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Author Kate Atkinson on Her Captivating Audiobook Mysteries

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s most recent Jackson Brodie mystery, BIG SKY, came out this summer, and I was so pleased to get to talk to her about her audiobooks in the August/September issue of AudioFile Magazine. Read my interview below.

Fans of the idiosyncratic private investigator Jackson Brodie should thank their lucky stars for Kate Atkinson, author of the Brodie novels. Not only did she create the character—world-weary yet hopeful, deeply moral, occasionally law-breaking, and, well, marvelous—she recommended actor Jason Isaacs for the role. Now he simply is Jackson Brodie on audio and in film, and she couldn’t be more pleased. Admittedly, they did have a “little friendly tussle” over Brodie’s accent, which in Isaac’s rendition is more generically Northern England than what the Yorkshire-born author hears when she writes. “But he has to do lots of other characters as well, and he does do them excellently. It’s definitely an art.” She acquiesced about Brodie’s accent. “Now,” she laughs, “he regards it as his. I regard it as mine. But he does really regard it as his.” She smiles, for it has worked out just as she intended. Read more…

Nicholas Boulton

Journey on the Road Less Traveled with Narrator Nicholas Boulton

Who’s up for a 13th-century Welsh road trip? Let’s hit the road less traveled with Elizabeth Kingston’s historical romance DESIRE LINES, read by Nicholas Boulton. DESIRE LINES is book three in the Welsh Blades series, following THE KING’S MAN and FAIR, BRIGHT AND TERRIBLE. The author assures listeners that they are standalone audiobooks, but fair warning that if you listen to any one of them, as I did, you’ll probably want to listen to them all! Before I say more, let’s watch Nicholas Boulton sharing his experiences with narrating the story.

“It’s a lovely book to narrate. It’s full of rich period detail and wonderfully realized, authentic, and exciting characters we meet along the way.”—Narrator Nicholas Boulton

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Seven Listen-Alikes for Merci Suárez Changes Gears

7 Listen-Alikes for Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Seven Listen-Alikes for Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Many readers and listeners loved Meg Medina’s MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS. The audiobook, read by Frankie Corzo, was one of AudioFile’s Best of 2018, and the book won the 2019 Newbery Medal. There is lots to love about the confident, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suárez, and I was cheering for her as she navigated difficult changes in her close-knit extended family and school life. Curious listeners can watch our video to hear Frankie Corzo’s own insights into what it meant for her to narrate this story.

If you’re looking for more heartwarming audiobooks about friendship and family for ages 8 and up, here are a few of my favorite recommendations. Read more…

Podcast Anniversary

Podcast Anniversary: Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Podcast Anniversary

We’re celebrating here—our one-year anniversary of AudioFile’s podcast! Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine has published more than 275 episodes talking about an audiobook or audiobooks every weekday. And boy, have we learned a lot! We know about writing recommendations of audiobooks—we’ve practiced that for more than 25 years—but talking about listening choices is wholly different. And it’s a lot of fun. Read more…

California Wine Month

5 Audiobooks about California Wine

California Wine Month

Did you know that September is California Wine Month? If you’re lucky enough to live in California or have vacation time, you’ll be able to participate in special festivals, tastings, and tours hosted by the state’s vintners and growers. Late summer into early fall is also harvest time, so there’s lots of activity in the vineyards and wineries, and local restaurants and towns will be celebrating all things wine.

Can’t hop on a plane to California? Neither can I, but we can still participate in the celebrations wherever we live. My plan is to listen to a good audiobook set in the California wine world. I may, however, have to pour a glass of Napa Valley Cab to enhance the mood. Cheers and enjoy! Read more…