robert’s conversation below, and read on for a partial transcript.